12 x 12 Artist Talk: Derek Chan

Free With Admission

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Derek Chan, Tomorrow, 2008. Oil on canvas and rock; 55 × 64 in. (139.7 × 162.6 cm)
Courtesy of the artist


Derek Chan discusses his work during this informal gallery talk. The program is part of the MCA's monthly UBS 12 x 12: New Artists/New Work exhibition series.

Chan is a Chicago-based artist with—in the words of Chan—a Bay Area heart. His rigorous paintings, works-on-paper, and durational performances record the minutia of daily life, while combining historical and fictitious narratives to reflect on such themes as spirituality and environmental sustainability. Chan develops his work through a highly personal, meditative practice that involves making daily Sumi ink drawings that give "value and meaning to everyday life through painting."