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Takming Chuang makes unfired clay sculptures that emulate the body as they age. Preserved within a plastic skin, their supple forms eventually shrink, wrinkle, blister, discolor, and harden. Installations of his work are modeled after public spaces that produce value, from supermarkets and gyms to storage facilities and museums. Together, they highlight the complex correlation between change and value, of bodies as well as art objects. He is especially interested in the parallel between bodily preservation (fitness/wellness culture) and art conservation. Both hint at underlying social values that drive economic decisions to keep things the way they are.  

Born in New York City, Chuang currently lives in San Francisco. He received his MFA in Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in Economics from the State University of New York, Binghamton. At present, Chuang is an Affilate Artist at Headlands Center for the Arts, Visiting Lecturer at UC Berkeley in Collaborative Innovation, and serves on committees at Right Window Gallery and Southern Exposure. His work is in the public collection of the Berkeley Art Museum. 

tak@takmingchuang.com