JOHN CHANG

LANGUAGE_1 LANGUAGE_2 LANGUAGE_3 LANGUAGE_4 LANGUAGE_5

Work1 Title: LANGUAGE_1 ”LOOKING THROUGH A WALL” Year: 2016 Materials: Spray Paint, and Carving letters (HD PVC) on WALL (INSTALLATION) Dimensions: H 12 W 12 D 10
Work2 Title: LANGUAGE_2 ”LOOKING THROUGH A WALL” Year: 2016 Materials: Spray Paint, and Carving letters (HD PVC) on WALL (INSTALLATION) Dimensions: H 12 W 18 D 10
Work3 Title: LANGUAGE_3 ”LOOKING THROUGH A CANVAS” Year: 2016 Materials: Spray Paint, and Carving letters (HD PVC) on Wood box Dimensions: H 48 W 72 D 12
Work4 Title: LANGUAGE_4 ”ONGOING PROJECT” Year: 2016 Materials: Spray Paint, and Carving letters (HD PVC) on Wood box Dimensions: H 22 W 28 D 12
Work5 Title: LANGUAGE_5 ”ONGOING PROJECT” Year: 2016 Materials: Spray Paint, and Carving letters (HD PVC) on Wood box Dimensions: H 28 W 36 D 12

Statement:
I was born and raised in Shanghai. By the 1980s, Deng Xiaoping initiated a more opendoor
policy, but I still had a deep desire to experience America and Western culture.
Immigrating to Boston to study art in graduate school, I discovered a more complex
society than I had imagined. Longing for a democratic system, I wasn’t prepared for the
magnitude of consumption both promoted and practiced. The great chasm between
Communist China and capitalist America was quite a shock and heightened my
awareness of self. Belonging to both worlds and to neither, I recognized the social
construction of cultural codes and their impact on identity.
Calligraphy expresses the shared space of the personal and the political. Chinese
students must devote many years to memorizing several thousand characters. Each
character must be written flawlessly and must be both neat and pleasing to the eye,
and such rote exercises condition one to submit to authority. In the public square and
all walls everywhere, big calligraphic characters were a constant reminder of a collective
voice, and so people discounted the empty rhetoric of the official media. Yet in classical
Chinese, the script, or shu, is so sacred that it is believed to be capable of affecting
change in the natural order of things. By invoking calligraphic forms, I am commenting
on the distortion of language, but I am also reclaiming the energy of the written word.
Tapping into my ancestral roots, I also use pigments for their symbolic power. For
example, black and white are the colors of most ink painting but also represent yin and
yang; red and yellow represent happiness, wealth, and health. I consider myself a
“spiritual escapist.”

Resume:

EDUCATION:
M.F.A., College of Art and Design, Lesley University Boston, Massachusetts
B.A., Decorative Arts and Design Shanghai Light-Industry College Shanghai, China
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2017 Mildred M. Cox Gallery (TBA) William Woods University Fulton, MI
2016 MILL CONTEMPORARY Santa Fe, NM
2014 Away From Home The SF Gallery San Francisco, CA
2013 UNTITLED Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery Coker College Hartsville, South Carolina
2013 “NO” series Ongoing Projects: Persistence & Transformation Gallery Temenos Kalamazoo, MI
2013 ENCONTERS OF SPACE NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY,
DEPT. OF FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS
2012 NOT SO BLACK AND WHITE INSIGHT Art Talks/Solo Exhibition LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER Lawrence, KS 66044
2012 Mill Fine Art Gallery Santa Fe, NM
2011 “EMBRACE THE CHAOS” San Diego International Airport Public Project San Diego, CA
2011 “Chaos” Gallery-Gray Mankato, MN
2011 “The Gap” Alexander Brest Museum Jacksonville University Jacksonville, FL
2011 “Language” Mill Fine Art Gallery Santa Fe, NM
TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS:
2014 Body/Language Cannon Gallery of Art Western Oregon University Monmouth, Oregon
2013 ”In Ink” COS ART GALLERY College of the Sequoias Visalia, CA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2017 Text vs. Context HERE Arts Center NYC, NY
2016 INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL PRINT EXHIBIT 2016 ROC National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art Taiwan, ROC
2016 RE CALL Mill Contemporary Santa Fe, NM
2016 DADA LIVES UC Blue Ash College Art Gallery Blue Ash, OH
2016 TEXT AS A THEME Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery Broward College, Davie, Florida
2015 13+2 The San Francisco Art Gallery San Francisco CA
2015 MEDIA MATTERS Foundry Art Center St. Charles, MO
2015 THE MASK OF THE ARTIST The San Francisco Art Gallery San Francisco CA
2015 TAKE ME WITH YOU: AN EXHIBITION WITHOUT BORDERS JOHN MICHAEL KOHLER ARTS CENTER Sheboygan, WI
2014 EMOTIONAL RESCUE: Art as Escapism or Cause Art Cube Gallery Laguna Beach, CA 92651
2014 INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL

Place: PASADENA, CA

Contact: johnc@johnychang.net

Website: http://www.johnychang.com/