The Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles partners with the USC Pacific Asia Museum (USC PAM) to hold the special exhibition "Divine Immersion: The Experiential Art of Nick Dong," featuring six artworks by Taiwanese artist Nick Dong (董承濂), at USC Pacific Asia Museum (USC PAM) in America from July 8 to Oct. 3.
The six experiential works include titles "Spacetime," "Divine Moments," "Heaven," "Mendsmith Project," "Im-mersion," "Becoming Horizon." This exhibition has been selected by USC PAM as the most healing contemporary art dialogue in the post-epidemic era.
Dong's creation touches on a variety of themes, spanning from art, spirituality, science and group healing. He infuses the practice of meditation in Buddhism into his designs, combining the process of introspective with the art forms of his works, and leads the viewers through a healing journey. By integrating mechanical installations and interactive elements, Dong’s immersive installations helps the viewers to regain the energy of life and gather courage to face the future.
The sculpture series titled "Divine Moments" explores the concept of gravity and the gap between perception and reality. "Heaven," leads the visitors to a heavenly-like realm which encourages them to focus on their state of being as well as state of heart.
The "Mendsmith Project" is a live-crafting social service project, which enables participants to heal through "mending" jewelry pieces or other small objects of personal significance. The kinetic sculpture "Im-mersion" tunes the attention of the visitor to listening. In "Becoming Horizon," visitors can be immersed in a space of kinetic sculpture, dancing lights and music.
During the exhibition period, a series of promotional activities will be launched, such as artist lectures, experiential workshops, meditation, music performances, etc.
Nick Dong graduated with a BFA in Mixed Medias and Paintings from Tung-Hai University and further acquired an MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry at the University of Oregon. He is a conceptual metalsmith, mixed-media sculptor, and socio-commodity engineer. From a multidisciplinary maker/craftsman practice he founded studioDONG and leads a team to produce experiential sculptures, objects, and installations that combine an advanced knowledge of materials and techniques to engage an audience’s experience beyond the optical.