SVA alumnus Shih Chieh Huang (MFA 2001 Fine Arts) has gone to great depths for his current solo exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. “The Bright Beneath: The Luminous Art of Shih Chieh Huang” (on display until January 8, 2012) explores the way in which some deep-ocean creatures have adapted to their extreme—and extremely dark—living conditions by developing bioluminescence.
Using computer parts, lights, and plastic tube appendages, Huang’s pieces create the illusion that they are floating in the gallery space, in the same way that the sea creatures they are modeled after drift above the ocean floor. The exhibit is also meant to invoke in the viewer the same sense of awe and wonder that Huang experienced when examining the organisms under a microscope.
For more info about “The Bright Beneath: The Luminous Art of Shih Chieh Huang” and to view more photos, visit the Smithsonian.
Photo courtesy of the artist.