Shih Chieh Huang creates art from unlikely sources: garbage bags, bioluminescent fish, Christmas light faders. His motorized sculptures—delicate tentacles made out of plastic bags that light up as they inflate and deflate—take on a life of their own. They float like giant sea creatures from an age that is at once prehistoric and futuristic.
“One recurring concept in my work is animating these inanimate objects, bringing life to every day materials,” the Taiwan-born, New York-based artist told artnet News.
For his latest exhibition, “Reusable Universes: Shih Chieh Huang,” on view at the Worcester Art Museum through November 12, Huang created a kinetic sculptural installation of more than 100 elements—his largest to date. It is nothing less than otherworldly.
I first encountered Huang’s work at the 2016 Armory Show, where crowds gathered around his glowing Disphotic Zone, which resembled a giant robotic jellyfish. Later that year, at Bushwick Open Studios, I wandered into his massive, heavily foot-trafficked space at 17-17 Troutman, which felt like some kind of strange biology lab. read more