Pepin Moore is proud to present Studio, Affect, an exhibition of new works by Phil Chang, on view from July 7th through August 11th 2012. A reception for the artist will be held Saturday, July 7th from seven to nine in the evening.
As his third and final project that examines the various implications of affect, Phil Chang includes works in Studio, Affect that obliquely address the role of the studio in contemporary culture. Studio, Affect includes various depictions of artist’s studios – photographs of book pages depicting Francis Bacon’s disheveled space, Giacometti in his studio studying his wife, Richter sitting on an office chair – alongside images from catalogs that rely on tropes of the studio. Also included are images Chang has produced which depict his own production. These include photographs of laser prints that have served as studies, and the running sheets (offset prints) from the production of his artist book from 2010. In total, Studio, Affect relies on an array of images presented in an array of formats – chromogenic prints, silver gelatin prints, laser prints, pigment prints, stencil prints, and offset prints – that are hinged within frames. This decision has to do with a desire for “looseness” in presentation that formally and structurally addresses the political and economic implications of the studio.
Phil Chang (b. 1974, Elkhart, Indiana) received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. His two previous projects on the implications of affect were exhibited at Pepin Moore (Affective Turns?, 2012 – a group exhibition organized by Chang) and LA><ART (Cache, Active, 2012 – a solo exhibition of works printed on unfixed photographic paper). Chang’s work has also been exhibited at Renwick Gallery, New York; The Swiss Institute, New York; Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles; and Hudson Franklin, New York; among others. His work has been written about in Artforum, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, artforum.com, among others, and has been featured in Blind Spot. In 2010, Phil Chang: Four Over One, was published by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in association with Textfield, Inc. He is currently visiting faculty in the Department of Art at the University of California Los Angeles and lecturer at Otis College of Art and Design. Phil Chang lives and works in Los Angeles.