Yi-Fan Chen
Past Artist In Residence
2002

Yi-Fan Chen | Conceptual artist

Conceptual artist Yi-Fan Chen practices multimedia sculpture addressing errors in communication. His installation entitled “Languaging,” shown at 18th Street Arts Center (2002), signifies the ongoing transition of an idea from philosophical to practical form, or from visual to textual. With this piece, Yi-Fan Chen picks up where Barbara Kruger and Bruce Nauman left off – Authoritative, white raised Latin letters form scrambled words into nonsense phrases mounted on the installation wall. Multiple screens placed strategically about the space play footage of mouths moving, accompanied by drone-like sound and changing light. During simulated nighttime periods, the letters glow fluorescent green in the dark. The sensory information is at once plentiful and pointless, expressing doubt in communication accuracy.

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