Focus on the collection: Chih-Chien Wang

Chih‑Chien Wang, Cabbage Flower #2, 2011. Chromogenic print.

Chih‑Chien Wang, Cabbage Flower #2, 2011. Chromogenic print, 127 x 101.5 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Gift of Robert‑Jean Chénier, Westmount, Quebec, 2017 © Chih‑Chien Wang. Photo: NGC

 

Fragments of found objects are meticulously assembled and elegantly captured in photographer Chih-Chien Wang’s work. Dedicated to a process of understanding reality through the construction of meanings, identities, and memories, Chih-Chien Wang’s practice involves the gathering of found objects, and capturing the process of collecting or re-creating them.1

Portraying everyday experiences is the focus of Wang’s images. Subtle traces of cultural and social references pertaining to his cultural background are frequently referenced through found materials. In doing so, the artist opens up an intimate dialogue regarding the urban environment and cultural differences.

It is clear that Wang has developed a complex language in his photographic works. Deceptively simple in structure, his images rely upon contrasting colours, textures, and the outlines of objects against undefined backgrounds in a reflection of daily life.2

Chih‑Chien Wang, Tea Bag and Grape, 2005. Chromogenic print.

Chih‑Chien Wang, Tea Bag and Grape, 2005. Chromogenic print, 152.5 x 102.2 cm. CMCP Collection, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa © Chih‑Chien Wang. Photo: NGC

 

Wang attempts to continue, rather than conclude, an ongoing journey exploring multiple perspectives of personal experience. The artist’s concerns reflect his understanding of the people around him, the space in which he lives, and answers his own doubts about the self and identity.3

Chih‑Chien Wang, Newspaper Wrap, 2004. Chromogenic print mounted on sintra, laminated to plexiglas.

Chih‑Chien Wang, Newspaper Wrap, 2004. Chromogenic print mounted on sintra, laminated to plexiglas, 100.6 x 80.7 cm. CMCP Collection, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa © Chih‑Chien Wang. Photo: NGC

 

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Biography

Born in 1970, Chih-Chien Wang is a Taiwanese-born artist who has lived in Montreal since 2002. He has a Master’s degree in Studio Arts from Concordia University, and previously studied Cinema and Theatre at the Chinese Culture University in Taipei, Taiwan.4

In addition to being a working artist, Wang is an Assistant Professor in Photography at Concordia University. His images are found in many important collections in Canada. He received the Duke and Duchess of York Prize in 2017 from the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Prix Louis-Comtois from the City of Montreal and AGAC in 2020.5

About the Author

Jennifer Tang is pursuing a Master’s degree in Film and Photo Preservation and Collections Management at X University (formerly Ryerson) in Toronto.

 


1 “About Chih-Chien Wang,” Chih-Chien Wang website. Accessed September 30, 2021. https://www.chihchienwang.com/About

2 Francois Dion, “Combinations,” Spirale #215, July 2007.

3 “Chih-Chien Wang,” Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain website. Accessed September 30, 2021. https://www.pfoac.com/en/artists/35-chih-chien-wang/overview/

4 “Chih-Chien Wang,” Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain.

5 Ibid

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