Khari Turner '21: What Are You Thinking About Now?

May 12, 2020


Current student Khari Turner, Visual Arts, sat down with his roommate Po-Yu Chen, Film Directing, to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected his work. Their light filled apartment has turned into Turner’s art studio.

Khari Turner posing in front of his paintings.

Khari Turner is an American artist living and working in New York, New York. A recent graduate from Austin Peay State University with his BFA, Turner is a MFA candidate at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. His work is divided between painting and sculpture, and continues to transform. “The voice of the work is working itself out...there is no certain outcome, but the journey is important." 




Headshot of Po-Yu Chen

Po-Yu Chen is a Taiwanese film director based in New York. He’s also a MFA candidate at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Before coming to New York, Chen worked as a crew member on the film Silence by Martin Scorsese. The production drove his ambition to direct. The topics of solitude and close relationships between people in the city feature heavily in Chen’s work. Besides narrative film, he has also participated in documentary production. Chen’s latest film, Something in the Water, won a 2018 Sloan Foundation production grant. His previous shorts include DinnerPaint Again, and Happy Birthday to Me


Painting of three women obscured by smoke. Only their noses and lips are visible.
Abstract portrait of a woman.
Abstract image of colorful blobs overlooking a man.

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