William Woods University (WWU) is pleased to present an art exhibit, “Rememory,” by Chinese-American artist John Chang.
Born and raised in Shanghai, Chang immigrated to the U.S. to study art in graduate school in Boston. His work features calligraphy as a means for expressing the shared space of the personal and the political, as a way to bridge the vast difference in his experiences of living in both communist China and capitalist America.
“I am especially interested in making and unmaking meaning with the combination of word and image – particularly in this age of digital communication,” Chang said. “Incorporating contemporary events and pop culture, I collect daily newspapers in English and Chinese, cut specific text, graphics and articles, and put them into categories. I also gather postproduction material from local ad agencies.”
“Influenced by artists like Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol, my calligraphic strokes commingle with expressive brushwork and drips, and the freedom of such abstract artists allows me to explore Chinese characters in a personal, reinvigorated way,” he said.
Chang’s work is on display at the Mildred Cox Gallery in the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts at William Woods. The show will run from Monday, October 2 until Tuesday, October 31, with an opening reception on Wednesday, October 11 from 4-6 p.m.
Admission to the Cox Gallery is free. It is open 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1–4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.