Coinciding with the present exhibition “Ink Affinities 墨缘: The Collaborative Works of Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney," FQM welcomes the painter Arnold Chang, based in New Jersey, and the photographer Michael Cherney, based in China, and the art historian Dr. Wen-shing Chou, to join with us a conversation of Chang and Cherney's recent exhibition curated by Fu Qiumeng.
Chang and Cherney began collaborating in 2009. Their work blurs the distinctions between photography and painting by harnessing the similarities between film grain and ink dots. This new series, neither solely photographs nor paintings but a dialogue between two artists, working in different media, embraces and reaffirms the classical aesthetics of Chinese landscape art while challenging the public's definition of shuimo 水墨 (“ink painting”).
Dr. Wen-Shing Chou specializes in art of China and the Himalayas. She is an Associate Professor of Art History at Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY). Chou holds a MA and Ph.D. in History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley (2011).