76 Grand Street
A collaboration between Julia Chiang and Ryan McGinness opened on June 29, 2002 at Deitch Projects 76 Grand Street. They created a fantastical and absurd dream garden of life and love where all and nothing existed. In this world of paradox, life gave birth to superficiality while superficiality bred itself. The space was a hybrid of flatness and dimension where everything was a product of itself.
Dream Garden was a lush environment that was ripe and intoxicating. The imagery combined everyday graphic signs with personalized iconography in order to form a new vocabulary. A non-linear, non-narrative story was created where every element was tied to every other element in a self-supporting organic web. The compositions were formed from a mixture of past memories and childhood experiences and brought into a new tale of ideals and fantasies about life and love.
Alice found her Wonderland and Cinderella met her Prince. In Dream Garden, one cultivated love, saw a bird sing a love song, watched rainbows form, and experienced the cycle of life as bees pollinate flowers. The garden was a lucid dream environment that followed a tradition of storytelling where the beginning led to an end, only Chiang and McGinness's end was just another beginning where possibilities took multiple forms.
Julia Chiang recently returned from a sculpture fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center. In 2001, she was an invited artist at HAP clay studios in Beijing. Last fall, she was included in the group exhibition To Market to Market at the Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Julia Chiang currently lives and works in New York City.
Ryan McGinness received critical acclaim in 1999 for his first book, flatnessisgod. Since then, three additional books of his work have been published: luxurygood (alife, NYC), vocabularytest (Joseph Silvestro Gallery, NYC), and pieceofmind (Colette, Paris). McGinness's new book, flatnessisgodREDUX was be published this fall by Kill Your Idols and Gingko Press. Also published this fall was a catalog of his work by Gasbook in Japan. McGinness has exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia and currently lives and works in NYC.
Visitors were encouraged to contribute to the garden: "Come and plant the enclosed seed sticker and add to the growth and development of the installation."
There was a live band (One Ring Zero) at the opening reception on June 29, 2002 from 6-9pm.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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