CMP Projects: Phil Chang

Installation view, Phil Chang: Monochromes, Static and Unfixed, California Museum of Photography, 2015. Photo by Nikolay Maslov

Saturday, May 16
Artist talk-5pm

CMP Projects presents a solo installation by artist Phil Chang. The project is suspended on the border of photography and non-photography, demanding that the viewer consider the medium’s inherent qualities. The exhibition features a selection of photographs from Chang’s recently conceived untitled series of monochromes (2014-ongoing). These photographic prints are made without the use of a camera or film, thereby pushing our understanding of the medium as it abandons the analog for a decidedly digital age. Additionally, one unfixed photographic work is included in the exhibition. An evolution of his highly acclaimed body of work “Cache, Active” (2012), Monochrome, Exposed (2015) is a new unfixed photograph that will be exposed over the course of its own exhibition’s first hours during the artist talk on Saturday, May 16. At 5pm, the artist will remove the light-safe black plastic that preserves the unfixed paper in darkness. Over the next hours, Monochrome, Exposed will be created in real time.

Phil Chang was born in 1974 in Indiana. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles where he is visiting faculty in the Department of Art at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a lecturer at Otis College of Art and Design. He earned his MFA at California Institute of the Arts, and his BA at the University of California, Irvine. CMP Projects: Phil Chang is the first solo museum presentation of his work.

CMP Projects is an ongoing series of solo presentations curated by Joanna Szupinska-Myers, CMP Curator of Exhibitions. The series is partially supported with funds provided by UCR’s College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) and the City of Riverside. Additional support for CMP Projects: Phil Chang has been provided by M+B, Los Angeles.