Discipline: Visual Art – mixed media

Chen Wang

Discipline: Visual Art – mixed media
Region: Roswell, NM
MacDowell fellowships: 2022

Visual artist Wang Chen incorporates drawing, sculpture, costumed performance, fabrication, sound engineering, and 3D game design to create highly saturated fictional immersive dreamscapes within video installation.

Wang’s recent solo exhibition at Lauren Powell Project, “In the Woods,” draws upon the artist’s concerns and anxiety concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. The project uses the dark woods as a metaphor to mimic the current chaotic present-day society, and explores both utopia and dystopia around issues such as power structures, politics, race, and gender.

They received a B.F.A. in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014 and an M.F.A. in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2018.

Wang has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at Fotografiska Museum in Stockholm, Sweden; Roswell Museum, New Mexico; Lauren Powell Project, Los Angeles; The Immigrant Artist Biennial, NYC; Alfred University; and Crosstown Art Center in Memphis.

Their Fellowships, awards, and residencies include those at New York Foundation for the Arts (Interdisciplinary), Vermont Studio Center, NYFA IMP 2018, NARS Artist Foundation in Brooklyn, and Roswell Museum.

Studios

Firth

Chen Wang worked in the Firth studio.

Originally a working barn perched atop the namesake hill of Hillcrest Farm, this building was converted to serve the arts in 1956. A grand set of windows was installed to make the large interior suitable for visual artists, bringing in abundant natural light from the north. The addition of a screened porch and accessible entrance ramp…

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