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August 2016 - January 2017
The work of contemporary artist Yu-Chen Wang asks fundamental questions about human identity at a key point in history, where eco-systems and techno-systems have become inextricably intertwined. At the same time, Yu-Chen’s Taiwanese origins, combined with a London-based career, have created a vision that is personal and autobiographical.
Yu-Chen Wang’s newly commissioned work for Outset Study at Drawing Room combines discoveries from a recent visit to the remote Taiwanese Pacific Island of Lanyu (literally translated Orchid Island) with her experience of open-ended reading sessions in Outset Study.
The culmination of an intense period of travel and work, these two experiences have enabled the artist to re-engage with her creative process. The resulting work draws a parallel between these two distant and disparate places, which occupy a kindred place in the artist’s mind. It seeks to understand such spaces of isolation and meditation, pondering their idiosyncratic systems and obsolete technologies, out of step with the current pace of life, and ultimately probe their generative and regenerative potential.
A conversation between the artist and Outset Study librarian Yamuna Ravindran can be seen here.
Annotations is a series of artist residencies resulting in new commissions for Outset Study. Supported by Veronique Parke and Outset Contemporary Art Fund.
More info on Annotations here.