David Huang

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David Huang

At the end of an era of conceptual art that treats objects merely as symbols, David Huang's primary concern is to create works that do not just allude to other ideas or simply create illusions. He designs structures that change the surface of our planet, using its materials to create beautiful objects that capture the spirit of the times in which we live. Each vessel is an exploration of the physical and sensuous material world. Above all else, the resulting pieces must exist as physical objects with all their material wisdom. Hammering and molding, Huang is all the time sensitive to the nature of the materials he uses. They maintain their specific identity, lending their original properties and innate knowledge to his ideas. Huang's work is a demonstration of the beauty and brilliance that can result from a sensitive collaboration between the human and material worlds.

"The human world is mostly in the mind, an abstract intellectualism that frequently becomes self-referential, losing sight of the spirit in the material universe... it seems that our time of incarnation within a body equipped to perceive the sensuous should not be focused entirely on the abstract."

This being said, however, Huang still admits to some degree of symbolism in his work. Each vessel simultaneously acts as a representation and an exploration of the tactile nature of materials, his small vessels abstractly depicting individuals. "The common lack of a distinct base isolates them from the environment in which they exist so they may be perceived as discrete entities... the protective, inward turning of the lip is symbolic of my own reserved, closed-off nature. The luminous interiors of the vessels represent my idealisms of the inner soul." Achieved through the delicate application of gold and platinum leafing, the radiant vessel interiors reflect a refreshing optimism and innocence seldom found in today's day and age. Whether an exploration of the inner-workings of materials or the inner-workings of the human spirit Huang rejects conventional cultural paradigms, revealing a brilliant reverence for the essence of all citizens of the earth—human and otherwise.


David Huang • Statement

Treasure!  This is something I’ve been thinking about recently.  I hear people referring to my vessels as “treasures” and realize it is what I’ve been creating.  Is this some subtle influence from all those sci-fi/fantasy novels I read as a kid, and to be honest, still read from time to time?  I couldn’t grow up to be some heroic person out questing, slaying monsters, and discovering fabulous treasures.  Is this how I make do? 

Perhaps, I really don’t know.  I do greatly enjoy questing, only I call it camping, exploring new landscapes with all their wild, complex beauty.  In the absence of discovering those great hordes of treasure I guess I just had to make it myself.  Slaying monsters?  Well, who really wants to do that?  I suppose a fantasy novel would lack pizzazz without the monsters, but personally I’d prefer going straight from questing to the treasure.

But what is it that I treasure?  Clearly metal is one thing.  It’s such a fascinating substance.  I love the way it moves under a hammer, the colors it is or will become, the way its lustrous shine dances with light. The copper, silver, and gold I use the most all occur in the natural state.  I like the romance of thinking I could be out exploring some forest, find some nuggets of metal, perhaps along the edge of a stream, and be able to work this into new forms.

Treasure is generally considered only for it’s material nature, but I think there are other causes for allure.  Beauty is one of them.  I seek to create in my pieces not just beauty, but timeless beauty, like that of a natural landscape.  I think of beauty as a connection, two or more things finding commonalities or understanding of the other.  The longer the sensing of beauty endures and more universal in its appeal, the deeper the connection is to ourselves.

I also treasure the soul of a thing, spiritual matters.  This facilitates the living of our material existence and spans beyond, perhaps even to timelessness.  I find it intriguing that before gold was seen as money, it was the material of the gods.  Why does it have this long association with spirituality?  I don’t know but the radiance it possesses on the interior of a vessel expresses this treasure of existence well.

For the abbreviated statement I probably should have written, this is work about things I treasure; the natural, sensual world, skilled labor, timeless beauty, and the inner spirit made visible.


