Last Friday Lu Magnus presented Totally, the first New York solo exhibition by artist Tofer Chin.
The show highlights his new geometric paintings, photographic wall wrap, and sculptures that utilizes a color palette reflecting “the brash attitude of the ’80s and early ’90s skate culture,” which means, lots of black, white and neon.
Tofer sat down with me for 2 minutes before blowing me off for someone more important, but that was enough to get a real in depth feel for this new show and make a life long best bud.
JY: Whoa. You don’t look Chinese.
TC: Uhh… hello.
JY: I see this is your first solo exhibition in New York.
TC: Yes it is.
JY: What took you so long?
TC: Pardon me?
JY: During your last show “Alex,” you were on drugs. I’m glad to see you’re clean now.
TC: I wasn’t on drugs. It had a drug themed undertone via an Aldous Huxley quote but focused on Op-Art.
JY: I thought step 1 was admitting you had a problem? Doesn’t seem like rehab was that successful…
JY: Your geometric constructions are based on mathematical calculations. Did you use an abacus?
JY: You’re telling me that you’re that good at math that you didn’t need any help? You’re only half Asian, that doesn’t make sense.
TC: No abacus.
JY: I see you like stalagmites. What’s up with that?
TC: I enjoy the sharpness of the shape.
JY: Has anyone been impaled on your stalagmites?
JY: I’d impale someone with that.
JY: You’re 32?
JY: And your show’s color palette focuses on the brash attitude 80s and 90s skate culture?
JY: Oh nothing. Just looks like a silent mid-life crisis cry for help that’s all …
JY: Your painting, 31 White Lines on Black is made up of 31 white lines on a black background. Why isn’t it called 61 Lines of Black and White, or 3o Black Lines on White, and are you sure there are 31 lines?
TC: It’s a black background with 31 white lines on it. And yes, it has 31 lines.
JY: Are you sure, sure?
JY: Go count it for me…
JY: Are your parents upset that you’re an artist and not an acupuncturist?
TC: … (gets up and leaves)
JY: Great seeing you again Tofer!