YIN-JU CHEN | Extrastellar Evaluations II
21 October 2016 – 15 January 2017
Preview - Thursday 20 October, 6-8pm
CFCCA invites Taiwanese artist Chen Yin-ju to exhibit Extrastellar Evaluations II, an exploration of cosmic events and human behaviour through the processes of mythology, scientific research and artistic response. This exhibition is part of an ambitious co-commission between CFCCA and Liverpool Biennial to mark Manchester’s position as International City of Science this year.
This exhibition is the culmination of Yin-ju’s research into the customs and practices of the Lemurians; once inhabitants of the lost continent of Lemuria said to be located in the Pacific Ocean. After the mythological event of the sinking of the land of Lemuria, it is said that some Lemurians returned to their home planets, but some remained on Earth. Throughout the 1960s, it is believed those who remained used conceptual art to transmit hidden messages to outer space. In Gallery 1, Yin-ju’s works will recreate and interpret some of these channelled messages – through the medium of minimalist, monolithic sculptures.
A multidisciplinary artist, Chen Yin-ju’s practice spans the mediums of video, photography, drawing and installation with a primary interest in exploring the relationship between cosmic events and human behaviour. This exhibition has been supported by the Taiwanese Ministry of Culture.
This preview event on Thursday 20 October forms a part of CFCCA’s wider Thursday Lates programme which seeks to connect with Manchester’s other art galleries in offering a joint late opening to access new audiences.