Program Type: 
Exhibition
PAUSE: Practice & Exchange
Shih Chieh Huang: Synthetic Seduction
March 01, 2013 - July 07, 2013
Upstairs Galleries

Overview

Artworks shown on this page:

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

Shih Chieh Huang
Organic Concept
2006
Mixed media
70 ft x 70 ft x 20 ft
Courtesy of the artist

PAUSE: Practice & Exchange
Shih Chieh Huang: Synthetic Seduction
Mar 1, 2013 – Jul 7, 2013

“What [Shih Chieh Huang] generates in all of his work is a genuine sense of technology as life form.”

—Sally Butler, artlink.com
 

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.

Shih Chieh Huang: Synthetic Seduction

Shih Chieh Huang: Artist Talk

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Events

  • Pause || Practice and Exchange - Shih Chieh Huang: Synthetic Seduction
    March 1, 2013 – July 6, 2013
    Upstairs Galleries
  • Artist Talk: Shih Chieh Huang
    Mar 2, 2013 1:00pm – 2:00pm
    Large Conference Room
    FREE with gallery admission

    Shih Chieh Huang speaks about some of his influences from the different environments he grew up in and still revisits today: night markets in Taiwan and “electric towns” in Taipei and Japan. He will also discuss the evolution of his work since the late 1990s, including the development process and the research he conducted at the Smithsonian Institute on bioluminescent organisms in the ocean.

  • Fish That Change Sex
    Mar 7, 2013 5:00pm – 6:00pm
    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.

    John McCosker is a Senior Scientist and the first Chair of Aquatic Research at the California Academy of Sciences. From 1973 through 1994 he was Director of the Steinhart Aquarium. He received his PhD in Marine Biology from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1973 and is an Adjunct Professor in Marine Biology at San Francisco State University. Trained as an evolutionary biologist, his research activities have subsequently broadened to include field and laboratory studies ranging from microscopic bioluminescent bacteria to macroscopic man-eating elasmobranchs. He has also studied the marine life of the Galápagos, the biology of salmonid fishes, dispersed and renewable energy sources as alternatives to national vulnerability and war, public safety issues and white shark attack behavior, and the public understanding of sustainable seafoods. He is the author of more than 260 popular and scientific articles and books and has appeared in numerous BBC, NOVA, and Discovery channel documentaries. He and his wife have dove and fished in all of the world’s oceans and he serves on the boards of several non-profit educational and research organizations.

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Artist Bio

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. .
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Koret Foundation
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