Interview: Chang Gang Lee

Please, introduce yourself, tell us a little bit about you.

My name is Chang-Gang Lee, I am a collage artist and art director. I currently live and work in Tokyo, Japan.

Recent, current or future projects you are involved in that you would like to share with us?

I always spend much of my life at creating collage. Next year I’ll have solo exhibition in Tokyo, So I have a lot of work to do. I usually make small collages (up to about A3 size), but  I’ll make much bigger and new style of work for the exhibition.

What kind of things do influence your work?

Music, film, people, everything I see and feel influences me. and a lot of amazing artists, not only collage artists.

How is your normal process of collaging? (idea or commission, where do you get your materials or find your images, which is your cutting technique, best way you have found to paste, where do you work and how, and very important: what do you do with your scraps)

My process of creating collages starts with playing with scraps involuntarily. I always try not to have specific idea or rules. because if I make rules, I’ll be bound by my own rules.

I create collages from vintage books and magazines which I get from used bookstore. I also use paint in combinations with scraps.

I always work in my room, mostly in the night-time.

Basically I save all my scraps, but I’m buried in scraps! I guess I need my own studio now…

Which is your latest discovery in the collage world? 

I discovered the collage work by Misha Hollenbach few years ago. His work always blowing me away! They are so powerful and humorous.

What advice can you give to a collage beginner?

My advice to a collage beginner is: work hard, but don’t forget to have fun.

What do say your friends/family about your collage work? And, what do you do when you are not working on art?

I walk in the woods.

Would you like to ask anything to John Baldessari? Shoot.

No idea… but I can say your work is dope.