David Huang • Biography

EDUCATION

1991 - 2001
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude: Metalsmithing Emphasis, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan

1998
Ox-Bow Summer Program, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Saugatuck, Michigan

1989-1991
Bachelor of Fine Arts Program, The Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016
LaFontsee Galleries, "sELECTED Works", Grand Rapids, Michigan

Women's City Club, "ArtPrize Eight", Grand Rapids, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "Toast", Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "Slightly Obsessive", Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "Everyone in the Pool", Douglas, Michigan

North America Mokume Gane Exhibit in Japan 2016, group traveling show curated by Hiroko Yamada, Tsubame and Tokyo, Japan

William Zimmer Gallery, "Palm Spring Fine Art Fair", Mendocino, California

LaFontsee Galleries, "Collective Alchemy", Grand Rapids, Michigan

2015
"We Are SNAG: Contemporary Smithes, Society of North American Goldsmiths", www.snagmetalsmith.org

LaFontsee Galleries, "Let's Get Started", Grand Rapids, Michigan

Metal Museum Store of the National Ornamental Metal Museum, "Hollowware", Memphis, Tennessee

LaFontsee Galleries, "Slightly Obsessive", Douglas, Michigan

Muskegon Museum of Art, 87th Regional Exhibition, Muskegon, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Lookie Here”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2014
SI Gallery, "Shape of Thoughts", Kobe, Japan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Hop Skip & a Jump”, Douglas, Michigan

Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, “Luminous:  The Metal Vessels of David Huang”, Solo Show, Midland, Michigan

William Zimmer Gallery, Art Palm Beach 2014, Mendocino, California

2013   
LaFontsee Galleries, "Annual Fall Celebration", Grand Rapids, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Slightly Obsessive”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids Art Museum, “GRAM Selects ArtPrize 2013:  Encore”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

William Zimmer Gallery, SOFA Chicago 2013, Mendocino, California

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, University Art Gallery, “Biomorph”, La Crosse, Wisconsin

Traveling group exhibition, “East and West:  The Hammered Metal Object”

Muskegon Museum of Art, 85th Regional Exhibition, Muskegon, Michigan

William Zimmer Gallery, Art Palm Beach 2013, Mendocino, California

2012   
LaFontsee Galleries, “25 Year Gala”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “LG-Group”, Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Color Context”, Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Power of Pattern”, Douglas, Michigan

Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts, Festival 2012 Regional Arts Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

William Zimmer Gallery, SOFA Chicago 2012, Mendocino, California

The B.O.B, ArtPrize 2012, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Mesa Arts Center, “Cu/29:  Contemporary Work in Copper”, Mesa, Arizona

2011    
LaFontsee Galleries, “Come Out and Play”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

del Mano Gallery, SOFA Chicago 2011, Los Angeles, California

The Grand Rapids Art Museum, ArtPrize 2011, Grand Rapids, Michigan; finished in the Top 25 of Center City

Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts, Festival 2011 Regional Arts Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Muskegon Museum of Art, 83rd Regional Exhibition, Muskegon, Michigan; awarded Honorable Mention

Oklahoma State University, Gardiner Art Gallery, “David Huang:  Metalsmith”, Solo Exhibition, Stillwater, Oklahoma

2010
del Mano Gallery, SOFA Chicago 2010, Los Angeles, California

The Grand Rapids Public Museum, ArtPrize 2010, Grand Rapids, Michigan; finished in the Top 25

del Mano Gallery, SOFA Santa Fe 2010, Los Angeles, California

Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts, Festival 2010 Regional Arts Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Muskegon Museum of Art, 82nd Regional Exhibition, Muskegon, Michigan

Velvet da Vinci Gallery, “Chased & Repousse”, San Francisco, California

del Mano Gallery, “Selected Works”, Los Angeles, California

2009
Klemm Gallery, “Inner Light:  Metalsmithing of David Huang”, Solo Show, Siena Heights University, Adrian, Michigan

JRB Art at the Elms, “Functional and Sculptural Teapots”, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

del Mano Gallery, SOFA Chicago 2009, Los Angeles, California

LaFontsee Galleries, ArtPrize 2009, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Muskegon Museum of Art, 81st Regional Exhibition, Muskegon, Michigan

Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts, Festival 2009 Regional Arts Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan;  LRC Committee Award

Museum of Art at Seoul National University, “Talking Hands – Spectrum of Contemporary Metal Works”, Seoul, Korea

Muckenthaler Cultural Center, “Progress and Ideals:  Contemporary Arts and Crafts”, Fullerton, California

