The smartphone is certainly not a transparent technology – it remains the focal point of our attention and has a high cognitive cost to use. It is an ongoing problem.
“失,” watercolor & ink, on Arches 140 lb cold press, 9″ x 12″, Chun Wang
“#instagirls” series is my attempt to make scrolling the mindless scroll on Instagram a bit more mindful, and my reflection on the evolution of media for artistic expression.
My perfect red lips,
A healthy dose of expectations of myself.
On this earth,
What good am I,
If my life is like the dust.
Watercolor on paper, Chun Wang
Inspiration was this tragic incident.
In war, the first casualty is the truth.
“Airstrike,” watercolor on Arches 140 lb cold press, 9″ x 12″, Chun Wang
The last few pages of my artbook invite viewers to ponder how Technology is shaping us and our relationships.
Just wanted to make some wild image, something you don’t see elsewhere. So this is it – a scene that comes from one nightmare of mine where two beasts fought in the low sky over some waters.
Adults are just obsolete children — perhaps the more cold-blooded type.
Watercolor & charcoal, on Arches 140 lb cold press, 9″ x 12″, Chun Wang
The Dream shackled by Pipe Dreams.
The Dust fallen from Time.
Now I am only searching for the lost future.
This series depicts the various construction projects seen in the SoMa district in San Francisco. Thanks to the tech boom, the city itself has been under rapid development in recent years, symbolized by the soaring skyscrapers and housing prices. SoMa is where all the tech start-ups cluster and seems to be in constant need for more room to accommodate the gold rushers.
These drawings are done with charcoal sticks – the smudginess of this medium conveys the right feel of “under development”, fitting the theme perfectly.
watercolor, pencil, marker & lemon, on mixed media paper, 9″ x 12″, Chun Wang
Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience treacherous, judgment difficult. ~ Hippocrates 400b.c.
“Bomb-a-Getaway,”watercolor and collage on Arches 140 lb cold press, 9″ x 12″, Chun Wang
New addition to the Untold Story of Women in Science & Technology series.
“The Untold Story of Women in Science & Technology IV,” collage & watercolor on Arches 140 lb cold press, 12″ x 9″, Chun Wang
Created with Processing.
In the Era of Smartphones…
pay tribute to these obsolete but once much cherished electronics.
Chun Wang. “The Specimen of Digital Products,” wall installation; waste electric appliances, dimensions variable.
“New Impression,” watercolor on paper & double exposure, 6″ x 4″, Chun Wang
These dancing, breathing flowers are small charged particles randomized in 3D space. Created with Processing. Depending on your browser and internet speed, it may take a while to get the images rendered as fluidly as I hope. I also made an Aurasma (an Augmented Reality app that shows overlay content for target objects) for it, so if I print postcards based on a still of this, their receivers could see them come to life using their phones.
Created with Processing.
“Deep, Deep In My Mind,” watercolor on Arches 140 lb cold press, 9″ x 6″, Chun Wang
“The Oil Spill,” watercolor, acrylic, and straws on 140 lb cold press, 9″ x 12″, Chun Wang
“The Modern Sisyphus,” painted paper cut-outs, aluminum foil, wood, 6″ x 6″, Chun Wang
“Between Life & Death,” acrylic and collage on paper, 12″ x 9″, Chun Wang
This is a miniature installation, featured on SFMOMA Submission Fridays.
“The Global Warming,” collage & watercolor on Arches 140 lb cold press, 9″ x 12″, Chun Wang
This collage work has been selected into SFMoMA Submission Friday series!
“The Untold Story of Women in Science & Technology II,” collage & watercolor on Arches 140 lb cold press, 12″ x 9″, Chun Wang
I just read the very famous mystery novel Journey Under the Midnight Sun, written by Keigo Higashino. The protagonist, Yukiho Karasawa (唐沢雪穂), beautiful yet extraordinarily cruel, is a haunting figure that drove me make this portrait for her.
This piece was inspired by traditional Chinese paintings in terms of subject and style. What gives it a distinct modern touch is the brightness of color, which is generally absent from the traditional Chinese. I also played a bit with the concept of wash v.s. pen & ink, so there is that interesting contrast between spontaneous shapes and pinpointed strokes – maybe this can be a stepping stone towards a unique style of my own.