huidi xiang

when held properly,

solo exhibition including six new sculptures made this year tailored for the gallery’s home base. 

solo exhibition at Tutu Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

03/31/2023 - 06/01/2023

press release

Excerpt from the press release written by April Z :

Charting the journey of her ongoing immigration and introspection on her role as a minority female in late capitalism, Huidi uses a mixture of symbols from video games and popular culture as her language to describe how affective labor metamorphoses into physical and internal harm by the larger system we exist under.

This body of work was initially conceived from Huidi’s preoccupation with Shoe Goomba, a shoe-wearing, mushroom-shaped monster character in Super Mario Bros. A late addition to the game, Shoe Goomba can be defeated by the standard jump move, or, a stealth attack from below which then grants Mario possession of A Goomba’s Shoe (also known as The Shoe), allowing him to safely move through spiked grounds and monsters. Extended to real-life living in New York, putting on a good pair of shoes prompts a mental switch from nesting to facing the outside world, provides comfort on the go, and can even be used to deceive others about the wearer’s socio-economic class.

Huidi draws parallels between game simulation, animation, and immigrant assimilation as analogies for many survival strategies around the vicious cycle of personal caretaking, growth, and the eventual weaponization of a person...

works included in the exhibition:

power-up take-out

11in (w) x 42in (h) x 6in (d)
3D printed PLA, resin, acrylic sheet, caster wheel

hare come the glitches

36in (w) x 12in (h) x 10in (d)
3D printed PLA, resin, cement, acrylic sheet, flocking fiber  

hold my inventory tight and right

24in (w) x 48in (h) x 10in (d)
MDF, banana door stopper, 3D printed PLA

timber the dream house

18in (w) x 44in (h) x 12in (d)
3D printed PLA, cement, screen embedded in found shovel, video (running time 5’30”) played on loop

𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒃𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒅𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒎 𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒔𝒆 presents a glossary from gleaned gifs. the video briefly explains games, including animal crossing and super smash bros., as well as in-game terminology referred to by the work in the exhibition 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒅 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒍𝒚,
gravity is my best frenemy

23in (w) x 9in (h) x 7in (d)
3D printed PLA, cement, ball chain
the flower needs no water

24in (w) x 18in (h) x 24in (d)
3D printed PLA, water pump, glass cloche dome, motorized toy train, found elephant watering can, found steel pan, found plastic basin,  cement, wood