29 November, 2006

Paul Chan

Known for his digital animation, Paul Chan (b. Hong Kong, 1973, lives New York) has made over 50 prints to date. He created the monumental digital print Worldwide trash (thanks for nothing Hegel) in 2004—a work with references to Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot, Francisco de Goya’s Disasters of War etchings, contemporary culture, and spirituality. Working in a digital mode with a mouse or drawing tablet, and the latest digital printing technology, Chan achieves great fluidity in color, scale, and detail.

Since 2000: Printmaking Now
Kurator: Judy Hecker
mit Sarah Morris, Andrea Zittel, John Currin, Matthew Barney, William Kentridge, Richard Tuttle, Elizabeth Peyton, Paul Chan, Kelley Walker, John Armleder, Swoon , Nicola Lopez


Chan's allegory overlays Fourier’s hedonistic social philosophies with animated images based on Darger's fantasies of garden worlds populated by armies of surprisingly pugnacious little girls, each of whom sports a full set of male genitalia. The characters frolic in a bucolic landscape, playfully indulging in every human physical desire only to confront a group of armed men in a battle scene.




(truetype font + audio CD, 2000)
Lowercase letters are phrases taken from popular love songs of the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. Uppercase letters are phrases taken from transcripts of sexual harassment cases in the United States from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. Numbers and symbols are words that heighten the tension between the play of the uppercase and lowercase letters as they shift between the voice of pleasure and the voice of violence.
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Paul Chan by Nell McClister

September 2006
Paul Chan’s 1st Light, a digital animated floor projection depicting two opposing tides of shadows moving in balletic slow motion, will be featured along with his drawings at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia in October and November. Chan is also included in the book Who Cares, a document of an experiment organized by Creative Time, to be published by D.A.P. in October. The book reproduces the conversations that took place between thirty-seven artists and thinkers over three dinners, as they discussed the viability of counter-cultural practice within the visual arts.
June 2006
Paul Chan is spotlighted in the summer issue of ArtForum. The article discusses work ranging from the artist’s large-scale, Godot-like digital projections to his recent video of convicted civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart.


1st Light, 2005. Digital animated projection onto floor, dimensions variable. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston


Chan is a 2003 Rockefeller Foundation new media arts fellow. His work has exhibited and screened at the Museum of Modern Art, New York Video Festival, and Rotterdam International Film Festival, among others. Chan will be included in the upcoming 2004 Carnegie International exhibition. Chan is represented by Greene Naftali Gallery in New York and his video work is distributed by Video Data Bank. New media work can be seen online at www.nationalphilistine.com. Chan received his B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and currently holds a position as lecturer for the department of fine arts at the University of Pennsylvania.

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