About Chin Chih Yang
Multidisciplinary artist Chin Chih Yang was born in Taiwan, and has resided for many years in New York City. Where he studied at Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design. Among other honors, he has been a recipient of the Urban Artist Initiative Fellowship, a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a fellowship from the Franklin Furnace, and a fellowship from the New York State Council for the Arts, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council has granted him a Swing Space residency at Governors Island. An experienced multidisciplinary artist, his interests in ecology and constructed environments have resulted in interactive performances and installations that have been exhibited nationally and internationally; in the United States, Poland, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong, he has exhibited/performed in such spaces as: the Rockefeller Center, the United Nations, the Union Square Park, the Chelsea Museum, Queens Museum, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Exit Art, and Flux Factory and Taipei Art Fair, to name only a few.His work uniquely incorporates the actual rhythms and discords of human society, exhibiting them in terms of the waste materials wantonly discarded by industrialized production. Finding the modern world both disturbing and entrancing, he aims in his work to capture the complex state of anxiety and compulsive-fascination specific to the contemplation of contemporary social problems. His performances often dramatize the divided quality of the self, and he use video projections to create a discordant ambience specific to the themes of his performances.
Chin Chih Yang's work has been highlighted in The New York Times, the Taipei Times, CBS, NY Art Beat, the Village Voice, Time Out New York, Flavorpill and Art Asia Pacific magazine. NY1: its celebration of Asian- American artists with a profile of Chin Chih and the vivid works he makes out of mixed media. Also, Humphrey Hawksley of BBC world news interviewed him just last year for a special program on NYC Artists whose work on deals with political and social corruption. Recently he interviewed by Art Radar Asia's editor Kate Nicholson.
A great proponent of public art, Chin Chih has enacted his projects in outdoor spaces, including the UN, where he infamously projected a giant Taiwanese flag onto the building, and Union Square Park, the site of his recent popular art event, "Burning Ice." He is currently working towards the completion of a large-scale interactive installation called "The Control of Fear," which will lead participants into a direct awareness of the effects of natural and man-made disasters on the human psyche, engendering a consciousness of compassion thereby.