- Name： LEE Chao-Chang
- Residency： International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP)
- Country： USA
- City： New York, NY
- Residency Period： 2001~2001
- Disciplines and media： Visual Art,Sculpture,Interdisciplinary
- Works in residency： Sky Funeral
- Personal Links / Youtube： http://blog.yam.com/user/Shituoart.html
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- Chinese URL： http://artres.moc.gov.tw/portal_c1_page.php?button_num=c1&cnt_id=151&search_word=&search_num=
LEE Chao-Chang received an MFA from the Department of Oil Painting at Aichi Professional University of Fine Arts and Music. He has been participating in residency programs since the early 2000’s in Colorado Springs, USA, Going Green-New Environmental Art from Taiwan Program, Philadelphia, USA, Kadoorie & Botanic Garden, Hong Kong, Gundu International Outdoor Sculpture Festival, Taipei, Taiwan, and many more.
I had just graduated from a graduate program in Japan when I participated in the residency program in New York City. The experience of visiting New York, the great international stage for the arts, had a great impact on my artistic and personal development. The artists that I met from all over the world were proud of being able to work in New York. We had great ambition and worked hard day and night. Even when we took breaks from our studios and gathered under the technicolor light in the local pub for a drink, our thoughts were still filled with the idea of creating art and searching for more inspiration from this foreign environment. Frankly speaking, this constant mode of art sometimes made me feel exhausted and lost. I remember there was young Japanese artist who had come to ISCP at his own cost. He had to be extremely frugal because the cost for renting a studio space at ISCP is exceptionally high. His work showed great strength and vitality despite the hard condition he was working in. There were plenty of artists like him in the program that I respect wholeheartedly.
Identifying as an ‘Artist-in-Residency’ was helpful in terms of obtaining more resources and conducting friendly exchanges when visiting art galleries and museums. Speaking in English during these visits also sparked new ways of thinking unlike communicating in my native environment.
ISCP is located in a cosmopolitan-style apartment building only five minute walk from Times Square. Living here, one can expect to meet twenty to thirty artists on a regular basis, not to mention the multitude of artists residing elsewhere in their own studios around the city. I had the opportunity to engage in frequent interactions within the arts field, but it was a bit difficult to interact with the public in this metropolitan setting. That is why I decided to go on an adventure traveling in between different art residency sites all over the magnificent landscapes in America after the conclusion of my residency at ISCP.“
- Images Resource：provided by LEE Chao-Chang