Multi-disciplinary artist Chin Chih Yang was born in Taiwan, and has resided for many years in Lower Manhattan. He received a BFA from Parsons and an MS from Pratt Institute. He has been a recipient of the Urban Artist Initiative Fellowship, a fellowship from the New York State Council for the Arts, a fiscal sponsorship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a public art project commission from Queens Council on the Arts/DOT, and a gold medal from the Creativity Annual Awards for creative achievement in photography.
His work has been featured at the Queens Museum, the Chelsea Museum, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, and the Dumbo Art Under the Bridge Festival. Exhibitions and performances include: America is Looking, which was selected by the Bronx Council on the Arts for an exhibit at The Nathan Cummings Foundation Gallery; Human Sculpture, selected for the It’s Not Easy exhibition at Exit Art; and Outer Space, selected for Flux Factory’s HouseBroken exhibition.
A great proponent of public art, Yang has enacted his projects in outdoor spaces, including the UN, where he infamously projected a giant Taiwanese flag onto the building, and Union Square Park, the site of his recent popular art event, Burning Ice.
Chin Chih is currently working on the project Kill Me or Change which reflects the environmental movement slogan Recycle or Die. This art event will challenge viewer-participants to contemplate the effects of over-consumption. The event, when realized, will mount 30,000 aluminum cans in a mesh net, suspended at the end of a crane and hovering over the head of the artist. The final execution will require an audience member to pull a string and (safely) release the contents—which represents the average consumption of cans over one person’s lifetime—onto the head of the artist.
Image Credit: Courtesy of the Artist