“Children’s Utopia” by Xiaohan Han | “Here Is Not Here Was” by Xi Jiang
Exhibition Opening: April 7th from 5pm – 8pm
On View: April 8th – 11th
Children’s Utopia by Xiaohan Han
Xiaonan is an interactive and illustration artist. She finished her undergraduate school in Capital
Normal University and is currently a graduate student at Pratt Institute. Many of her projects are
related to self recognition. She also interested in children centered design work.
Children’s Utopia is a project with the theme of interaction, to express a new experience of
communication via the tangible medium of color cubes that endow the abstract elements of
naive and engaging components. It allows people to see what my childhood looks like as they
pick up one of the cubes on the desk and put it close to another, begetting an animation on the
table. Ancient Chinese naive materialists think everything is made up of the movement and
changes of five basic elements(metal, wood, water, fire and soil) which can transform into each
other. There are five important elements in my life: memory, hope, love, belief, and dreams. The
five elements have their own characteristics and they can influence each other. This allows me
to rethink what my life looks like. When visitors interact the cubes together, it’s as if they create
something and concurrently gain an insight into my life.
Here Is Not Here Was by Xi Jiang
Xi Jiang is a digital artist who creates physical installations, motion graphics,
photography works and digital images. She currently concentrates in creating
installations by physical materials and digital arts. Most of her works are related to selfexplorations
and social issues.
Xi Jiang came from Beijing, China. After earning her BFA in Digital Media Art at
Communication University of China in 2012, She moved to Brooklyn, New York for
further education in art. Xi Jiang is currently a MFA candidate who is focusing on digital
imaging in Digital Art Department at Pratt Institute.
Here Is Not Here Was is a 9 feet high, 9 feet wide and 12 feet deep environmental
installation, which combines digital projection and physical materials. By building
collages with multiple layers of drapery, and digital projections based on artist’s
emotional experiences in New York City, provided to viewers a virtual journey.
Artist’s mentality is flowing as a river, narratively and dramatically. Here Is Not
Here Was concludes artist’s chronological emotional track related to New York City. It
can be divided into six turning points: Excitement, Disappointment, Freshness,
Frustration, Adjustment and reluctance. The installation shapes these periods between the
six turning points and builds an environment by using different materials and mediums.
The elements of these materials convey the moods by colors, shapes, textures, and
patterns. The winding shape of the curtain like fabric collage builds a route for viewers to