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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

ANNE CHAN

ANNE CHAN

Artist Work

Dead End
2008
Giclee Print
20" x 30"
Rat Race
2007-08
Giclee Print
40" x 40"
Casino
2008
Giclee Print
20" x 30"
Habitat
2007-08
Giclee Print
30" x 40"
Lobby
2009
Giclee Print
25" x 52"

Artist Information

County
Montgomery County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)
Prior to 2012

Artist Statement

Experimenting with size and scale I create a representative world of my own, producing photographs under controlled lighting to alter and control the viewer's perspective. Symbolizing the human condition with common office products, I question whether we have become so regimented in our routine as to be lifeless. In the age of technology have we become inhuman? I began this series of photographs as a social commentary on cubicle-farm life, highlighting a corporate culture that is monotonous, hierarchal, micromanaging, non-creative and even inhumane. This body of work evolved from satirical furniture vignettes of corporate scenarios almost narrating what happened before or what could soon occur, to images that were more architectural and abstract as I built models to depict uninhabitable commercial spaces. As an artist, I am inspired by the work of photographers, Andreas Gursky, James Casebere, Thomas Demand and Edward Burtynsky, along with installation artists such as Do Ho Suh, whose work can be both subtle and powerful and Tara Donovan whose work can make ordinary materials seem extraordinary. As I continue to think about society as a whole, I am also inspired by architecture and urban life. I continue to contemplate the idea of “work” and how one can be weighed down by the mundane tasks of their daily life.

Artist Bio

Born in New York, NY and raised in Baltimore, Anne Chan received her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2006 and her BA from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland in 2000. Anne’s work has exhibited widely in Baltimore, Maryland; Washington DC; Miami, Florida; and Toronto, Canada. She is also a So-Hamiltonian Artist Fellow at Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, DC and a recent Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant recipient in Photography.