Snow Yuxue Fu
Delve into the liminal and explore the “techno-sublime” of digital art.
Elspeth Walker | Ed YoungMi Lamine | 19 October 2019
Snow Yunxue Fu (b. 1987, China) is an International New Media Artist who lives and works in New York City. Fu is also an Assistant Arts Professor at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Photography and Imaging.
Using topographical computer-rendered images and installations, her practice merges historical, post-photographic, philosophical, and painterly explorations into the universal aesthetic and definitive nature of the “techno-sublime”.
Artist, Title work (yyyy) © Courtesy of the artist.
Resolution from Snow Yunxue Fu on Vimeo.
Snow Yunxue Fu, Resolution – 3D moving image with sound 2:08 min (2018) © Courtesy of the artist.
-Visual Assistants: Dohee Kim and Yuki Cong
-Sound Commission: Bobby Swainhart
“…myth is depoliticized speech. One must naturally understand ‘political’ in its deeper meaning, as describing the whole of human relations in their real, social structure, in their power of making the world…Myth does not deny things, on the contrary, its function is to talk about them…”
From the article Video: Shedding the Utopian Moment by Martha Rosler
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Snow Yunxue Fu’s transition into new media is a natural extension of her conceptual research in which she draws parallels between the physical, metaphysical, digital, and multi-dimensional spaces.
Snow Yunxue Fu, Liminal Momentum (2021) solo show twin of the physical show in China © Courtesy of the artist.
Karst 2 VR series (2018)
Snow Yunxue Fue, Karst 2 (2020) VR Series © Courtesy of the artist.
Karst is a multi-level virtual reality visual and sound experience/artwork that creates liminal spaces in between the representational and the theatrical, the limited and the multi-dimensional, and the abstract and the real for people to visit and experience. The multiple scenes in Karst reference a variety of places in our reality that are being limited to be visited because of various reasons, revealing human’s relationship to the larger world. It pushes the boundaries of landscape art by putting natural ecologies and human environmental interventions in dialogue through immersive VR. It also attempts to embody the concept of Plato’s cave in the medium of a virtually constructed realm.
Snow Yunxue Fu, Trench 2 (2020) © Courtesy of the artist.
Trench 2 (2020)
Trench is a virtual reality project that is set in a digitally simulated space resembling an abstracted oceanic environment, not unlike the Mariana Trench. While diving deeper within the simulation, the participant approach’s various CGI marine-like objects, which will trigger natural and glitched phenomena that alter the digital experience. The glitching and abstraction of these objects and environments will be based on the visualization of data from environmental research.
The space invites a subliminal experience interrupted by the beauty and terror of natural and man-made phenomena, documenting the current disparity between the majority’s perception of environmental damage caused by human activity, the actual data that exists on such matters, and our desire to preserve, enjoy, and relate to nature.
(Project Assistants: Kamile Eidukeviciute, Ashley Liu, Soffiah Decena, and Jun Kang)
Snow Yunxue Fu et al., VR WSPark (2021) © Courtesy of the artists
VR WSPark (2021)
VR WSPark is designed as a virtual reality cosmopolitan park resembling NYC’s Washington Square Park, presented on the Social VR Platform Sansar, co-hosted by the DSLCollection. The showcase is devoted to the curated 3D Imaging artworks of Snow Yunxue Fu and her students from NYU Tisch School of the Arts – Department of Photo and Imaging.
It also functions as a virtual cultural hub for additional events, lectures, NFT sales and shows in the metaverse.
In partnership with Numomo: Scott Fuzion and Dr. Rolf Hoefer
Special guest women crypto artist: Snow Yunxue Fu
They answered 3 questions:
- What is the intrinsic value of NFTs?
- How can artists use NFTs to capture more value?
- What’s the life of an NFT artist?
With a background in painting and having moved into new media art, she remains the youngest artist collected by the National Art Museum of China.
- In 2021, Fu won the International Art Rights Prize in the Digital Art Category.
- In 2020, Fu was shortlisted for the Niio x AI Art Prizes 2019/2020. Part in the group show Well Now, WTF?, Fu’s work “Balancing Act” (2020) was mentioned in The New York Times on 13 May 2020.
- In 2020, Snow Yunxue Fu was awarded the First Place in the Digital Art Category of the Art Rights Prize, the first International Virtual Art Award.
- In 2018, the video Side (2017) is in the permanent collection of The Current Museum of Art, New York, USA.
2021, Cavern Us, Online Solo Show, V-Art
2021, Liminal Momentum, Online Solo Show, Hubs Mozilla
2020, Bask, Solo Window Display, Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2020, Conjoin (Chapter 3), Online Solo Show, Arebyte on Screen (AOS)
2020, Liminality Liminoid, Solo show, Multispace NYC, New York, NY
2019, Karst, Snow Yunxue Fu Solo Show, Chazan Family Gallery, Rhode Island College, Providence RI.
2021, Two Person Shows, Gordon Parks Gallery at Metro State University in Saint Paul, MN
2020/21, Artworks shown in the Art Rights 3D Virtual Exhibition on the Lieu City VR exhibition platform
2020, The FutureLab 2020 exhibition at the West Bund Art Center in Shanghai
2020, Conjoin (Chapter 2), File Festival, Cultural Centre of SESI in São Paulo City, Brazil
2020, Bask, Third Chinese Women Video Art Festival, Mexico City, Mexico
Museums or Fairs
2021, Liminal Momentum ,Duende Art Museum, China
2020, ART + TECH Festival “Joynt” in the virtual New Art City gallery
2020, Elementum Exhibition – part of the Digital Art Month in Miami
2020, Supernova Denver
2020, Snow Yunxue Fu Artist Solo Booth, Contemporary and Digital Art Fair (CADAF), online
2019, Karst, Ptuj City Gallery, as part of the European Capital of Culture project Maribor in the 17th Art Stays Festival, in Ptuj, Slovenia.