History: Epoxy was an Asian American artists’ collective founded in 1982. Like other alternative art movements in New York City, it was a response to the arts establishment at the time. Founded by artists originally from Hong Kong such as Bing Lee, Eric Chan, Chung Kang Lok, Jerry Kwan, Ming Fay and Kwok, membership later included artists like Zhang Hongtu and Andrew Culver who were from other countries.
The mission of the group is suggested by its namesake – epoxy resin – which is a binding agent that is formed through the combination of two different compounds. Group members hoped that by collaborating, they would create works that would not only be more than a collection of singular contributions, but would also reflect cross-cultural influences. A variety of media and techniques were used to explore different themes. Meeting at locations such as private residences and Chinese restaurants until its dissolution in 1988, the group produced and mounted a number of exhibits at different venues such as the Kwok Gallery, the Sabrina Fung Gallery, the Alternative Museum and the New Museum. Often presented in cooperation with affiliated individuals and groups like the grassroots arts organization Basement Workshop, the exhibits included “Works on Wall,” “Out of Context,” and “36 Tactics.” Epoxy also participated in slide shows at venues like the Red Spot Outdoor Theater and the Asian American Arts Centre.
Sources: Ault, Julie. Alternative Art, New York, 1965-1985: A Cultural Politics Book from the Social Text Collective. Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press, 2002.
Chang, Alexandra. “Epoxy Art Group.” In The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, ed. Joan Marter, 165-166. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
Chang, Alexandra. “Interview with Margo Machida, Co-Founder, Godzilla.” Art Spaces Archives Project. Last modified September 10, 2010.
Summary: The collection reflects the active years of Epoxy Art Group. Totaling 0.5 linear feet, the files include reference materials, drawings, handwritten notes, press releases, press coverage, catalogues, slides, and photographs. In addition, there are a few pieces of artwork: a rubber tree sculpture, a cardboard tube piece (44” x 7”), and some rubber stamps.
Total Size: 0.5 linear feet
APA-related Size: 0.5 linear feet
Languages of materials: English
Location: Fales Library & Special Collections
Bibliographic Control: finding aid
Finding Aid Link: http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/html/fales/epoxy/index.html
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