DUY HOANG (US, 1989)
Residency period: April-June 2019
Hêtre Gare is a multimedia installation that addresses how we pay attention to minute details in our immediate surroundings, how we connect those minutiae to the larger environment we are inherently a part of, and how we position ourselves within that spectrum.
As a Vietnamese immigrant who entered the U.S. in his teenage years, Hoàng was affected by this transitional juncture which triggered in him the necessity for intensive observation and awareness. In order to make sense of the much larger foreign environment, Hoàng began dissecting every nuanced moment and accumulating them in a network of observational processes, driving his impulse for questioning and exploring. His work depicts the notion of confronting an unfamiliar site through the procedure of examination and need for adaptation, and consequently recognising our profoundly complex connections in everything.
The idea of “home” and its ephemeral quality resonate deeply within Hoàng’s practice, which results in the installation resembling that of a nesting process. His works often incorporate site-specific materials and observational processes, intertwined with a personal narrative to construct an ecosystem in itself.
Currently living in New York City, Duy Hoàng is a graduate in Fine Arts from UMass Lowell and Columbia University. He accumulates found natural materials and objects, technology processes, drawings, videos, prints and photos to form site-specific installations, making connections to his immediate surroundings and the greater environment. He has exhibited at Project Space 2025 in Hamburg, the Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina in Serbia, Lasalle College in Singapore and the Mildred Complex(ity) in New York for a collaboration with J. Morgan Puett and Mark Dion.