Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2011-12

(Astoria, NY)Chin Chih Yang

Multi-disciplinary artist Chin Chih Yang was born in Taiwan, and has resided for many years in New York City. He received his BFA from Parsons and his MS from Pratt Institute, Among other honors, he has been a recipient of the Urban Artist Initiative Fellowship, a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and a fellowship from the New York State Council for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts Byrdcliffe Residency and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council - Swing Space residency at Governors Island. An experienced multi-disciplinary artist, his interests in ecology and constructed environments has resulted in interactive performances and installations that have been exhibited in such spaces as: the Chelsea Museum, Queens Museum, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Exit Art, Flux Factory, the UN, Rockefeller Center, and Union Square Park, to name a few. He has received coverage from the New York Times, BBC World News, Taipei Times, NY1, CBS, NY Art Beat, the Village Voice, Time Out New York, Flavorpill, Daily News and Art Asia Pacific magazine.

Kill Me or Change

Artist Chin Chih Yang creates a unique relationship between art and performance. The proposed project, Kill Me or Change, reflects the environmental movement slogan "Recycle or Die." This art event will challenge viewer-participants to contemplate the effects of over-consumption. The event, when realized, will mount 30,000 aluminum cans in a mesh net, suspended at the end of a crane and hovering over the head of the artist. The final execution will require an audience member to pull a string and (safely) release the contents- which represents the average consumption of cans over one person's lifetime- onto the head of Chin Chih Yang.