2008

LaFontsee Galleries, “Small Works by Enormously Talented Artists”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

del Mano Gallery, SOFA Chicago 2008, Los Angeles, California


Muskegon Museum of Art, 80th Regional Exhibition, Muskegon, Michigan


Appalachian Center for the Craft, Summer Workshop Faculty 2008 Exhibition,
Smithville, Tennessee

JRB Art at the Elms, “Contemporary Crafts”, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


YAW Gallery, SOFA New York 2008, “Not Just Any Bowl”, Birmingham, Michigan


del Mano Gallery, SOFA New York 2008, Los Angeles, California


Savannah College of Art and Design, “Overflow”, group exhibition of hollowware,
Savannah, Georgia del Mano Gallery, “Selected Works”, Los Angeles, California

LaFontsee Galleries, “Luminosity: Carolyn Fehsenfeld and David Huang,” Grand Rapids, Michigan

2007
del Mano Gallery, “Hot Tea!,” Los Angeles, California

del Mano Gallery, SOFA Chicago 2007, Los Angeles, California

Grand Rapids Community College Art Gallery , "GRCC Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition ," Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids Art Museum, "Festival 2007 Regional Arts Competition," Grand Rapids, Michigan; received the Juror Community Hands Award

University of Michigan Hospital, Taubman North 3D Gallery, Solo Show, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Muskegon Museum of Art, "79th Regional Exhibition," Muskegon, Michigan; received honorable mention award

National Ornamental Metal Museum, "10 x 10 Broachless," Memphis, Tennessee

2006
Muskegon Museum of Art, "Shaped in Metal," Muskegon, Michigan

Grand Rapids Community College Art Gallery, GRCC Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Vale Craft Gallery, Solo show in conjunction with Society of North American Goldsmiths annual conference, Chicago, Illinois

Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, “Vessels of Imagination ,” Grand Rapids, Michigan

Muskegon Museum of Art, "78th Muskegon Museum of Art Regional," Muskegon, Michigan

Grand Rapids Art Museum, Festival 2006 Regional Arts Competition, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Received Salhaney Family Award for Innovative Use of Old Media

del Mano Gallery, "Hot Tea! 2006," Los Angeles, California

Celebration for the Arts 2006, First United Methodist Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2005
LaFontsee Galleries, “TWO,” Grand Rapids, Michigan

Hinsdale Center for the Arts, “Adornments,” Hinsdale, Illinois

Grand Rapids Community College Art Gallery, GRCC Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Creative Metalsmiths, “Married Metals,” Chapel Hill, North Carolina

del Mano Gallery, SOFA Chicago 2005, Chicago, Illinois

Muskegon Museum of Art, 77th Muskegon Museum of Art Regional, Muskegon, Michigan; received Honorable Mention for ‘Luminous Relic #413’

Grand Rapids Art Museum, Festival 2005 Regional Arts Competition, Grand Rapids, Michigan; received Salhaney Family Award for Innovative Use of Old Media for ‘Whorled Flow #394’

del Mano Gallery, “Hot Tea! 2005,” Los Angeles, California

Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, “Masterful Metalsmiths,” Lancaster, Ohio

Franciscan Life Process Center, “Let’s Celebrate Drawing,” Lowell, Michigan

2004
University of Michigan Hospital, Main Lobby 3-D Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Holland Area Arts Council, "Vessels," Holland, Michigan

Grand Rapids Community College Gallery, GRCC Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Mobilia Gallery, "The Teapot Redefined IV," SOFA Chicago 2004, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Yaw Gallery, "Pill Box Exhibition," SOFA Chicago 2004, Birmingham, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "Tactile Surfaces," Grand Rapids, Michigan

Yaw Gallery, "Metal Baskets," SOFA New York 2004, Birmingham, Michigan

Grand Rapids Art Museum, Festival 2004 Regional Arts Competition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

del Mano Gallery, "Hot Tea! 2004," Los Angeles, California

The Columbus Cultural Arts Center, "The Arsenal Metals & Enamels Exhibition 2004," Columbus, Ohio

Dennos Museum Center, "Stop It!" Traverse City, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "Polished," Three-Person Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2003
LaFontsee Galleries, "Holiday Muse," Group Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Creative Metalsmiths, "Current Metalsmithing of David Huang," Solo Exhibition, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Franciscan Life Process Center, "Figures and Trees," Solo Exhibition of Drawings, Lowell, Michigan

