Fang Chen, associate professor from Pennsylvania State University, explained to viewers how his artwork, and similar Asian graphic art, addresses public issues at an exhibition in the Morgan Library Tuesday.
A satellite of the Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibitions (CIIPE) featured Chen as the CIIPE honorary laureate and guest speaker, along with his designs and the designs of other Asian artists.
“The theme for this exhibition was Asia,” said co-director of CIIPE and CSU art professor Phil Risbeck. “Primarily it started with China, then we decided we need to add a bit more, so we added Korea and Japan.”
Chen spoke about his life growing up in China and his life as a professor and graphic artist.
One of Chen’s former students is also featured in the Morgan Library display, and Chen’s pride cannot be held back.
“I’m a designer, but I’m being a teacher,” Chen said. “If a teacher sees their student have success and win prizes . why not (be proud).”
All of Chen’s works are featured in black and white. He attributes this style to his ying-yang, balanced cultural upbringing.
“The main reason for (the black and white style) is because I am from China,” Chen said. “Those are my roots.”
The Asian Masters of the Graphic Arts is a satellite exhibition, which is part of the greater CIIPE exhibition featured in Fort Collins throughout the month.
The five-week long exhibition features posters from over 80 artists from 31 countries.
Some of the pieces will be featured on campus at the Clara Hatton Gallery, the Curfman Gallery and the First National Bank Gallery starting 7 p.m. Friday.
Chen will be presenting again Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. and will hold a third exhibition featuring his work on Friday. Both will be featured at the Lincoln Center.
Other times and locations can be found on the CSU Web site.