A public garden & cultural center

Seldon Yuan

Winter Workspace 2016

Pictured above: We are all present at sunset, 2012
Live plant, dimensions variable. The live plant has a poem cut into its leaves
Image courtesy of the artist


Focusing on personal poetics from multiple perspectives and through various mediums, Seldon Yuan’s work extends across a spectrum that plays on optical effects, absurdity, surrealism, language, familiar objects and spaces that are often in service of a personal narrative. Yuan’s work typically creates a filter between the viewer and a common object, environment or scene, thereby inventing a lens to see and reinterpret the everyday metaphorically. His hybrid works place poems and words into visual contexts that play with the transitions between image/object and the nuances of language. The form of each work is constructed so the text and the visual aspects each expand the other conceptually without becoming an illustration, while also activating the act of reading through movement and memorization. At Wave Hill, Yuan will continue to integrate his poetry with installation, while further exploring in-camera techniques focusing on plants and landscapes.

He has participated in national and international exhibitions in venues such as Center for Book Arts, New York, NY; Ernest Newman Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY; Art in Odd Places, New York, NY; Le Leé, Metz, France; JUE Music + Art Festival, Aroundspace, Shanghai, China; No Longer Empty, New York, NY; Gallerie 69, Oslo, Norway. He also participated in the Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) Program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and exhibited in Bronx Calling: The Second AIM Biennial. Residencies include an Emerging Artist Fellowship at Socrates Sculpture Park, and an Artist Residency and grant from the Center for Book Arts. Yuan received a BA from Carnegie Mellon and an MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York. He also attended the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France.

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.