Sunday, May 28, 2023

Champagne and Oysters Opening Reception for "Chorus"


Join us on Sunday, May 28, from 5-7 PM for Champagne and Oysters to toast the opening of Chorus by Rachelle Dang [10].

Lighthouse Works is pleased to present Chorus, a site-specific sculpture by artist Rachelle Dang, which will be on view at Silver Eel Cove, Fishers Island, from May-December 2023. The artwork is the 10th commission in our Public Art program.

Chorus takes inspiration from the rhizomatic root structure of beachgrass (Ammophila breviligulata) found on Fishers Island, and the interconnected netting of roots that stabilizes the dune.

Known for her intricately layered installations that fuse in-depth research of colonial exploitation and propagation of botanicals with deftly made objects and images, Dang was inspired by the Island’s ecology to imagine a collective world above and beneath the dune as the complex performance of an ecosystem with myriad species and actors.

In her statement, Dang writes: “These thoughts led me to the idea of singers and actors under a tapestry of roots. My project for Lighthouse Works comprises a rhizomatic curtain, a proscenium resembling the silhouette of a dune or cloud, and a stage for interspecies symbiosis. The sculpture connects sky, land, and ocean with a fluidity that emerged from my large-scale ink drawings, which I created with a 3ft brush on a roll of rosin paper, directly on the floor. The height of the sculpture is true to life: beach grass roots can extend several meters below the surface of the dune.”



Rachelle Dang [10] (b. Honolulu, HI) is a New York-based artist and educator. She is Critic at Yale School of Art, a current artist resident at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace (2022-23), and a recent artist fellow at the Museum of Arts and Design (2022). Dang's work has been exhibited at venues including Cornell University, Ithaca (2022); Someday, New York (2021 & 2022); Casey Kaplan, New York (2021); Fergus McCaffrey, St. Barth and New York (2021 & 2019); A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn (2020); Smack Mellon, Brooklyn (2019-2020); Lesley Heller, New York (2019); Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City (2019); Haverford College Art Galleries, Philadelphia (2019); Hawaii Pacific University, Kaneohe (2013) and the Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii (2011 Biennial). Prior artist residencies include Yaddo, Shandaken: Storm King Art Center, the Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program, and Cooper Union. Dang received her MFA from Hunter College, CUNY, and her BA from Wellesley College.