Chang Yuchen:Sound Perfarmance

Chang Yuchen:Barbaric Poem

2015. 09. 12 – 2015. 10. 20

Opening Reception:2015/9/12, 4-6 pm

Sound Perfarmance: 2015/9/12, 5 pm

SUPPORT: FOU Gallery, New York >

Between Art Lab (Beijing) and Fou Gallery(New York) are pleased to announce the opening of Chang Yuchen’s solo exhibition on September 12, 2015. The exhibition, under the title of  “Barbaric Poem”, will be Chang Yuchen’s works based on different media, including wood block, installation,  artist’s book, and video etc. On the opening ceremony, she will display a sound work that combines human voice with electronic synthesizer. The exhibition will last until October 20, 2015.  

Chang Yuchen | Barbaric Poem
Chang Yuchen:Sound Perfarmance

Chang Yuchen:  Barbaric Poem

“Barbaric Poem”, as title, derives from “to write a poem after Auschwitz is barbaric” by Adorno  . As an essential part of an artist’s being, to write a poem is rather barbaric, as it usually requires the artist to remain indifferent to what is around so as to keep certain critical distance and mercilessly rinsing and filtering his or her own feelings so as to reach  “Lichtung des Sein”.  In Chang’s art, what is barbaric finds expression in the tension between the artist and the media used, between the media and the images- to be specific,  opposition between fragility and violence.  In “Rose”, an installation composed of eleven  pieces of copperplate, repeated erosion and rubbing turns the surface into something as rough as a wild and unsettled planet, depriving the rose of every bit of  the delicate and charming quality we usually associate with it.  In “Snake”, a set of copperplate etchings on mulberry paper, restrained treatment lends lightness and serenity to  those epic-like and apocalyptic images.  When looking closer, however, we find the intricately patterned scars on the surface of the snake are  actually recalling certain drastic history, in the same way quiet ruins take us back to the war years. In “Necklace, in Collaboration with Yuan Yi”, an installation based on material objects and video, Chang wears a necklace of sharp cullets-an ornament, but a dangerous weapon at the same time.  In such a daily and feminine  practice as wearing accessories, therefore,  violence is revealed in the same way.

Also on display are the artist’s book  “Contents of the Universe” and “ Book of Contents of the Universe”, both wearable, discussing visually the boundaries between mystery and enlightenment, experience and knowledge.  In addition, “Book of Sketches” is Chang’s conversation with her father about the influence of  the sketch of Su school on two generations of Chinese artists as a highly political pictorial approach;  “Book of Snakes”, based on imagined typology, explores the possibilities of texture and gradation in sketches… As Lisa Wainwright commented, Chang, who is deeply influenced by critical theories,  impresses us with diversity in methodology and refusal to be dominated by any style alone; instead,varieties of  ideologies mix, overlap, converge, and clash in her works. The contemporary and global quality inherent in  her experiment highlights the encounter between the East and the West, between tradition and modernity, turning these forms into poetic wonders.  

Chang Yuchen (b.1989, Shanxi Province, China) graduated from Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (BFA) in 2011 and School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA) in 2013. She currently lives and works in New York. Chang Yuchen works with a wide range of media: printmaking, artists’ book, video, sound performance and among others. Her re- cent shows include Chang Yuchen: Snake and Others at Fou Gallery, New York (2013), Boston Printmakers 2013 North American Print Biennial, at Boston University College of Fine Arts, Superstition 13 at San Francisco Center for Books, Gwangju Biennale 2011 at Gwangju Kunsthalle, Martell Focus on Talents Finalists Exhibition (2011) at Today Art Museum and A Decade Long Exposure: Central Academy of Fine Arts and Contemporary Chinese Photography (2010). Her work is collected by Museum of Modern Art library, New York; Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, Chicago.