TINGLAN HUANG: Soft Box

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Opening Reception: Mar 16th, 2022, 3 pm - 7 pm

Location: 64A Bayard Street, New York NY 10013

Hours: Tue. - Sat. 11 am- 5 pm, Sun. 12 am - 5 pm, by appointment only. 

Artists: Tinglan Huang

 

This month, LATITUDE Gallery warmly welcomes you to Tinglan Huang’s first solo show in New York: Soft Box.

This exhibition includes Huang’s textiles, installations, and other mixed-media sculptures from the past two years. The exhibition will run until March 31, and the eponymous Artsy online showroom will be on view until mid-April.

Born in a rural village near Liuyang, Hunan, Huang inherits the profound craft tradition from her family, which taught her to cherishes woman as the domestic caregiver, the hidden laborer, and the unseen genius. “Soft” represents sensuality and tenderness, while “Box” points to the rigid and angular indoor architectural space: an enclosed room. Soft Box, a coupling of contradictory qualities, uncovers and celebrates the duality of womanhood as both resilient and soft, especially in domestic spaces. The same dualism reflects on the tension between the often violent making process (penetrating process in tapestry) and the themes of the works (the right trigrams signifying inner peace) as well. 

 

Huang phrases her way of making art as “doodling”. With her art parctice, she explores the subconscious patterns in hoping to unlock the hidden secrets of her minds. Instinctual and labor-intensive, Huang’s works adopt a wide range of different techniques such as sewing, weaving and tapestry. Though Huang self-taught all these skills, she often finds herself circling back to the woven household products that she grew up seeing from her childhood. Obsessed with the weaving craft, Huang is led by this reoccurring aesthetic to search for intimacy and grounded-ness by digging into her consciousness with a familiar yet foreign material: round reed. In the multi-media works, Huang also utilizes various skin-like materials such as wax and paper. She describes the feeling of wax as “meat-like”, which echoes with the sensual qualities in her works. 

 

Huang names all her works by her past physical addresses. Each of her works represents a domestic place she lived in. Drawing parallel between the gallery space and her own living spaces, all the works acts together as one corporeal being that points to Huang’s nomadic room which - at these days - continues to move, change and respawn. Huang believes her identity as an artists are deeply entangled with her itinerant experience. While other pieces serve as fossils of past memories, the fridge piece - the core of Huang’s curatorial experiment - serves as an active portal to Huang’s current bedroom and is constantly dynamic in time instead of space.

 

This show will last till the end of this month and we welcome you to this deeply intimate and wildly experimental show. Celebrating the month of international woman’s day, we invite you to a journey of radical softness and sensual enjoyment. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tinglan Huang (b.1993 She/Her)  is a mixed-media sculptor and textile artist who was born and raised in the south of China and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA from the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art; and her BFA in animation at LuXun Academy of Fine Arts, China. Now, she is an artist in residence in the Textile Arts Center.

 

She focuses on considering the personality’s transformation invoked by social contradictions and changes in self-being. Also, she experiments with an archetype, which can reveal an individual's sub-consciousnesses. Using lines with various materials, like steel stick, wire, hemp rope and yarn, she creates the different structure of her being, from a spot to a line, then to a surface, finally a complex form. Her previous work was large scale and expressed by intensive layout. Her recent work is becoming small-scale. And the topic is more intimate. They are all related to the relationship between her and her room which she lived in and is living in now. She is seeking a sense of groundedness from her rooms. On the other hand, she is afraid to be trapped and limited by these rooms at the same time.