Introductory Essay – Reclaiming the Vision

Sculpture made out of recycled aluminum cans by Chin Chih Yang titled 123 Pollution Solution.

“I am tiny in this world,” artist Chin Chih Yang (CC) declares, but the monumental work in this exhibit is universal in its message. A contemporary, New York-based multidisciplinary artist, Mr. Yang’s latest installation and new works, along with his live appearance at the QCC Art Gallery, invite us to respond to world conflicts, natural disasters, and the twists and turns of modern communications that chip away at our identity. The exhibit, Reclaiming the Vision: CC Yang, opened on September 5, 2019.

Using recycled materials and natural resources that intertwine the past with the present, the Taiwanese-born sculptor, painter, weaver, and multimedia artist’s show extends far-reaching themes, from the smoldering Amazon to a deconstructed car accident. Yang’s focus is to bring the viewer’s attention to oneself and to reflect on our duty and responsibility as humans to care for and maintain our beautiful earth.

“It is about human-made and nature-made disasters and our relationships to them. These two themes are core to my work,” Mr. Yang explains, taking a quick break as he sets up his show in the QCC Art Gallery space. A key exhibit is a metaphor for global conflict: flags of multiple countries, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Iraq, and France, are intricately tied into shapes which Mr. Yang likens to the legendary, intractable Gordian knot, only resolved by bold action.

“Mr. Yang captures our complex relationships with nature and with each other,” said Faustino Quintanilla, Executive Director of the QCC Art Gallery. “He is a renowned champion of public art, and we are very proud that he has selected Queensborough as a venue to share his vision with our diverse college community and beyond.”