Taiwanese artist Huang Hsin-chien (黃心健) wrestles with his simultaneous roles as father and son in a solo exhibition at Cornell University from Sept. 11 through Dec. 20.
Huang, a new media artist with an academic degree in mechanical engineering, integrates digital technology and traditional art forms to create works of impressive depth in "The Inheritance.”
In reflection of his personal inheritance, Huang chose four items left behind by his father - a worn pair of shoes, dentures in a water glass, a camera, and a watch - to replicate from memory. These objects are then paired with recorded footage that disperse scenes and locations from Huang's childhood.
Visitors are invited to put on 3D glasses and observe the organic evolution of the four otherwise-mundane objects. The exhibition space itself has been structured to resemble an interrogation cell, and the one-way mirror affords the viewer the privacy and freedom to explore memories, dreams, and unconscious thoughts.
As both the successor to his father and the benefactor of his son, Huang hopes to remind exhibition-goers that our possessions, words, or even thoughts can be inherited in one way or form.
‘Huang Hsin-chien: The Inheritance'