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Charles Yuen
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Boerum Hill

Media:Painting; Drawing;


ARTIST STATEMENT: The surfaces of these paintings are battered, beaten, scarred and funky. Little bits of recognizable things push back against an enveloping abstraction. Sometimes these little bits reference actual things like sprouts, leaves, planets, Buddhist prayer flags, rocks, or shadows. Others reference more abstract, but no less concrete shapes, such as geometric shapes, spirals, stripes, diagrammatic notations; identifiable shapes with no real correlate in the natural world. My goal is a delicate balance in which the smallest elements work in conjunction with the largest to convey a human experience.
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ARTIST RESUME:


SELECTED ONE PERSON SHOWS

2012
Valentine, “You Are the Center of the Universe”, Ridgewood, NY

2010
RH Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY

2007
ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA

2004
Metaphor Contemporary Art, “Psychographic”, Brooklyn, NY

2001
Asian American Art Centre, “Point Arabesque”, New York, NY

2000
Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY

1997
Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY

1994
Leo.Tony Gallery, “Recent Paintings”, New York, NY

1993
Art in General, “Casbah Paintings”, New York, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012
Katheryn Markel Fine Art, “Little Languages/Coded Pictures”, New York, NY

2010
Leslie Heller Gallery, “Cognitive Unconscious”, New York, NY

2009
The Contemporary Museum, “20 Going on 21”, Honolulu, HI
Art at Twelve, “In the Round”, Boston, MA

2008
Metaphor Contemporary Art, “Social Studies”, 2 person show, Brooklyn, NY
Jan Colle Gallery, “Kuf-Mold”, Ghent, Belgium

2007
Barbara Gillman Gallery, “Head to Head”, Miami, FL
ADA Gallery, 3 person show, Richmond, VA
The Grand Bazaar, “Kuf-Mold”, Istanbul, Turkey

2006
Scope London, ADA Gallery (Virginia), London, UK

2005
The Contemporary Museum (downtown), “HNL to NY”, Honolulu, HI
SICA, “Critics Select”, (selected by Robert C. Morgan), Long Branch, NJ

2004
Brookyln Museum of Art, “Open House: Working in Brooklyn”, Brooklyn, NY

2003
Metaphor Contemporary Art, “Paper 2003”, Brooklyn, NY

2002
Elizabeth Harris Gallery, “Curious Terrain”, New York, NY

2001
Art in General and Godzilla, “Why Asia”, silk-screened banners on Canal Street, New York, NY
Elizabeth Harris Gallery, “Hidden Identity”, New York, NY

2000
Pierogi 2000, “Super Duper New York”, Brooklyn, NY

1999
Elizabeth Harris Gallery, “Summer Show”, New York, NY
Saks Fifth Avenue, “Freudian Slips”, New York, NY

1998
New York State Museum, “The 1998 New York State Biennial”, Albany, NY
Elizabeth Harris Gallery, “Summer Show”, New York, NY
New Museum (Godzilla), “Urban Encounters”, New York, NY

1997
Elizabeth Harris Gallery, “Alive & Well”, New York, NY
Robert Steele Gallery, “Intimate Universe [Revisited]”, New York, NY, curator: Michael Walls
Brooklyn Museum of Art, “Current Undercurrent: Working in Brooklyn”, Brooklyn, NY

1996
Elizabeth Harris Gallery, “Dreams and Dislocations”, New York, NY (three person show)
Franklin Furnace, “Voyeur’s Delight”, New York, NY, curated by Barbara Rusin and Grace Roselli

1995
Tweed Gallery, “From the Dragon’s Cloud”, the Art Commission of New York, New York, NY, curator: Dik Liu

1994
Bixler Gallery, “To Enchant (Blue)”, New York, NY curator: Michael Walls
Columbia University and Asian American Arts Centre, “Betrayal/Empowerment”, New York, NY

1993
Artists Space, “Artists Select, Part I”, New York, NY
Artists Space, “The New World Order III, The Curio Shop”, New York, NY organized by Godzilla

1992
Guadalupe Cultural Center, “(en)Gendered Visions: Race, Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Art”, Guadalupe, TX

1989
Blum Helman Warehouse, “Tiananmen Square Show”, New York, NY
City Gallery, New York Department of Cultural Affairs, and Asian Arts Institute, “Uptown Downtown”, New York, NY

1988
Hallwalls, “Double Vision”, Buffalo, NY, and Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx, NY

1986
Exit Art, “Transculture/Transmedia”, New York, NY
The New Museum, “Mass”, New York, NY organized by Group Material

1985
Exit Art, “Surplus, Today’s Art in an Overpopulated City”, New York, NY
Bronx River Gallery, “Another World”, Bronx, NY curator: Fred Wilson

1984
Artists Space, “Selections from the Artists File”, New York, NY curator: Valerie Smith

1981
Newark Museum, “New Jersey Artists, Third Biennial Exhibition”, Newark, NJ, curators: Linda Shearer and Paterson Sims

SELECTED GRANTS

2011
Adolf and Esther Gottleib Foundation

2009
Visiting Artist award, University of Hawaii

2006
Joan Mitchell Foundation, Painters & Sculptures Grant Award

1993
Artists’ Projects: New York State Regional Initiative, jointly supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, Andy Warhol Fund, N. E. A., and, the Jerome Foundation

1983
Artist in Residence, sponsored by the Asian Arts Institute and New York State Council for the Arts

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2011
Kalm, James, Brooklyn in the Extreme, The Brooklyn Rail, Februrary 2011

2004
Youens, Rachel, Surreal Stories, OffOffOff.com, illus.
Yablonski, Linda, Time Out New York

2001
Zimmer, William, The Human Figure as Myth, The New York Times, December 23, 2001, illus.
Steinberg, Micheal, Up & Coming, an Inside Guide to the Emerging Art Scene in New York, pg. 62, 135, illus.
Liu, Timothy, Art Papers, September/October, illus.
Carter, Holland, Expanding Tradition, The New York Times, Art in Review, May 4

1998
Henry, Gerrit, Reviews, Art in America, April, illus.
Small Spaces, House Beautiful, New York, Hearst Books, pg. 131, illus.

1997
Youens, Rachel, Charles Yuen’s Introspective Infinities, Romance of the Trance, Cover, vol. 12, #1, illus.
Murdock, Robert M., Alive & Well at Elizabeth Harris, Review, October 1

1996
Bell, J. Bowyer, Dreams and Dislocations, Review, September 15

1995
Koplos, Janet, Reviews, Art in America, April, illus.
1994
Smith, Roberta, Art in Review, The New York Times, January 7

EDUCATION:
1981 M. F. A. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
1975 B. F. A. University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
 








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