Lives and works in Minneapolis
Mentor: Pao Houa Her
Fue Yang is a first generation Hmong immigrant and artist born in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand and raised in Minneapolis. Yang earned his BFA in Web and Multimedia Environments from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2015. His work includes drawings, paintings, mixed media, and digital media and draws upon his experiences as an Asian American. Through his explorations in mark making, line-weight and delineation of forms, his work touches upon the central idea of narrative and the significance of stories. His web work uses Internet not as a window, but as a vehicle to tell his stories, and the stories of his people. Yang spends much of his free time looking up at the sky in his home state of Minnesota.
As an artist working primarily in installation, performance, and digital media, my work is an extension of my thoughts and interactions with the world, and addresses my reality as a Hmong- American living in a society where the Internet, a tool with the potential to increase empathy and interrogate politics, has become a banality.
From Fue Yang’s Proposal
As my practice begins exploring and embracing the web as a platform, I am forced to confront new questions: ‘Where is the presence of the hand of the artist,’ ‘How is my web identity curated,’ and perhaps most pressing, ‘What are our relationships with screens and what are the implications that arise from this?’ By recognizing the screen as innately artificial, I am able to open up discourses through my work.
Although formal critiques and evaluations of my presented work are vital, I place greater value in the conversations generated during the conception and process of my work. In the past these conversations have allowed me to fully formulate my projects, change them radically, as well as provide new artists and ideas that contextualize my work. It is in this spirit that I believe an intensive fellowship program will help me achieve my goals as an emerging artist.