Shapes of the Garden By Chemin Hsiao

Shapes of the Garden
by Chemin Hsiao

On view in the Visitor & Administration Building Gallery
December 3, 2021 – April 10, 2022

Shapes of the Garden is a series of woodblock prints inspired by the ever-changing shapes and colors of Queens Botanical Garden. Based on the Japanese ukiyo-e Mokuhanga (Woodblock Print) tradition, Chemin Hsiao’s prints capture the seasonal transition throughout the Spring and Fall of 2021.

This exhibition is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Note: Showing proof of vaccination and photo ID is required to enter, except for individuals who are ineligible for vaccination. We will be accepting the CDC Vaccination Card, the Excelsior Pass, and the NYC COVID Safe App. The latter two are downloadable via Google Play and the App Store.

Meet the Artist Events

Opening Reception for Shapes of the Garden

Saturday, December 11, 2 to 4pm

Meet artist Chemin Hsiao at the opening reception for the exhibition, Shapes of the Garden. 

Printmaking Workshop

Saturday, March 19, 1 to 3:30p

Learn the basics of block printing with artist Chemin Hsiao and create a linoleum cut to print botanical patterns and designs onto paper.

About the Artist

Chemin Hsiao (蕭喆旻, Taiwan) is a visual artist based in Queens and Brooklyn (Chashama Studio Space), New York. Hsiao received his BFA and MFA from the School of Visual Arts. He was a recipient of New Work Grant (2017, 2019, 2021) and ArtSite Public Art Commissioning (2018) from Queens Council on the Arts.

Hsiao has taken part in artist residencies at the Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts in Canada, SU-CASA Residency in New York, and the Cuttyhunk Island Artist Residency in Massachusetts. He was selected as one of the ProjectArt resident artists in Windsor Park Library (Queens), and a fellow at the ARTWorks, Inc. program supported by the Jerome Foundation at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. He also participated in the 2016 Immigrant Artist Program at the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Since 2019, he has completed several commissioned public murals for the Queens community including Jackson Heights (82nd Street Partnership), Elmhurst Sculpture Park (RPGA Studio), Union Street in Flushing (Asian American Federation), and the SkyView Center in Flushing (ShopCore Properties).

He has exhibited in solo exhibition at Queens Botanical Garden, and group exhibitions at the Walter Wickiser Gallery, SFA Projects, New York Foundation for the Arts, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, El Taller Art Center, New York Hall of Science, Abrons Arts Center, E. Tay Gallery, Local Project Art Space, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Taipei Cultural Center, Maggi Peyton Gallery, Society of illustrator Gallery, Gallery Nucleus in the United States, and LiTE-HAUS Galerie and Direktorenhaus Gallery in Berlin, Germany.

Besides his studio practice, Hsiao has taught in-person and virtual visual arts workshops to students from kindergarten to seniors for organizations such as the Met Museum, Noguchi Museum, Queens Museum, Queens Botanical Garden, ProjectArt, Queens Public Library, Abrons Arts Center, and Nan Shan Senior Center.

To learn more about Queens Botanical Garden’s Art in the Garden, click here.