Pause: Practice & Exchange: Synthetic Seduction
“What [Shih Chieh Huang] generates in all of his work is a genuine sense of technology as life form”
Shih Chieh Huang creates a sculptural ecosystem using found and collected objects — including toys, plastic bags, electrical devices, and sensors — into beautiful, ethereal installations that seem unexpectedly organic and life-like. For his exhibition at YBCA, he will create a work that reflects on the Bay Area’s rich legacy in both the machine performance movement and the countercultural aesthetics of psychedelia.
Shih Chieh Huang received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He has exhibited his sculptures and installations at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Busan Biennial, Aichi Triennial, 52nd Venice Biennale, Biennial Zero1 San Jose, Biennial Cuvée in Austria, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, and Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai. He has had solo exhibitions at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Beall Center for Art and Technology, and Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei. Huang’s awards include an Artist Research Fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution, 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.