Paul Chan

Score for 7th Light, 2007
Mixed mediums on paper
15 works, each 14 x 11 in / 35.6 x 27.9 cm
Courtesy of Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Begun in 2005, PAUL CHAN’s ambitious cycle entitled The 7 Light (completed in 2008) combines projections, together with charcoal drawings, collages and digital studies to create a series of enigmatic encounters with light and darkness. This quality is indicated in the title, where the word ‘light’ has been struck through, drawing attention to both its presence and absence.

Score for 7th Light, 2007, recasts the entire series of projections as a musical
compositionimagining, like a shadow game, the tension between lightness and
darkness as silence and sound.

More about this project via the New Museum of Contemporary Art’s website or click here to listen to the PAUL CHAN interview with HANS ULRICH OBRIST. Additionally, he started in 2010 a press, Badlands Unlimited which publishes e-books as well as paper books and artist works.

PAUL CHAN was born in Hong Kong (1973) and raised in Nebraska. He received his BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, and his MFA in film/video/new media from Bard College (2002). His work in various media oscillates between the delicate and the monumental, the subtle and the provocative, connecting complex ideas to today’s mass-media-disseminated material and cunningly deploying both traditional and newer techniques to re-imagine older notions.

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  1. […] 5:30–7:00 pm, Performance Dome Keynote: Paul Chan, “Publish to Perish” Artist Paul Chan began publishing limited-edition books, e-books, and art works under imprint Badlands Unlimited in 2010. His questions about the viability of publishing will form the subject of this address, including: “Is publishing a form of addiction? What is a book? How is reading a book different than looking at art? Does light change the nature of what appears on paper and screen? How come I was served with a warrant for outstanding taxes? Why does running Badlands waste so much time and lose so much money? What does this have to do with pleasure?” […]