Marvin Chan is a native Chicagoan who received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an emphasis in Printmaking. He continued to complete Tamarind Institute’s Professional Printers Training Program in Albuquerque New Mexico, and is now currently finishing his MFA at Northern Illinois University. His work draws from his mechanical background and tinkers with the intersection of empirical and invention.
My art considers the terms in which we define progress. Our intrinsic need to produce immediate solutions often overlooks consequential issues. My art espouses the need for ingenuity, and resourcefulness while questioning the nature of sufficiency. I’m interested in the relationship between advancement’s ability to both aid and impair human development.
The medium I work in is dictated by the demands of the project. I’m interested in problem solving and execution, which best suits the project at hand. This requires adjusting to new skill sets, which allows me to remain ‘unadapted’. My thought process and work is logic driven and mechanical in nature. By rendering and replicating, the process of reverse engineering allows me to understand its design while attempting to make something distinct.