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Lishan Chang
updated: 07/24/2010
website: www.changlishan.com/
 
   
 
 
     
 
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The Folding Library
Artistbook
Artistbook
Artistbook
Artistbook
Artistbook
Artistbook
Id-by Van
Id-by Van
Artistbook - LC Bakery
Artistbook - February Snows One after Another
Artistbook - The Map to Art
 
 
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The Folding Library by Lishan Chang
The Folding Library
artistbooks
since 1999-ongoing
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Artistbook by Lishan Chang
Artistbook
Ink and watercolor on paper
since1999
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Artistbook by Lishan Chang
Artistbook
Ink and watercolor on paper
since1999
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Artistbook by Lishan Chang
Artistbook
Ink and watercolor on paper
since1999
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Artistbook by Lishan Chang
Artistbook
Ink and watercolor on paper
since1999
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Artistbook by Lishan Chang
Artistbook
Ink and watercolor on paper
since1999
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Artistbook by Lishan Chang
Artistbook
Ink and watercolor on paper
since1999
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Id-by Van by Lishan Chang
Id-by Van
drawing on documents
1997-1999
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Id-by Van by Lishan Chang
Id-by Van
drawing on documents
1997-1999
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Artistbook - LC Bakery by Lishan Chang
Artistbook - LC Bakery
Ink and watercolor on paper
2006
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Artistbook - February Snows One after Another  by Lishan Chang
Artistbook - February Snows One after Another
Ink and watercolor on paper
2008
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Artistbook - The Map to Art  by Lishan Chang
Artistbook - The Map to Art
Ink and watercolor on paper
2007
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Artist Statement

The history of Homo sapiens is almost half a million years old.

The history of its fine arts, however, is only a few short millennia.

Yet if we truly wish to understand men--not just their hopes, aspirations, and imagination, but what it means to be "men the wise"--it is to their arts that we turn to: always and above all else.

Which of course creates a special problem for the would-be student of "men." As Laozi famously responded when asked to explain the meaning of Dao: as soon as an explanation is offered--as soon as it is put into words--it would no longer be the Dao.

I believe it is the same with works of art.

For the artists, the moment they try to explain their works, their works cease to be genuine works of art, but are turned into something else entirely. Something that seek to convey their meanings via language and language alone.

This is especially true when the artists, either out of laziness, conformity, or a mere wish to impress, resort to readymade aesthetic theories to explain their works.

Of course I am aware that, by invoking Laozi, I may very well be falling into the same trap myself. Yet it is a risk I willingly undertake. For, steeped in the Daoist tradition, I tend to view each one of my projects as a Zen Buddhist "koan." Each entails its own set of questions that I, as its creator, had to ask, and each generates its own unique, and very often paradoxical, answers that may surprise its viewers as much as myself.

Artist Bio / CV

Award / Residency
2008-2009 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, NY, USA
2008 2008 NYFA Fellowship Award in Architecture / Environmental Structures, NY, USA
2008 Freeman Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, USA
2007 ISCP, A.I.R program, New York, NY
2007 Artist Fellowship, Counsil of Cultural Affairs, Taiwan
2007 Franconia Sculpture Park/Jerome Fellowship, MN, USA
2007 Sumu/Titanik A.I.R, Turku, Finland
2006-07 Workspace Program, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY

Selected Solo Exhibitions and Performances
2008 Prélude de Claire de lune, The Earlville Opera House: A Multi Arts Center, Earlville, NY
2008 LC Bakery Washinton Pavillion, Washington Pavilion of Arts & Science, Sioux Falls, SD
2008 The Folding Library, Brooklyn Public Library Lobby Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2007 One → ∞ - Art Center of William Patterson University, NJ
2007 New Land, Gallery Korea, NY
2001-2005 Stop Transition - in Warehouse, The World
2005 Frame To the Other End, Crystal Art Gallery, Flushing, NY
2005 Interlunar Interlude, Amerasia Gallery, Flushing, NY
2004 Storage Memory of New York, Amerasia Gallery, Flushing, NY
2003 @ Stacy’s Yard, Oakland, NJ
1999-2001 The Bridge – by Truck, among NYC
1997-1999 Id – by Van, among NYC
1997 Metamorphosis on Earth, Teh-Ching Hsieh’s Earth, Brooklyn, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions
2009 Making It / Selections from the 2008 NYFA Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists, Deutsche Bank, New York, NY
2008-2009 Taipei Award 2008, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2008 Human Resources, The Seaport Cultural Center, New York, NY
2007 Shift/Remix, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ
2007 Line (Drawing), Queens Library Gallery, Queens, NY
2007 Jamaica Flux, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, NY
2007 Dare to Art, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
2007 Outdoor Standing Installation / Franconia Sculpture Park, MN, USA
2007 Float 2007, Socrates Sculpture Park, NY
2007-2008 Taiwan: From within the Mist / tour exhibition in The US, Canada, Taiwan
2007 Diverse Version, Walsh Library Gallery, NJ
2006 Beyond Measure, TECO New York, NY
2006 Circle of influence, New Art Gallery, CT
2004 Nexus - Taiwan in Queens, Queens Museum of Art, NY