In the Artist’s Studio: Featuring Warren Chang
January 31-April 14, 2019
Acclaimed artist Warren Chang will be featured in an exhibition titled In the Artist’s Studio: Featuring Warren Chang. Visitors are invited into Chang’s studio for an introduction to his work, creative process and life as an artist. In this virtual studio visit, a selection of the artist’s works, art making tools and personal items, along with rarely seen photographs of private studio spaces - rarely open to the public - are on view.
The studio is relatively small, a stand-alone building constructed in the backyard of his house in 2007. Inspired roughly by the architectural drawing of Norman Rockwell’s studio, it boasts a large bay window from the direction of the north. There is a long bookshelf installed along the north wall, containing hundreds of art books and literature, which are of constant inspiration to him. There is a small loft on the second floor primarily used for storing paintings and this is where he also stretches his canvas.
Chang will also conduct an informal presentation and demonstration of his artmaking process at NUMU on Saturday, April 13, from 2-3pm.
NUMU’s In the Artist’s Studio exhibition series supports NUMU’s mission to share stories in new ways. Most people do not have the opportunity to visit an artist’s studio and learn firsthand how artwork is made, and more importantly why it is made. Through this series NUMU offers insight into the practice of artmaking and shares with the community the ingenuity, intelligence and empathy that goes into the creative process. NUMU introduced the series in January 2018 featuring the studios and practices of San Jose-based artists George Rivera and Kristin Lindseth.
An artist’s studio is both a sacred creative space and a functional workshop, each as unique as the individual artist. The studios of artists provide a treasure trove of insight into their practices and personas. Examples from art history include painter Francis Bacon, known for working amongst a disheveled hoard of creative material. Georgia O’Keefe’s adobe home studio is filled with found bone fragments and rocks, and punctuated with windows that provide magnificent views - all informed and inspired her creative process. Constantin Brancusi’s workspace was chock-full with not only his sculptures, but also his own handmade furniture.
Warren Chang will also present an exhibition of large scale paintings of migrant farmworkers titled Voice of the Fields. More information is available here.