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Duy Hoàng

Pictured above: Duy Hoàng, Interarboreal, 2019, mixed media, natural materials,  paracords, silkscreen, Tyvek. Courtesy of the artist.

2019 New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellow

Sunroom Project Space | September 15–October 27

In the Sun Porch, Duy Hoàng creates a sculptural installation inspired by his research, material experimentation, and cultural upbringing. Hoàng uses paracords to suspend in the space a shelter made of a silkscreen print and drawing on Tyvek depicting imagery  of fauna and flora sourced from his 2019 Winter Workspace residency and relics of his childhood home. Investigating how we observe minute details around us, he bridges connections to the larger environment and our responsibility in the world. Hoàng  focuses on an inter-social ecosystem where humans and nature coexist. His installation explores topics of migration, scientific and natural histories, the potential of growth  and inevitability of decay through themes of home, preservation, memory and survival.

The title Interarboreal suggests the state of being between or among the trees, a concept Hoàng incorporates in his project. The floating A-frame tarp references a tent or nomadic home—a survival shelter. Its silkscreen exterior is laced with patterns made by the water-damaged wallpaper on the ceiling of his childhood home in Vietnam. Inside the shelter are Hoàng’s drawings of plant materials, including some found at Wave Hill and others from his grandmother’s garden, which have migrated with him over the years. Hoàng explains, “The garden’s health is in direct correlation to its caretakers, where they grow and decay with each other.”

As a Vietnamese immigrant, Hoàng seeks settlement and a prolonging of living moments. Through his time-based work which incorporates the decaying process, Hoàng reflects on notions of life and death, making connections to the life cycles of people and plants. The artist’s late father and grandfather received heavy concentrations of sunlight as a health treatment in a solarium—fulfilling a need not unlike that of plants’ need for light. Viewing his project as a coping mechanism, Hoàng’s process is therapeutic, exposing a private and vulnerable space.

Winter Workspace 2019
Glyndor Gallery | February 19–March 31

Duy Hoàng’s complex and often interactive sculptural practice engages with migrating/edible gardens as well as finding inspiration in material experimentation and site-specific projects. He engaged with Wave Hill’s grounds and horticulture specialists during his residency. While here, he worked with invasive species and explore subjects of migration, scientific and natural history, and the potential of growth and inevitability of decay of plants and their human caretakers. 

Hoàng holds a BFA from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and an MFA from Columbia University. He has exhibited work at The Distillery Gallery, Boston, MA; Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit, MA; Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia; FiveMyles, Brooklyn, NY; LeRoy Neiman Gallery and International Print Center, New York, NY; Project Space 2025, Hamburg, Germany; Tate Britain, London, England; and Lorber Family Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel, among other venues. 

"Septal Nectary", Date: 2017, plants, water, food coloring, container, tools, 58” x 48” x 127”.

Pictured: The artist's Winter Workspace studio. Image courtesy of the artist. 

SUN, SEPT 15, 2-4:30PM
Fall Exhibitions Reception
Meet the Artist
SAT & SUN, OCT 12 & 13, 10AM-1PM
Family Art Project: Compost Herbaria

Learn more about the artist here.

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.