Chicago, Illinois, United States
Figment (version 1)
Art | Description | Figment (version 1)
In Figment, rendered clouds and mountains, with their mediated counterparts, contemplate contemporary technological society’s relationship with the natural world. Layers of a metaphoric relationship with the moving images emerge – clouds are synonymous with digital culture, landscapes are realistically depicted stationary but are constructed. Lush CG mountainsides, with visual ties to my China hometown play on perception and desire for a relationship with nature; yet it is synthetic, a liminal realm that we experience but cannot touch. Figment offers an experience of the digital sublime, which overlaps with our perception of the digital, landscape, our relationship with each, and the fundamental questions that follow, peering into the nature of our existence.
Art | Description | Purple
"A subject in this everyday world is surrounded by images and a built environment that are, at times, hard to tell apart. Three-dimensional objects are no longer a prior reality to be represented,
but rather seem to be blowups of a two-dimensional world. Two and three dimensions interchange freely with each other in a derealizing process so hard to grasp that we turn to catch words like
postmodernism in desperation..."
from Video Installation Art: The Body, the Image, and the Space-in-Between, by Margaret Morse
Visual Assistant: Max Crider
Sound Commission: Daniel Brookman
About | Snow Yunxue Fu
Snow Yunxue Fu (b. 1987) is a Chinese new media artist who lives and works in Chicago and has shown her work internationally and nationally in America. Her artwork approaches the subject of the Sublime using topographical computer rendered animation installation. She exams and interprets the world around her through digital space and virtual reality, where she draws a parallel to the realms of multi-dimensionality, the physical, the virtual, and the metaphysical.
Fu has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including the Hong Kong Arts Center, ISEA2016 in Hong Kong, Expo Chicago, Hongli Chen Art Museum, Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology in Connecticut, Digital Culture Center in Mexico City, Zhou B Art Center in Chicago, Chicago Artist Coalition, Kunsthalle Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Filmmakers, MoMA PopRally Screening, Gene Siskel Film Center, NURTUREart Gallery in Brooklyn, TEMP Art Space in New York, Gallery C Space in Beijing China, West Village Art Gallery in Chengdu China, SIMULTAN Festival in Romania, and 9:16 Film Festival in Australia.
Her early painting work, Kissing the Mother, is in the permanent collection of the National Museum of China in 1994, keeping the record of the youngest artist in the collection.
Fu is teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in the Film, Video, New Media, and Animation Department, Continuing Studies Department, and Ox-bow, as well as working as a faculty portfolio reviewer for Admissions. She also teaches in the North Central College in Naperville IL. She obtained a M.F.A. degree from the Film, Video, New Media, and Animation department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also obtains a B.F.A. degree in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Southeast Missouri State University, and a B.A. in Fine Art from Sichuan Normal University in China.
Fu has presented her work and research in institutions, symposiums, and conferences, such as the SIGGRAPH Anaheim 2016’s CG in Asia Panel, the 15th Biennial of Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology. She has given artist talk at the Elmhurst Art Museum, Chicago Artist Coalition, Lido Art Center in Guangzhou China, and Guizhou Minzu (Nationalities) University in Guiyang China, and she was recently on the panel Flickering Bodies as part of SAIC’s Celebrating Women in New Media Symposium in 2016. Fu is also actively engaged in many curatorial projects. She has co-curated many multi-media shows, such as A City to Wear at the Research House for Asian Art in Chicago and –scape at the Zhou Brothers’ Art Center. She currently manages the exhibitions of the Double Frame Gallery, a contemporary artist group ran gallery located in the Mana Contemporary Chicago that showcases and supports experimental and contemporary work in various mediums. Fu has received many grants and awards such as Diversity Infusion Grant, Faculty Enrichment Grant from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and The 20th ifva Awards Media Art Category Finalist.
Snow Yunxue Fu’s artwork approaches the subject of the Sublime using topographical computer rendered animation installations. She examines and interprets the world around her through digital reality, where she draws a parallel to the realms of the physical, the virtual, the metaphysical, and multi-dimensionality.
