Joy Chang | Silver Linings
Silver Linings is Joy Chang’s forth solo exhibition in Auckland. Chang’s work is very much informed by the environments she moves through – since graduating from Elam in 2010 and Slade School of Art (London) in 2013 – Joy has divided her time, living, working and exhibiting across three continents: Europe, Asia and New Zealand.
Chang’s works explores the shifting boundaries of cultural identity and the role of the individual against the back drop of globalisation and ever increasing virtual spaces. Rather than examining the real-life effects of time and place, Chang’s abstracted landscapes create worlds which cannot be tied to any particular temporal or physical environment – emphasising openness to the viewers interpretation.
Chang absorbs and isolates pockets of colour, form and texture for use as source material. From these basic building blocks she begins to construct possible worlds. The process begins with basic geometric shapes and prismatic forms which are then repeated, distorted and extended across the surface, with each new shape informing the next. Through this process of building, erasing and adding Chang explores relationships between colour, form and space and the individuals relationship to the whole.