For my work I’ve created a concept called Fantastic Functionalism. It is where the organic meets the industrial and nature meets science fiction. It involves creating objects, landscapes and environments imbued with extreme idealism and hope. For example in a drawing titled “Where the Wilderness Evolves,” the scene involves flying bus stops that can come to you before you miss the bus, walking boats and a mothership.
I look at everyday problems on an emotional, physical and social level and imagine new possibilities and solutions for them. This is expressed in my drawings, which are sculptural in nature. They are built up from combined shapes of objects from mushroom colonies to bridge cranes. By combining these aesthetic and functional details I create new objects and structures that I then build up to create imaginary landscapes or alternative universes. These fantastical environments involve the potential for movement, new structures and playful relationships.
I think of my work as the sketches or plans of a mad and naïve inventor creating organic machinery, viral landscapes, mutated transportation devices and cyclical systems from a playground of transformed shapes and bright colors. For example in a drawing titled “Alchemic Transmogrifier for Distressed Emotions,” the fictitious machine takes such emotions as heartache and anger and turns it into bricks for building your next home.
Artist Bio / CV
2005 M.A./M.F.A. Fine Art Sculpture, Slade School of Fine Art, London, England
1998 B.A. Communications with High Honors, University of California at Santa Barbara
1998 B.A. Chinese with High Honors, University of California at Santa Barbara
Solo and Two Person Exhibitions
2010 (Upcoming) Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, New York
06.2008 ‘Something To Wear...’, Juming Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
01.2007 Organic Transformed, LMAN Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Selected Group Exhibitions
12.2009 ‘Special Bake Swap Event: Public Project in collaboration with Double A Projects’ Cuchifritos, New York, New York
06.2009 ‘AIM 29: Living and Dreaming’, Curated by Micaela Giovannotti, The Bronx Museum, New York, New York
07.2008 ‘It’s Not Easy’, Exit Art, New York, New York
04.2008 ‘Urban Fantasy in Relation to Landscape, Celebrity, and Performance’, Curated by Stacy Engman, The National Arts Club, New York, New York
12.2007 Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, New York
12.2005 Exposures Film Festival, Cornerhouse, Manchester, England
10.2005 Arts in Marrakech Festival, Le Musée de Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco
06.2005 Slade School of Fine Art Degree Show, London, England
03.2005 ‘At Vladimir’s,’ Locus Athens, Athens, Greece
02.2005 ‘One Night Stand,’ Gallery 39, Cardiff, Wales
12.2004 The International Biennial Exhibition of Calcography, Venezia, Palazzo delle Prigioni, Italy.
12.2004 ‘Showdown,’ Hengrove Art Space, Bristol, England
10.2004 ‘Diffusion,’ Crawford Open Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork City, Ireland
Ernst & Young
The Wonderful Fund
Awards, Activities & Publications
2008-9 Artist in the Marketplace Residency, The Bronx Museum
2008-9 Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Fellowship
2005 Slade School of Fine Art Project Award
2004 The Large Format in Contemporary Engraving 2004, Edited by Silvia Ferrari
2004 Skoki Workshop, Art Residency in Poland