Reusable Universes: Shih Chieh Huang

Date: June 24, 2017 - November 11, 2017
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Presented By: Worcester Art Museum

"Reusable Universes: Shih Chieh Huang" features the work of Shih Chieh Huang, who combines his longstanding fascination with technology and the materials of modern life to transform mundane manufactured objects into novel and remarkably complex sculptural forms. Huang elevates circuit building, transistor rewiring, and other hardware operations into art. At the Worcester Art Museum, Huang plans to create his most ambitious immersive environment to date—a kinetic sculptural installation consisting of more than 100 various-sized elements. In addition to the exhibition, the artist will create onsite his "Organic Concept," an infinitely scalable sculpture made from rolls of painter's plastic and box fans. The creation will be a public performance in the Museum lobby on July 20, 2017. Afterwards, "Organic Concept" will be temporarily installed in the Renaissance Court. "Reusable Universes" resonates with the spirit of innovation and curiosity that continues to ground Worcester today. Huang's art also will provoke the viewer to consider society's rapidly changing relationship with technology. By constructing grand works of "low-tech" art made from high-tech parts that are intentionally built to look unfinished, Huang endeavors to recapture the curiosity and wonder of early technology that will inspire visitors to likewise experiment and build anew. Early support for "Reusable Universes: Shih Chieh Huang" has been provided by Taipei Cultural Center in New York, and UniBank. Image: Shih Chieh Huang, "Seductive Evolution of Animated Illumination," 2013, Venice, Italy, collaboration with glass masters from Murano, modification of Renaissance style glass chandelier with mixed household electronics, Courtesy of the Artist

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