​Junwei Chen

Nail Jelly To A Wall

My curiosity about the environment and materiality drives me to capture these momentary and conscious images. They are fragmented, yet like suspended, silent, slow poetic processes that project the fluidity and anticipation of matter. I seek out all the senses produced by everyday life and the city, as well as the hidden, overlooked, re-edited visual cues, which remind me of what was and what is happening now. The metaphorical daily materiality of the images produces interesting or absurd frictions that may be overlooked by most fast-paced walkers, and I value these frictions as they give me a new perspective to interpret the essence of the objects and photography. The impulse inspired by curiosity about the landscape around me makes me unconsciously and habitually tap the screen without too much thought. I hope these images make people slow down and take a moment to rethink how objects, environments, textures, smells, and emotions are represented and reproduced in everyday life.

For each image, they don't link to each other. And many objects do not appear in their entirety in my photographs. I only capture the part of something to arouse the imagination. I think we are constantly in a state of "in-between," between certainty and uncertainty, between the abstract and the tangible, between the virtual and realness.

As the name of my work suggests, it is a comical disintegration. Although photography shows that it can hold something in place, there is always something that remains outside of the lens or the prints.