October 26 – December 7, 2023

Handwerker Gallery at Ithaca College is pleased to present METAMORPHOSIS, EMBODIED, a solo exhibition by WANG Chen. The show will be up from October 26 – December 7th and we will host an opening reception on Thursday, October 26th from 5 – 6:30pm. Wang will offer an artist talk on October 26th, at 1:15pm in Ceracche Center.

WANG Chen’s works find their origin in traditional painting and drawing practices - which go on to become technologically augmented sculpture and time-based installations. Wang’s IRL works are brought into digital spaces, which become stand-alone video works or are incorporated into to other multimedia sculpture.  Escapist and seemingly magical digital environments are constructed from start to finish by the artist in a self-contained studio practice. Working with Unity and other digital software, they layer costumed video performances with painting, drawing, and sculpture, set against original sound scores. Color-filled, and at times unsettling characters, upend viewer expectations as they playfully navigate fantasy and reality in her hybrid virtual/physical worlds.

WANG Chen (b.1991) received a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University (2014) and an MFA in Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology (2018). WANG has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at Fotografiska Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, Roswell Museum, New Mexico, Lauren Powell Project, Los Angeles, The Immigrant Artist Biennial, NYC, Alfred University, NY, and Crosstown Art Center in Memphis. WANG’s fellowships, awards, and residencies include New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellow (Interdisciplinary), MacDowell Fellowship, Benedetti Fellowship at MCLA, Vermont Studio Center, NARS Artist Foundation in Brooklyn, and Roswell Artists in Residency.