Patty Chang (born 1972, San Leandro, CA) is an American performance artist and film director living and working in Los Angeles, CA. Her performative works deal with themes of gender, language and empathy, and she was described as "one of our most consistently exciting young artists" by The New York Times in 2005. Originally trained as a painter, she is primarily known for her short films, videos and performance art. She often plays a central role in her own work, which is often seen as testing the acceptable boundaries of taste and endurance. Some of her work contains scatological elements, while others critique perceptions of female sexual roles. She often denounces the problems that she observes in contemporary society by staging her own body in intensely difficult situations, documenting her actions through video and photography. She began to take a more "behind the scenes" role and became "perhaps the least visible she has ever been in her own work” in her 2005 exhibition Shangri-La based on a fictional location in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by James Hilton. Her recent work, especially "Invocation for The Wandering Lake" (2015–16), draws connections between landscape and the body.She has staged solo shows in major cities, including Patty Chang at Jack Tilton Gallery, New York (1999), Ven conmigo, nada contigo. Fuente. Melones. Afeitada. at Museo National de Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (2000), Patty Chang: Shangri-La at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the New Museum, New York (2005), Flotsam Jetsam with longtime collaborator David Kelley at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014), and her most extensive exhibition to date, Patty Chang: The Wandering Lake, 2009-2017, at the Queens Museum, Queens, NY (2017–18).
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Patty Chang
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