The Chazan Gallery at Wheeler is pleased to present The Levitating Perils, a solo exhibition featuring the work by Frank WANG Yefeng. The show will run from February 10th to March 2nd, 2022. There will be an opening reception for the artist on February 10, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The public is invited.
Frank WANG Yefeng works across various media, including animation, drawing, sculpture, and writing. Through his practice, he explores a poetic combined reality as a multicultural individual. His pattern in the past decade has been a constant lingering between his current base in the US and the origin of kinship in China. The ongoing shifting experiences in both locations contribute profoundly to Yefeng’s creativity, when neither can be claimed as a home.
Dislocation and relocation are always correlated to the emotion of being out of place, where the journey is undertaken through a moving relationship to different territories and people. Yefeng left his place of origin at a young age, the memory from a migrant to a nomad has led him to investigate the transformation of emotions, autonomous objects of continuous movements, and the in-between states of nomadic subjects that occur in both virtual and physical realms. A nomad provokes endless possibilities, and a traveler's existential position exceeds any stationary grounds. The estrangement of origin and the absence of home turn the space of "inbetweenness" into his constant dwelling. Moving-image as a flux object of retention becomes an effective vehicle to document, display, and share the intriguing lives as they maneuver in the realms in-between.
Frank WANG Yefeng (b.1984, Shanghai, China) is an experimental animator, interdisciplinary artist and art educator based in Providence, RI. He works across various media, including 3D animation, video installation, VR, sculpture, and writing. His latest research scrutinizes the identities frequently immersed in self-negotiation, the establishment of nomadic subjectivities, and the possibilities of conceiving new imaginations for Sinophone communities. Yefeng received his MFA in Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011, and is currently an Associate Professor for the Art Department at the Rhode Island College. His work has been exhibited in numerous venues, including BRIC Biennial, Brooklyn, NY; ZAZ10 Times Square, New York, NY; Night Lights Denver, Denver, CO; Royal College of Art, London, UK; Gasworks, London, UK; PYLON-Lab, Dresden, Germany; Hyundai Motorstudio, Beijing; K11 Museum, Shanghai; Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai; Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai, and others. Yefeng is also a fellow artist at Vermont Studio Center and an AFIAS AWARDS winner of Spain Moving Image Festival, and has participated in Artist in Residencies at International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), Brooklyn, NY; New York Art Residency & Studios Foundation (NARS), Brooklyn, NY. His most recent events include Boomerang - OCAT Biennial 2021, Shenzhen, China; Digital Arts Visiting Lecture Series at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; Artconnect - Artists to Watch ’21.
This show is generously supported by the Rhode Island College Faculty Scholarship Award Major Grant.
Please note that the Chazan Gallery requires visitors to be fully vaccinated and to wear masks.