Mike HJ Chang

Watch Mike's HJ Chang's 2020 Artist Talk here (as part of his exhibition 'Calendar of Dilation').

Mike HJ Chang is a Singapore based artist, Taiwanese American in origin. He is an artist and educator of fine arts. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts.

Autobiographical information always serves as the basis for narrative exploration in Chang’s work. Recent projects show the way he idiosyncratically combines architecture, furniture, and text to focus on the notion of transient identity in a space where the public and the private intersect. Collectively though, his work examines the interplay and relationship between ‘The Clean’, which is a quiet, orderly state, and ‘The Generic’, which is an empty state that is devoid of ego and memory.

Over the years, Chang’s work has produced varying effects and receptions. While it has been received with humour, other times it is poignant, or even self-righteous in its own prerogative. His portfolio has gone on public display in prominent art spaces in Singapore such as Gillman Barracks, Goodman Art Centre, Port Tumasik, Post-Museum, Sculpture Square, and galleries such as the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, The Substation, Chan Hampe Galleries, and Yeo Workshop since 2011. 

  • Calendar of Dilation, 7 November 2020

    Taking the endless expanse of the ocean as a point of departure, CALENDAR OF DILATION, artist Mike HJ Chang's latest solo exhibition at Yeo Workshop, curated by Alfonse Chiu, is an exploration of the relationship between time and the body: the way it flows, alters, and disorients. Featuring recent works, many of which were developed over the pandemic lockdown period, Chang ruminates over the incorporeal entanglements between the self and the world with his characteristic whimsy.

  • The Body and the Seed: Mike HJ Chang & Edward Clydesdale Thomson , 28 April - 27 May 2018

    With bright hues and hints of play, the gallery presents works by Mike HJ Chang and Edward Clydesdale Thomson that considers the body’s orientation within space and the landscape. The human body is interpreted through forms and perspectives that are unconventional, uncanny or even tangential. Painting and wallpaper provide the limbs, movements and angles through which a fresh conception of the human body can be glimpsed.

  • Apertures, 24 June - 3 September 2017

    Yeo Workshop is delighted to present Apertures, a group exhibition featuring the work of Mike HJ Chang, Merryn Trevethan, Xue Mu, and Filippo Sciascia in a presentation of contemporary artefacts, comprising painting, photography and sculpture, that come together to present conceptions of light and its role in visual perception. These artworks are indices of the contemporary experience, highlighting the lenses of perception that currently filter the everyday experience of individuals, and conceiving a narrative of light and luminance as that which informs and structures our senses of perception and experiences of the world. 

  • Klaus, 29 July 2016 to 28 August 2016

    Yeo Workshop is delighted to present ‘Klaus,’ an exhibition of Singaporean and Los Angeles-based artists, including Hayama Projects – an artist collective comprised of Singapore-based Mike Chang and Los Angeles-based co-founders Juka Araikawa and Krister Olsson, artists Jasmine Little and Luca Lam, Weixin Chong, and Xiang Yun Loh.

    The exhibition will feature experimental kinetic sculptures, photography, painting and drawings all set in installation format, and aims to explore the idea of mapping and interpretation of maps.

  • Mike HJ Chang: Dog and Butterfly, 18 September - 01 November 2015

    Dog and Butterfly is Mike HJ Chang’s latest installation-exhibition, using the form and concept of his own artist studio in the middle of the gallery space. Drawing from his interest in installation and drawings, the exhibition showcases an idealised reconstruction of Chang’s studio. In bringing the artist’s studio, an archetypal closed private space, into a public venue, the dynamic of the interactions change, rendering the artist’s studio an art object, and not just a space of production. The artist’s studio is thusly also rendered a public stage, with an audience.