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Eugenie Tung
Astoria since 2013, Brooklyn 2002 - 2013, NY
Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant



ARTIST STATEMENT: Between leaving Hong Kong for the United States 21 years ago to finish high school in a rural American city, through receiving my MFA degree in Brooklyn, in 2004, I lived in 13 different apartments, moving from arid desert to the Pacific Northwest, to New York City. In my early work, photographs of these apartments were "updated" with acrylic paint to "remove" the persons and belongings that were no longer present after I had vacated, to communicate how I feel when taking a last look at the empty space I once occupied. As my living situation stabilized this body of work shifted to the hotel rooms I'd stayed in on my travels.

Overtime, my artwork has evolved in another way, from being a purely autobiographical pursuit to an expression of time, place, and common experience. I found myself looking through windows for clues about inhabitants and a glimpse of their lives. In 16 Windows, an outdoor, permanent public art project for the MTA, 16 fused glass panels depict imaginary views through the windows of different residents' homes. In Conspicuous Inoccupancy, boarded-up windows (cut-out digital photos of actual abandoned homes, mounted on foam core) allow viewers to consider whether it's more desirable to see a building boarded up or to expose a deteriorating and vacant interior, which is simulated by marker drawings mounted behind the photos. Travelogue, a developing, on-going series, consists of photomontages of windows from the many photos I've taken over the years, in cities I once called home, cities I visited before they were my home, and on my travels. The windows featured in Travelogue are removed from their context, stripped of time and space, accentuating how our way of living, despite minor differences, are in many ways universal.
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  • The Rite of Passage - Proposal Sketch Detail
    2007
    (Proposed) Mosaic tiles on station platform walls
    This is a mock proposal to create a public art project at the New York City 77th Street - Lenox Hill Hospital Subway Station as part of the 2007 National Academy Abbey Mural and Public Art Workshop. T

  • The Rite of Passage - Proposal Sketch
    2007
    (Proposed) Mosaic tiles on station platform walls
    This is a mock proposal to create a public art project at the New York City 77th Street - Lenox Hill Hospital Subway Station as part of the 2007 National Academy Abbey Mural and Public Art Workshop. T

  • 16 Windows, Night #6 - #8
    2007
    Fused glass in platform windscreens
    16 Windows celebrates the perpetual daily life and often-overlooked ordinary activities. Using windows as motif, each of the 16 fused glass panels depicts our lives, unseen through windows but behind

  • 16 Windows, Manhattan Bound
    2007
    Fused glass in platform windscreens
    16 Windows celebrates the perpetual daily life and often-overlooked ordinary activities. Using windows as motif, each of the 16 fused glass panels depicts our lives, unseen through windows but behind

  • 16 Windows, Day #6, Breakfast and Paper
    2007
    Fused glass in platform windscreens
    16 Windows celebrates the perpetual daily life and often-overlooked ordinary activities. Using windows as motif, each of the 16 fused glass panels depicts our lives, unseen through windows but behind

  • 16 Windows, Day #8, No One's Home
    2007
    Fused glass in platform windscreens
    16 Windows celebrates the perpetual daily life and often-overlooked ordinary activities. Using windows as motif, each of the 16 fused glass panels depicts our lives, unseen through windows but behind

  • Ibis Hotel, Hong Kong, March 2008
    2008
    Acrylic on digital print
    As part of the Vacation Series, photographs taken of apartments I've lived in and hotel rooms I've stayed in are "updated" with acrylic paint in a manner similar to "whiting-o

  • Hotel Sakura, Tokyo, October 2009
    2009
    Acrylic on digital print
    As part of the Vacation Series, photographs taken of apartments I've lived in and hotel rooms I've stayed in are "updated" with acrylic paint in a manner similar to "whiting-o

  • 15 Lawton Street, #30, Living Room Area
    2006
    Acrylic on c-print
    As part of the Vacation Series, photographs taken of apartments I've lived in and hotel rooms I've stayed in are "updated" with acrylic paint in a manner similar to "whiting-o

  • 15 Lawton Street, #41, Studio
    2012
    Acrylic on digital print
    30" x 20"
    As part of the Vacation Series, photographs taken of apartments I've lived in and hotel rooms I've stayed in are "updated" with acrylic paint in a manner similar to "whiting-o

  • 15 Lawton Street, #41, living room and kitchen
    2013
    Acrylic on digital print
    30" x 20"
    As part of the Vacation Series, photographs taken of apartments I've lived in and hotel rooms I've stayed in are "updated" with acrylic paint in a manner similar to "whiting-o

  • 678 Flushing Avenue, dining/living/bedroom
    2016
    Acrylic on digital print
    20" x 30"
    As part of the Vacation Series, photographs taken of apartments I've lived in and hotel rooms I've stayed in are "updated" with acrylic paint in a manner similar to "whiting-o

  • 19, 21 & 23 Troutment Street, Brooklyn, August 2009 (DETAIL)
    2009
    Digital photo, foam core, balsa wood, markers, tape
    The Conspicuous Inoccupancy series amkes use of photo documentation of boarded up buildings mounted on foam core. I hinged the boarded windows and doors by cutting them out of three sides, allowing vi

  • 19, 21 & 23 Troutment Street, Brooklyn, August 2009
    2009
    Digital photo, foam core, balsa wood, markers, tape
    The Conspicuous Inoccupancy series amkes use of photo documentation of boarded up buildings mounted on foam core. I hinged the boarded windows and doors by cutting them out of three sides, allowing vi

  • 167 Malcolm X Blvd, Brooklyn, August 2009
    2009
    Digital photo, foam core, balsa wood, markers, tape
    The Conspicuous Inoccupancy series amkes use of photo documentation of boarded up buildings mounted on foam core. I hinged the boarded windows and doors by cutting them out of three sides, allowing vi

  • Dawn to Dusk
    2010
    Diigital photomontage
    After conceiving 16 Windows and Conspicuous Inoccupancy, I began creating photomontages of windows from the many photos I've taken over the years, to catalog and juxtapose the similarities and di

  • Travelogue, #2
    2010
    Diigital photomontage
    After conceiving 16 Windows and Conspicuous Inoccupancy, I began creating photomontages of windows from the many photos I've taken over the years, to catalog and juxtapose the similarities and di

  • Travelogue, #3
    2011
    Digital photomontage
    32" x 30"
    After conceiving 16 Windows and Conspicuous Inoccupancy, I began creating photomontages of windows from the many photos I've taken over the years, to catalog and juxtapose the similarities and di

  • Travel Magnets, DETAIL
    2011
    Digital images on magnetic sheets on used refrigerator
    61” x 28” x 29”

  • Travel Magnets (installation view at Smack Mellon Gallery)
    2011
    Digital images on magnetic sheets on used refrigerator
    61" x 28" x 29"
 








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