videoarte: Elena Wen

On View June 12 – November 5, 2017

This mini solo exhibition features a series of animated film works that the artist created between 2005 and 2013. Urban scenes, colorful landscapes, gossipy or nonsensical conversations, science fiction-inspired scenes, and statistics all make an appearance among Elena’s charming animations. No single film is longer than three minutes, packing a great deal of playful significance into a mini epic.

Elena Wen was born in Taiwan, and moved to Costa Rica with her family when she was 3 years old. Wen studied Illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and became an illustrator of limited edition art books that are now in the library collections of various institutions such as San Francisco MOMA, Getty Research Institute, Stanford and other university archives. Continuing her education in digital media at Parsons School of Design offered, the artist’s drawings became animation installations. She has exhibited at the A.I.R. Gallery, Flux Factory, and Secret Project Robot in NYC; at Lumen Eclipse in Harvard Square, Boston; and on the Great Wall of Oakland in California. She also in the Costa Rica Biennial in 2009, where her work was selected for the Central America Biennial exhibition (Bienal del Istmo Centroamericano) also in 2009. Her work was included in the 2011 bienal at El Museo del Barrio, The Street Files.

Lead Image: Elena Wen, stills from Tennis, 2006, animated film, 01:31 min, Image courtesy of the artist; Elena Wen, still from Drop Dead, 2009, animated film, 01:15min, Image courtesy of the artist; Elena Wen, still from Gossip, 2005, animated film, 00:50min, Image courtesy of the artist.