A new solo exhibition, “magical personified vulnerable,” centered on themes of invisibility, erasure, identity and the immigrant experience by Colorado-based artist Chinn Wang, will open at the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022.
“As an attempt to better understand my family’s history and my heritage, I am particularly interested in the visual expression of the tethered experience, in both life and death, that immigrants face as they seek to assimilate while also striving to maintain connections to their home cultures,” Wang said about the exhibition, which will feature photography and print media.
The solo exhibition will premiere new works, including many that draw from geomancy — the practice of closely observing the natural world to select auspicious burial locations, especially sites that channel vital energy. Geomantic strategies, Wang says, provide poignant metaphors for a continuous discovery of her own source of vital energy, which she hopes will contribute to the perpetual formation and reformation of her identity.
In celebration of the opening of the exhibition, Wang will lead a free Visiting Artists & Critics Series lecture on Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. in the Chapman Foundation Recital Hall at the Ent Center. A reception will follow from 6–8 p.m.
The exhibition will be on view from Feb. 3–April 16, 2022, with gallery hours from Thursda–Sunday, 1–7:30 p.m. and by appointment.
Learn more about the exhibition and register on the Ent Center for the Arts website.
About Chinn Wang
Chinn Wang’s work employs coded visual languages and symbolic iconography to examine, problematize, and humorize the subjective nature of personal narrative and history. Current interests include floriography, sacred symbols, fortune-telling, and moments of spectacle in popular culture.
Wang earned her M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a dual B.A. in Art Practice and Art History from the University of California, Berkeley. She is Teaching Associate Professor and Foundations Coordinator in the School of Art & Art History at the University of Denver and lives in Boulder, Colorado. Find out more about Chinn Wang on her website.
About the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art (GOCA)
UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art (GOCA) is a regional hub of contemporary art, culture, and conversation. By featuring world-class artists, hosting artist and expert talks, and independently producing and offering meaningful events, GOCA engages University of Colorado Colorado Springs students, faculty, staff and Pikes Peak Region community members in discussions about contemporary culture and life. GOCA is a contemporary arts organization with two galleries, at the Ent Center for the Arts and a satellite downtown location in the Plaza of the Rockies building, as well as an outdoor art program, Art Without Limits.