An Interactive Protest Against Corporate Waste, 2015. Interactive guerrilla street performance/installation for Earth Day, Times Square, NY.

Chin Chih Yang: Human Body Sculpture

Chin Chih Yang is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses sculpture, performance, installation, video, photography, computers, lighting, painting, and other media to create his own brand of human body sculpture/performance art. Yang, who was born in Banciao, Taiwan, has lived in New York for over 30 years, earning a BFA from Parsons in 1986 and an MS from Pratt Institute in 1994. For many years, he primarily did oil paintings and then turned to photography, video, and new media. He also started an advertising agency in New York and worked in graphic design while continuing his studio practice. About 2000, he began to do sculptural performance. He traces his start in performance art to his job as a part-time cook at a Benihana Steakhouse during graduate school. He enjoyed acting the part of a Japanese chef, chopping, turning, and serving food, and he became especially intrigued with the element of personal interaction involved in performing. He wanted to have more face-to-face contact with audiences than artists usually get with more traditional media …see the entire article in the print version of October’s Sculpture magazine.