Wen Han Chang

Wen-Han Chang's "Strange World" featured in photograph magazine

Current MFA Photo/Video student Wen-Han Chang's exhibit Strange World was recently featured in the pages of photograph magazine. The work, exhibited at the Griffin Museum of Photography early this year, "captures shadows and reflections of colored light in a windowed room... They are lovely to look at, with their shifting planes of color, angles, and lens-based distortions. But even without knowing anything about them, there is something unsettling, even chaotic in them that threatens to break through their decorousness."

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As the photograph magazine article underscores, "Chang explains that he wanted to make a record of what was happening while he was asleep. He set up cameras to record what the light was doing around him, and by extension to him, in the space where he slept. It is a kind of theater he has recorded, nature caught unawares in the midst of a business (the prismatic play of light) that doesn’t care about his unconscious self."

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The artist goes further, stating "the camera was applied to extend my vision. It recorded what was going on when I was in deep sleep and visual sensation was closed. The camera lens was set up to focus on the surroundings such as ceilings, walls, and corners of my room. The shutter of the camera would take pictures when I was not awake. When my perception was limited and cut off from the usual, the camera started to see, to reveal the world I never saw."

Pick up the March-April 2019 copy of photograph magazine to read the full review of Wen-Han Chang's Strange World, or visit the online publication.

Strange World: Photographs by Wen Han Chang

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Current MFA Photo/Video student Wen Han Chang is showing photographs from his project "Strange World" from October 11- January 30, 2019 at the Griffin Museum of Photography. A reception will be held January 30, 2019 from 6:30-8pm.

The following is an excerpt from Chang's artists statement: "No one can be exempted from the need of sleep. In sleep, we are restored and refreshed while suspending between bodily functions and consciousness. We do not know what was happening when lying asleep. Further, those almost in trance are cut off from the reality.

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The camera lens was set up to focus on the surroundings such as ceilings, walls, and corners of my room. The shutter of camera would take pictures when I was not awake. When my perception was limited and cut off from the usual, the camera started to see, to reveal the world I never saw.

Every day and every night several kinds of light, came from the street-lamps, headlights and so on, went through the windows and reflected around. Rays of light implied that something travelled through time and space. The light caught by my camera left a stroke, a layer on the film. In other words, something or someone passed by, but their traces entered my room, being recorded by my camera."

Wen-Han Chang was born in Kaohsiung, a southern city of Taiwan, in 1982. His journey into photography began in university. While doing his BS in physics, he studied light, and was fascinated with laser photography and optics. After a career in medical photography, Wen Han moved to New York in 2017 to pursue his MFA in Photo/Video at School of Visual Arts, where he currently studies.