John Chang’s work expresses the duality of his Chinese and American experience by juxtaposing traditional and unconventional symbols and images through the application of mixed media. Deconstructed Chinese Calligraphy layered over segments of world history and references to modern pop-culture depict his personal transformation.
Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Chang is now based in Southern California. Chang's works have been widely exhibited, including, Alexander Brest Museum at Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL; Julina Togonon Fine Art, San Francisco, CA; Mill Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM; and S Cube Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA. Chang’s work has been featured in various publications such as Pasadena Star News, KTLA, Art In America, Art Ltd, and Huffington Post. Chang is a recipient of the Spring 2011 Working Art Grant from WAO and the Art Grant from Vermont Studio Center.
Chang holds an MFA in Visual Art from The Art Institute of Boston. Additionally, he earned a BA in Decorative Arts and Design from Shanghai Light Industry College. Chang was fortunate to have studied with the well know Chinese artist Xu Bing.
Attempt #1, 2015
Newspaper and acrylic on panel, 16" x 20"
Attempt #2, 2015
Newspaper and acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20"
Newspaper and acrylic on canvas, 11" x 14"