Vale Craft Gallery, "Midwestern Craft," Chicago, Illinois

Yaw Gallery, "Stop It! Bottle stoppers as original, usable art." SOFA Chicago 2003, Birmingham, Michigan

Mobilia Gallery, "Teapot Redefined," SOFA Chicago 2003, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Yaw Gallery, "Metalsmiths in America No. 3 SOFA New York," Birmingham, Michigan

Muskegon Museum of Art, 75th Muskegon Museum of Art Regional, Muskegon, Michigan

Grand Rapids Art Museum, Festival 2003 Regional Arts Competition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Ann Arbor Art Center, "Jewelry and Objects 2003," Ann Arbor, Michigan

Stephen F. Austin State University, Griffith Gallery, "Refined III," Nacogdoches, Texas

2002
LaFontsee Galleries, "Personal Possessions," Three-Person Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "15th Anniversary Celebration," Grand Rapids, Michigan

Fine Art on the Grand Festival, Live Demonstration, Canal Street Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Yaw Gallery, "Metalsmiths in America No. 2 SOFA Chicago," Birmingham, Michigan

Slocumb Galleries, "Amalgamate," East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee

Prairie State College, Christopher Art Gallery, "Let There Be Light," Chicago Heights, Illinois

Yaw Gallery, "Metalsmiths in America No. 1 SOFA New York," Birmingham, Michigan

Muskegon Museum of Art, 74th Muskegon Museum of Art Regional, Muskegon, Michigan

Grand Rapids Art Museum, Festival 2002 Regional Arts Competition, Grand Rapids, Michigan; "Philodendron Vessel" granted the Vinecroft Studios Award

Period Gallery, "Beautiful II," Omaha, Nebraska

2001
Adler Gallery, "La Petite IX," Coburg, Oregon

Worchester Center for the Crafts, "Gone Bowling," Worchester, Massachusetts; "Simplicity in Form #13" awarded Second Place

Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at The Depot, "Fine Craft 2001," Steamboat Springs, Colorado; "Luminosity #42" awarded Honorable Mention and image used for postcard promoting show

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, "Collegiate Exhibition: Students + Mentors," Grand Rapids, Michigan

Muskegon Museum of Art, 73rd Muskegon Museum of Art Regional, Muskegon, Michigan

Grand Rapids Art Museum, Festival 2001 Regional Arts Competition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Valley State University Art Gallery, Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition, Allendale, Michigan

Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), Juried National Student Slideshow, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

2000
Alder Gallery, "La Petite VIII," Coburg, Oregon

Grand Rapids Art Museum, Festival 2000 Regional Arts Competition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Valley State University, Performing Arts Center, Student Metal Exhibition, Allendale, Michigan

1997
Central Michigan University Art Gallery, Second Annual All Michigan Student Artist Competition, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

1996
Grand Valley State University, Calder Art Center, Solo Exhibition, Allendale, Michigan

1995
Grand Valley State University, Calder Gallery, Juried Student Art Show, Allendale, Michigan

1990
Savannah College of Art and Design, "Clothesline Art Show," Madison Square, Savannah, Georgia; awarded Second Place

HONORS AND AWARDS

2007
Muskegon Museum of Art, 79th Regional Exhibition, Muskegon, Michigan; received an honorable mention

Grand Rapids Art Museum, Festival 2007 Regional Arts Competition, Grand Rapids, Michigan; received the Juror Community Hands Award

2006
Grand Rapids Art Museum, Festival 2006 Regional Arts Competition, Grand Rapids, Michigan; received Salhaney Family Award for Innovative Use of Old Media

2005
Honorable Mention awarded to 'Luminous Relic #413', Muskegon Museum of Art, 77th Muskegon Museum of Art Regional, Muskegon, Michigan

Salhaney Family Award for Innovative Use of Old Media awarded to 'Whorled Flow #394', Grand Rapids Art Museum, Festival 2005 Regional Arts Competition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2002
Vinecroft Studios Award granted to "Philodendron Vessel," Festival 2002 Regional Arts Competition, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2001
Second Place awarded to "Simplicity in Form #13," "Gone Bowling," Worchester Center for the Crafts, Worchester, Massachusetts

