Dan Lam's Psychedelic Sculptures Make Their Way to Hashimoto Contemporary, NYC
Hashimoto Contemporary NYC is pleased to present Delicious Monster, a solo exhibition by Dallas-based artist Dan Lam. Delicious Monster will be the artist's inaugural solo exhibition at Hashimoto Contemporary NYC, in which she continues to explore the opposing themes of the beautiful and repulsive, the attractive and revulsive, and how often these two opposing sentiments can come from within the same source. Referencing these dichotomies, the works in Delicious Monster explore color and form while experimenting with new materials and layering processes.
For her latest body of work, Lam was inspired by the monstera deliciosa fruit, whose scientific name literally means ‘delicious monster.' Resembling an ear of corn with a green exterior, this hexagon patterned fruit is sweet, delicious and tropical, yet it can cause severe throat and skin irritation if eaten before it has fully ripened. Fascinated by the fruit's tempting contradictions, the works in Delicious Monster explores this relatable concept - patience is often tested by temptation, and the excitement and desire to have an experience before the appropriate moment can often result in dangerous consequences.
Exploring a variety of textures, from the shimmering iridescent to pointed spikes, Lam's sculptures appear almost lifelike, as if they were living organisms from a psychedelic universe. Simultaneously alluring and unsettling, their textures, candy-colored hues, and organic shapes draw the viewer in, tempting you to touch them and enter their alternate universe.
Delicious Monster will be debuting Saturday, May 4th from 6 pm to 8 pm with the artist in attendance. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, May 25th.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Meet on Chrystie and Hashimoto Contemporary will be hosting a special artist talk with Dan Lam on Friday, May 3rd from 5 pm to 7 pm.