Craig Yee

October 27th, 2014 New York City

Craig Yee’s lecture offered a new definition of ink by describing the intensive characteristics of the medium and how the ink artist subtly and directly (i.e. bodily) controls the absorption and reflection of light entirely through intensive processes and means. Yee also discussed the semiotics of ink as a language, reflected through an understanding that the medium of this language is intensive and process-driven.

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Bio – Craig YEE (Seattle / Beijing)

Craig L. Yee is a founding Director of Ink Studio, a Beijing-based gallery and experimental art space devoted to documenting and exhibiting China’s leading contemporary ink artists. Mr. Yee’s writing on contemporary ink has appeared in a number of monographs including The Phenomenology of Life (2014), on the semiotics of Huang Zhiyang’s multimedia practice, Impulse, Matter, Form (2014) on the ink abstractions of Zheng Chongbin, and Carving the Unconscious (forthcoming, 2015) on the woodcuts and paintings of Chen Haiyan. Mr. Yee has also played a central editorial role in university and museum research projects on classical and modern Chinese painting including New Songs on Ancient Tunes (2007) at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Selected Masterworks of Modern Chinese Painting: The Tsao Family Collection (2011) at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, and the Modern Ink series of monographs on nineteenth and twentieth century Chinese ink painters published by the University of Hawaii Press.

Mr. Yee has conducted workshops on appreciating classical, modern and contemporary ink painting for organizations including the Society for Asian Art, the Connoisseur’s Council of the Asian Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Beijing International Society, and has co-taught a popular Masters’ degree course on art management at Hong Kong Baptist University Visual Arts Academy. Mr. Yee previously worked as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company in New York, and received dual bachelor’s degrees in economics and symbolic systems from Stanford University as well as an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was Ford Scholar.

Craig Yee’s participation in FIELD MEETING was supported by Ink Studio.

Dai Guangyu, Absorbing, Being Absorbed, Performance, 1999. Courtesy of Ink Studio