Rachelle Dang

Smack Mellon

92 Plymouth Street, 8

Rachelle Dang, Under a Constellation of Leaves, 2019, aluminum fence panel, air-dry clay, wire, Aqua-Resin, paint, 6 x 14 x 10 ft. Photo: Etienne Frossard.

Rachelle Dang’s work considers the implications of colonial legacies.  She builds, transforms, and interprets objects from the past and from the natural world to examine historical and ecological connections between places, people, and things.  She uses her personal experience and perspective to frame a multidisciplinary examination of dispossession, displacement, and environmental degradation.  Her focus is the Pacific, particularly Hawaii, where her family has lived for six generations and longer, yet she aims to create works that span cross-cultural, transoceanic histories.  She believes critical dialogue about the past is crucial to reckoning with and transforming both present and future.

Dang has exhibited her work in New York at Socrates Sculpture Park, Fergus McCaffrey, Nathalie Karg Gallery, Lesley Heller Gallery, Motel, and mh PROJECT nyc.  Her residencies include the Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program, Shandaken: Storm King Art Center, the Studios at MASS MoCA, Cooper Union, and Sculpture Space where she received an Emerging Sculptor Fellowship.  She was awarded a 2019-2020 Fellowship with A.I.R. Gallery and will participate in a 2021 residency at Yaddo.  Her solo exhibitions have been reviewed in the Brooklyn Rail and Hyperallergic.  Dang received an M.F.A. in sculpture from Hunter College in 2018.

About Smack Mellon

Smack Mellon is a nonprofit arts organization located in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Smack Mellon’s mission is to nurture and support emerging, under-recognized mid-career and women artists in the creation and exhibition of new work, by providing exhibition opportunities, studio workspace, and access to equipment and technical assistance for the realization of ambitious projects. We see ourselves as a vehicle whereby under-represented artists can create, explore and exhibit their creative ideas outside the concerns of the commercial art world, offering many artists the exposure and recognition they deserve.