Phillip Chen

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Phillip Chen interview by Christina Morris


Artist Bio: Phillip Chen received the B.F.A. degree from University of Illinois at Chicago and the M.F.A. degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His prints have been exhibited in over one hundred and fifty locations nationally and internationally and are held by public collections that include The Brooklyn Museum, The New York Public Library, The Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts, and The Hunterian Museum, Glasgow, Scotland. He has traveled extensively as a visiting artist and has served as an evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts, College Art Association, and The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. His creative activities have been supported by The Louis B. Comfort Tiffany Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council, and Iowa Arts Council.

Phillip Chen’s recent exhibitions include a solo presentation at Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing, and a two-person exhibition at A&D Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, IL. Group exhibitions include: Bemis Center for the Arts, Omaha, NE; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; National Academy Museum of Art, New York, NY; International Print Center, New York, NY; Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY; and Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh, Scotland.

His upcoming solo exhibition will be held at Asian/Pacific/American Institute, New York University, New York, NY.

Phillip Chen is Professor of Drawing and Printmaking at Drake University.

Artist Statement:

Phillip Chen’s ongoing series of prints, Origins and Destinations, explores the multiplicity of vision and the permeability of categories. The series is based upon customary definitions of various forms of visual representation, such as "temporally anterior;" a "verification" of things "having been there" (documentary photography) and "projective, theoretical, and provisional" (diagrammatic drawing). Through graphic overlappings and adjacencies, Phillip Chen's uses of multiple visual languages explicate and redress cultural-historical events and conflate transnational relationships with interpersonal experience.

- bio and statement courtesy of the artist