Modeling her animations on the allegorical paintings of Casper David Fredrich, Fu continues her aspirations in the sublime from her painting background into experimental digital media, exploring the nature of physical and metaphysical limits, as the work also mirrors the fundamental aspect of Chinese Traditional Landscape Painting, which often presents a type of virtual reality where the significance of the individual and linear perspective is blurred into a voluminous landscape. Extending out from the pictorial, Fu’s installation work engages in a metaphoric relationship with physical perception, by which the sublime is framed and the viewer is invited to enter into a liminal interior within a digitally constructed realm.
Faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC):
-Lecturer in Film, Video, New Media, and Animation Department & Continuing Studies Department -Faculty Portfolio Reviewer for SAIC Undergraduate Admissions
& Co-op Internship Faculty Advisor;
Faculty at North Central College, Naperville, IL;
Faculty Portfolio Advisor at Lido Art Center, Shenzhen, China; Teaching Artist at Ox-bow, School of Art and Artist Residency.
2014 School of the Art Institute of Chicago (M.F.A. in Film, Video, New Media, and Animation)
2011 School of the Art Institute of Chicago (B.F.A. in
2010 Sichuan Normal University, Chengdu, China. (B.A. in Visual Arts)
2009 Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO. (B.F.A. in Painting)
Awards, Lecture, and Grants:
2017 Present in the symposium Cultural Appropriation and Transnational Identity within
Mass Media, Leroy Neiman Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
2016 Research and Artist Presentation in “CG in Asia” panel at the AMC SIGGRAPH
Anaheim 2016, CA
2016 Artist Talk at the Guizhou Nationalities University Art Department, Guiyang, China
2016 Artist Talk at the Lido Art Center in Guangzhou, China
2016 Awarded the Diversity Infusion Grants from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2016 Awarded the Commission Fund by the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology
2016 Present in the Flickering Bodies Panel at the Celebrating Women in New Media
Art Symposium at the School of the Art institute of Chicago
2016 Project Presentation at the 15th Biennial for Arts and Technology at the Ammerman
Center for Arts and Technology Symposium at the Connecticut College
2015-2016 School of the Art Institute of Chicago Faculty Enrichment Grant
2015 Artist Talk at the Elmhurst Art Museum through Elmhurst Artists’ Guild
2014-2015 The 20th ifva Awards Media Art Category Finalist
2014 Nominated for The Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Fellowship
2012 School of the Art Institute of Chicago Graduate Merit Scholarship and Grant
2011 School of the Art Institute of Chicago Undergraduate Merit Scholarship
2009 Student of the Year Award, Southeast Missouri State University art department
2006-2009 Name Listed in Dean’s List 6 consecutive semesters
1994 Permanent Collection, Kissing the Mother, National Museum of China
Memberships and Residencies:
2017 Member of Society for Cinema and Media Studies
2016 Member of ACM SIGGRAPH
2016 Member of Chinese American Art Faculty Association
2015 Member of Media Grrrl Artist Group
2014-2015 Artist Resident of 2014-2015 Chicago Artist Coalition HATCH Project
2013-2015 Member of College Art Association
2013 Member of Group Format Artist Group
2009 Member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
2007 Member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society.
Jan 2016 Tunnel, solo show, Double Frame Gallery and DINCA Space, Mana Contemporary
Chicago, Chicago, IL.
July 2015 Still, solo show, Yellow Peril Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island.
Sep 2014 LOsT in PRojectiOn, Snow Yunxue Fu solo Architectural Video Projection Night,
LVG vs LG*: Mixed Use Lot Project, LAWN Gallery*, Chicago IL.
Aug 2014 Mind H, Snow Yunxue Fu online solo show, MPSTN Gallery, Chicago IL.
Feb 2014 The Virtual Senses, Snow Yunxue Fu’s Solo Show, The Gallery C Space, Beijing China.
May 2009 Big Canvas Small World, Snow Yunxue Fu Painting Solo Exhibition, O’Fallon
Culture and Art Center, O’Fallon MO.
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