Honorable Mention awarded to "Luminosity #42" and image used for postcard promoting show, "Fine Craft 2001," Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at The Depot, Steamboat Springs, Colorado

2000
Upper-class Honors Scholarship, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan

1998
Departmental Scholarship, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan Scholarship to attend Ox-Bow Summer Program, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Saugatuck, Michigan

1990
Outstanding Freshman Award, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia

Second Place, "Clothesline Art Show," Madison Square, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia

1989
Mary Rene Nellings Whelan Scholarship, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia

COMMISSIONS, COLLECTIONS AND PROJECTS

2007
Work in the permanent collection of the Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan

2006
Work in The Kamm Teapot Collection, Kamm Teapot Foundation, Sparta, North Carolina

2005
Wrote 2 articles on financial management for full-time artists, published in June and July issues of Art Calendar Magazine

2001
Work in the collection of Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan

2000
Planters for a new facility, Herman Miller, Holland, Michigan

Sculpture replica, Advance Packaging Corporation, Grand Rapids, Michigan

1999
Restoration of work by Joseph Kinnabrew, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan

1995
Fountain ornamentation (done in collaboration with Elona VanGent), Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan

1994
Restoration of "Six Lines" by George Rickey, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan

1989-present
Numerous private commissions and collections

ASSOCIATIONS

1996-present
Grand Valley Artists Association

2000-present
Society of North American Goldsmiths

2001-present
American Craft Council

GALLERY REPRESENTATIONS

Creative Metalsmiths, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids & Douglas, Michigan

Vale Craft Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

R. Grey Gallery, Boise, Idaho

Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, California

William Zimmer Gallery, Mendocino, California

PUBLICATIONS

“Patina:  300+ Coloration Effects for Jewelers & Metalsmiths”, by Matthew Runfola, Quarto Publishing/Interweave Press

“Creative Metal Forming”, by Betty Helen Longhi and Cynthia Eid, Brynmorgen Press

“From the Golden Hands of David Huang”, ArtManager 7 Magazine

“Such Capable Hands”, by Pat Robinson Schmidt, Orange Hat Publishing

Inclusion in the “Look” section curated by Marilyn Da Silva, Metalsmith Magazine

“Heart of Gold”, by Christy DeSmith, American Craft magazine

“Signature Techniques”, by Annie Osborn, Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist

“Chasing and Repousse:  Methods Ancient and Modern”, by Nancy Megan Corwin, Brynmorgen Press

“Lit From Within”, by Addie Kidd, Art Jewelry, January

“Saturated:  Color and Metal”, Juried Exhibition in Print, juried by Jamie Bennet and Marilyn Da Silva, Metalsmith Magazine

“The Virtual Gallery of Contemporary Fine Metalwork”, by Kenneth Quickenden, School of Theoretical and Historical Studies, Birmingham Institute of

Art and Design, www.biad.uce.ac.uk/research/vgcfm

“Inquire Within:  The Holloware of David Huang”, by Anne L. Larsen, Metalsmith Magazine

"25 Year Book", LaFontsee Galleries

“500 Meatal Vessels: Contemporary Explorations of Containment” juries by Fred Fenster

“Precious Metal Alloys Part II: Extreme Colors – An Overview” by Christine Patrich, GZ Art + Design, August 3/2007

“David Huang: Vessels of Imagination” by Phil Carrizzi, Metalsmith Magazine, 2007 volume 27 number 3

“Teapots: Makers & Collectors” by Dona Z. Meilach, Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

“Japanese Patinas” by Eitoku Sugimori, Brynmorgen Press

“Portfolio”, American Craft Magazine, April/May 2005

“Craft Insight: Metal and Ironwork”, The Crafts Report, January 2004

“Crafts Insight: Metal”, The Crafts Report, May 2003

“Transforming Metal like Clay” by Pamela Patton, Grand Rapids Cosmopolitan Home, May/June 2003

“Transforming Metal like Clay” by Pamela Patton, Grand Rapids Cosmopolitan Home, January 2003