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Born in Taichung, Taiwan; lives and works in London, UK.

Yu-Chen Wang creates complex and intricate drawings with pencil and watercolour, but also extends her practice into artists’ books, films, performances, text and installation. She is interested in otherworldly images, frequently inspired by architecture and science fiction. The amorphous shapes and wispy lines in her drawings evoke alternative places and surreal landscapes, but when looking closely one can sometimes make out subtle references to real-life machines, sea creatures, flowers or ships. Wang’s films, performances and books expand on this fictional world where her characters are whisked away to the parallel universe captured in her absorbing drawings.

Her work has been exhibited internationally, including the Taipei Biennial 2014 and exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery, London; Cornerhouse, Manchester; Galerie L’Oeil de Poisson, Quebec City; FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais, France; Camden Arts Centre, London; Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London; Darklight Film Festival, Dublin; and Videonale, Berlin. She has recently undertaken an artist-in-residence at Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester (2015) and is currently working on a commission for Manchester Art Gallery’s forthcoming exhibition “The Imitation Game” (2016) and solo show ‘Nostalgia for the Future’ at Taipei Fine Arts Museum (2016). 

 

Biography

Born in Taichung, Taiwan; lives and works in London, UK.

Yu-Chen Wang creates complex and intricate drawings with pencil and watercolour, but also extends her practice into artists’ books, films, performances, text and installation. She is interested in otherworldly images, frequently inspired by architecture and science fiction. The amorphous shapes and wispy lines in her drawings evoke alternative places and surreal landscapes, but when looking closely one can sometimes make out subtle references to real-life machines, sea creatures, flowers or ships. Wang’s films, performances and books expand on this fictional world where her characters are whisked away to the parallel universe captured in her absorbing drawings.

Her work has been exhibited internationally, including the Taipei Biennial 2014 and exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery, London; Cornerhouse, Manchester; Galerie L’Oeil de Poisson, Quebec City; FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais, France; Camden Arts Centre, London; Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London; Darklight Film Festival, Dublin; and Videonale, Berlin. She has recently undertaken an artist-in-residence at Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester (2015) and is currently working on a commission for Manchester Art Gallery’s forthcoming exhibition “The Imitation Game” (2016) and solo show ‘Nostalgia for the Future’ at Taipei Fine Arts Museum (2016). 

Education

  • 2002

    MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London, UK

  • 2001

    PG Study Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK

  • 2000

    BA Commercial Design, Ming Chuan University, Taiwan

  • 1998

    Diploma Commercial Design, National Taichung Institute of Technology, Taiwan

Solo Exhibitions

  • Forthcoming: The Imitation Game, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK

    2016
  • Forthcoming: Solo show: Nostalgia for the Future, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

    2016
  • Forthcoming : The Island, WING Platform for Performance, Chai Wan Mei Art & Design Festival, Hong Kong

    2015
  • Forthcoming: Artist-in-Residence (two months), Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, UK

    2015
  • Group presentation: Flowers of Romance. White Conduit Projects. 18 February - 1 April 2015. with artists Jake Clark, Bella Easton, Andy Harper, Mandy Hudson, Christina Niederberger, Howard Rogers, Miho Sato, Susan Sluglett, Yu-Chen Wang and Jeremy Willett

    2015
  • Taipei Biennial 2014: The Great Acceleration, Art In The Anthropocene, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

    2014
  • The House in the Sky, Hayward Gallery Concrete, London, UK

    2014
  • Solo show: Yu-Chen Wang: I'm Going to Where You're Coming From, Hayward Gallery Concrete, London, UK

    2012
  • The Splash And A Last Drop (film), Cornerhouse cinema, Manchester, UK

    2011
  • The Splash and A Last Drop (performance), FutureEverything, Victoria Baths, Manchester, UK

    2011
  • Exchange–Experimentation–Collaboration, Rogue Artists’ Studios & Project Space, Manchester, UK

    2011
  • Artists’ Books and Independent Publishing Fair, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK

    2010
  • JTP10, James Taylor Gallery, London, UK

    2010
  • Happy End, Guest Projects - Yinka Shonibare's space, London, UK

    2010
  • Eye See Through: Transparency in Dress, The Old Police Station, London, UK

    2010
  • Hunter, Guest Projects - Yinka Shonibare's space, London, UK

    2009
  • Who is telling the story, Galata Perform and Kadirga Kültür Merkezi as part of

    2009
  • [FAT] 2009 Toronto Alternative Arts and Fashion Week, Toronto, Canada

    2009
  • UltraCreature, City Inn, London, UK

    2008
  • Do Something Different - Slide Show, Barbican Centre, London, UK

    2008
  • Elusive, The Parlour Studios & Project Space, London, UK

    2008
  • Pattern, V22 Gallery, London, UK

    2007
  • My Still Life as a Personal Object, Alma Enterprises Gallery, London, UK

    2007
  • Two Hopes, Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre, Georgia

    2007
  • New Life and the Dream Garden, Fieldgate Gallery, London, UK

    2007
  • ShortCuts, AirSpace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, UK

    2007
  • AirVideo, AirSpace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, UK

    2007

Awards

  • 2011

    Grants for the arts, Arts Council England, UK

  • 2009

    NAN bursary, a-n The Artists Information Company, UK

  • 2008

    Travel Grant, EAST - Chinese Arts Centre, UK

  • 2007

    Exhibition Grants, the British Council Georgia

  • 2007

    Grants for the arts, Arts Council England, UK

  • 2005

    The Best of 2005, Media Art Festival Friesland, the Netherlands

  • 2005

    The Grants to Artists, the British Council, UK

  • 2004

    Finalist for PizzaExpress Prospects2004 Drawing Prize, London, UK

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