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Participatory Formats: Art by Mizzonk

An installation artwork in the shape of a bookPaper Trail

Mizzonk is a Vancouver-based art studio. The studio, founded by Wan-Yi Lin and Roger Chen, focuses on creating installation art, often in public and participatory formats, with a minimalist aesthetic edge.

An installation view of an art billboard in TaiwanChingtao 21 billboard (installation view)


I really enjoy the way that Mizzonk’s artists explore the nature of, and tension between, public and private art. In one recent project, Chingtao 21 billboard art, the team created a public billboard installation at the entrance to Roger Chen’s townhouse complex in Pingtung, Taiwan, as a response to the removal of several buildings that had, up until then, provided the home with additional privacy.

The front page of the Mizzonk studio


The nature of the billboard as a space for public announcement and advertising is subverted by the artist’s creation of an image that doesn’t necessarily have anything to sell. In keeping with the studio’s favored aesthetic of neutral, sometimes-earthy colors and poetic titling, the billboard seeks a very different type of attention.

An installation view of a billboard at nightChingtao 21 billboard (installation view)

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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