Shih Chieh Huang: Synthetic Seduction

When 1 Mar 2013 - 30 Jun 2013
Where Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States
Enquiry 4159782700

Shih Chieh Huang, EX-DD-06, 2006. Mixed media, 25 x 25 x 25 ft. Courtesy of the artist

March 1 – June 30 2013

Press Release:

Shih Chieh Huang creates sculptural ecosystems using computer parts and common objects, such as plastic bags and bottles, which he animates in installations that mix a machine aesthetic with an organic impulse. Gathering inspiration from marine biology, Huang explores bioluminescence and its role in seduction and reproduction in the deep sea.

Taiwanese-born Shih Chieh Huang has exhibited his sculptures and installations at the Experimenta Biennial of Media Art, Melbourne; Busan Biennale, South Korea; Aichi Triennale, Japan; 52nd Venice Biennale, Taiwan Pavilion; Zero1 Biennial, San Jose; Biennale Cuvée, Linz, Austria; ARC Biennial of Art, Brisbane, Australia; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; and  Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai. He has had solo exhibitions at Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC; Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art; Beall Center for Art + Technology, Irvine, CA; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei. Huang’s awards include an Artist Research Fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution, a Creative Capital Grant, a Rockefeller Foundation New Media Arts Fellowship, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Sculpture Award, two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, and residencies at Art Omi, Skowhegan, and The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation. Huang lives and works in New York. Organized by Thien Lam.

Public Programs

Saturday, March 2, 2pm

Artist Talk, large Conference Room, Free with gallery admission.

Shih Chieh Huang speaks about his work and its evolution since the late 1990s.

Thursday, March 7, 6pm

Fish That Change Sex, large Conference Room, Free with gallery admission.

When it comes to sexuality no human can compare to the variety of sexes and sexual behaviors of lower vertebrates. Evolution has rewarded fishes that change sex (in either direction), that have harems (female and male), that (in a pinch) can mate with themselves, and perform a variety of other sexual strategies. Dr. John E. McCosker of the California Academy of Sciences explains why and what to look for when next visiting an aquarium, a kelp bed, or a coral reef.

PAUSE || Practice and Exchange activates YBCA’s upstairs galleries through a series of process-based exhibitions with artists in residence from the Bay Area and around the world. These exhibitions also include lectures, performances, and workshops that transform the space into a fluid and active experience. Key components are cross-generational projects and multi-disciplinary collaborative artworks with a focus on influence and mentorship from both international and local artists.

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