New York

Shih Chieh Huang, T-24-L (detail), 2016–17, mixed media, 12 × 10 × 12'.

Shih Chieh Huang

Ronald Feldman Gallery

A heightened awareness of climate change and the inevitable ruination it will bring forth is producing a specific kind of emotional distress that requires a new lexicon of anguish. Mental-health workers now treat conditions such as “eco-anxiety,” “environmental melancholy,” and “ecological grief.” But there was little trace of such misery in Shih Chieh Huang’s exhibition “Incubate” at Ronald Feldman Gallery. This was surprising, since Huang utilizes materials (plastics of varied sorts) and forms (evocative of shimmering deep-sea creatures) one immediately associates with disaster: the waste of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, for example, or the trash found in the stomachs of animals that dwell in even the deepest and most remote parts of the planet’s oceans. According to a recent prediction, underwater life will essentially be dead by 2050. Huang’s project, however, is not one of agitated

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