In this digital series, 'Atlas', artist photographed dilapidated advertisement boards on NYC subway platforms. During the transition period, before a new advertisement is placed over the old, the layered remains of previous posters create an imaginary landscape. I transfer these photographs into 3D software, resulting in a virtual three-dimensional topographic model, attempting to realize the passing of time on this landscape. Each landscape documents a specific site in the fictional world of advertising; each landmark perpetually manipulated and physically eroded by anonymous commuters.
Poyen Wang was born in Taichung, Taiwan in 1987 and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. He received his master’s degree in New Media Art from Taipei National University of the Fine Arts in 2015, and his second master’s degree at the School of Visual Arts with a Paula Rhodes Award for Exceptional Achievement in Computer Art in 2017. He was the fellowship recipient of a government sponsorship for overseas study from Taiwan in 2015 and won the Gold Medal Award at Taiwan National Art Award in 2017.
His art practice mainly incorporates video installations with computer-generated animation. Focusing on the plasticity of digital images and recently, through the fabrication of image narrative, he explores the relationship between personal and local history.