Dark Room 1999

Youshen Wang
Ten Asian Artists in Residence: October 30, 1999 – July 31, 2000
Materials
mixed media

As an artist and an arts reporter for the Beijing Youth Daily Wang is consumed by the idea of communication 8211 in words and...

Description

As an artist and an arts reporter for the Beijing Youth Daily, Wang is consumed by the idea of communication – in words and particularly, in images. He is fascinated by the democratic effect of modern mass communication; that images can be gleaned from the internet, television and magazines, and that governments and news services can no longer control imagery available to a populace. Wang’s work at the Mattress Factory is presented as a dark room lit by red light. Images in various states of development float in water. Some are displayed on a wall. Wang has brought negatives of photos from Beijing and from the internet for visitors to print at the Mattress Factory. He invites visitors to print images that he has provided or to bring their own negatives from home and print a copy to leave in the installation. All images will be sent to Wang at the end of the exhibition as an exchange of images between America and China.

Artist Statement

News
    Job
    Procedure

What, When, Where,
Who, Why
Record, Edit, Produce,
Consume, Feed Back

About the Artist

Born in Beijing in 1964, Wang graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1988. As an artist and an arts reporter for the Beijing Youth Daily, Wang is consumed by the idea of communication – in words and particularly, in images. He is fascinated by the democratic effect of modern mass communication; that images can be gleaned from the internet, television and magazines, and that governments and news services can no longer control imagery available to a populace.