Photo Credit: NIU Chun-Chiang


HUANG Lan-Ya Preparing for the exhibition
HUANG Lan-Ya's Art Work
HUANG Lan-Ya's Art Work Detail


Location USA / Los Angeles
Residency 18th Street Arts Center
Year of the Grant 2003
HUANG Lan-Ya, MFA, Graduate Institute of Fine Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts, 2002. During the year of 2008-2013, she is the chairperson of "One Year Gallery". Her residency includes: ISCP, New York (2007), Art Site of Chia-Yi Railway Warehouse (2007), Point B Project, New York (2006), Maejima Art Center, Okinawa (2005), Headlands Center of the Arts, San Francisco (2005), AIR Antwerpen, Belgium (2005), Kyoung AIR Program, Korea (2004) and 18th Street Arts Center, LA (2003).

Artist Statement:

“The condition of ‘adrift’ implies a sense of ‘chance’ and ‘rootless-ness.’ On the contrary, the condition of ‘grounded-ness’ implies a sense of ‘stability’ and ‘fortification.’ The spatial energy generated by this pair of relationship exists in the physical space of ‘reality’ as well as in the abstract space of ‘anti-reality.’ This type of relationship is reflected unto how humanity exists in our dimension; since how we react to nature, the environment, and life determines how we relate to each other. The relationship formula thus becomes interactive and symbiotic.

My residency experience inspired me to think about real-world relationships. I came up with the following key points for creating my objects: 1) I decided to use ‘hot glue gun,’ an artificial and industrial material. 2) ‘Fractal’ shapes, complex and irregular shapes of nature as the main forms of my objects. 3) Through ‘spatial installation,’ I integrated my objects with their surrounding space in an attempt to represent the spatial energy generated from the connection between ‘reality’ and ‘anti-reality.’ I wanted my work to blend with the environment, whether indoors or outdoors, to create a site of contrast as well as visual harmony.

To me, a residency program not only affects one’s art practices, but also helps to shape an artist with clear and unique styles. Impacts from foreign residency experiences allowed an artist to view his or her artistic development more profoundly and independently, while also pushing the artist to face his or her works in a purer and simpler form. In addition, being able to interact with artists from different countries and cultural backgrounds was one of the most precious experiences during this residency.