Dominique Fung is a second-generation Chinese-Canadian artist whose practice explores the liminal territory in which tradition, memory, and legacy seep through our collective subconsciousness. Through her interest in casting light on overlooked or forgotten stories and her use of specific historical artifacts, she infuses with living qualities and complex non-linear narrative paths, she models a new, broader, alternative space of belonging.
As a focal point of her Art in Focus commission for Art Production Fund and Rockefeller Center, Dominique Fung imagined an all-encompassing yet open-ended epic odyssey. Located at the concourse of 45 Rockefeller Plaza, traditionally painted scrolls unfold to tell a story otherwise ungraspable as a whole. Spanning 125ft in length and created in the studio as a single multi-panel painting at ⅔ scale, the scene creates a connection between the palpable physical place in which it lives and the ethereal subconscious plane it unfolds for its viewer. Instilled with life, artifacts from the Shang and Tang Dynasties meet Ama women and quaint fishing figures in abstracted landscapes of seashell flowers, tree corals, and wide-casting nets.
The vitrine spaces at 45 Rockefeller Plaza showcase three sculptural installations. Interwoven within the artworks are recurring motifs of floraand persistent thematic elements central to Fung's artistic explorations. These elements collectively narrate a tale of voyaging through uncharted territories, from the depths of an ocean dark as the night, through troubled waters washing softly onto the shores of a land of infinite possibilities.
Expanding from the vitrines, a curated selection of recent paintings by the artist can be viewed at 10 Rockefeller Plaza, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 50 Rockefeller Plaza, and Radio Park. As part of Art Production Fund's Art Sundae program, which aims to build confidence in children through art, the artist will also host a free workshop, collaborating with participants to create an installation to be presented at the 10 Rockefeller Plaza window.
ABOUT ART IN FOCUS
ART IN FOCUS is a multidisciplinary program that showcases installations by contemporary artists inspired by the New York City landscape and contemporary life. Artists featured in the series will have their work displayed in a number of prominent and unexpected public locations throughout Rockefeller Center. Art in Focus is presented in partnership with Rockefeller Center and Art Production Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to commissioning and producing ambitious public art projects, reaching new audiences, and expanding awareness through contemporary art. Past Art in Focus artists include Joana Avillez, Hein Koh, Portia Munson, LaKela Brown, Lucy Sparrow, Angelica Hicks, Vanessa German, Ryan Flores, Genevieve Gaignard, Oliver Jeffers, Hiba Schahbaz, Sanford Biggers, Hilary Pecis, Maurice Harris, Lisa Congdon, Max Colby, Hugo McCloud, Emily Mullin, Arghavan Khosravi, Lorraine Nam, Joel Gaitan and most recently Basil Kincaid.
August 7 - November 17