Absent Narratives | Wing Young Huie


MacRostie Gallery | On view through October.

How much of what we see is shaped by our daily interactions and how much is influenced by the countless pop culture images that we’ve consumed? How we look at photographs shows how we look at each other and ourselves. In Absent Narratives photographer Wing young Huie asks the simple question: What do you see? His photographs, spanning over 30 years and many of them taken in the artist’s home state of Minnesota, collectively reflect a broad spectrum of cultural realities. Wing Young Huie has been photographing for over thirty years, and although his work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries and museums, his most well-known projects are large-scale public installations, including Frogtown (1995), Lake Street USA (2000) and The University Avenue Project (2010), which transformed major Twin Cities’ thoroughfares into epic photo galleries, reflecting the everyday lives of thousands of its citizens in the midst of some of the most culturally diverse areas in the country.

wing-young-huieFor over 30 years, celebrated photographer Wing Young Huie has captured the complex cultural realities of American society. His work has been shown in international galleries and in Minnesota storefront windows. His most well known works, Lake Street USA and the University Avenue Project, transformed Minneapolis and Saint Paul thoroughfares into six-mile photo galleries, reflecting the everyday lives of thousands of their citizens. For the month of October, Wing’s photographs will be on display at MacRostie Art Center, and from October 5 – 7 he will be visiting Grand Rapids for a series of presentations and workshops sponsored by the City of Grand Rapids Human Rights Commission, which are free and open to the public.

Wing Young Huie’s photos explore a myriad of social issues, including immigration, race, adoption, urban and rural life, dementia, faith, Lutheranism, gender, homelessness, and youth culture. He uses photography as a societal mirror and window, seeking to reveal not only what is hidden, but also what is plainly visible and seldom noticed.

wing-young-huie-3Wednesday, October 5, 6 – 7:30 pm

Stender Community Room, Blandin Foundation

Wing Young Huie will present his dynamic slide show and lecture “How Photographs Form Us.” Through his presentation he confronts divisive social issues while sharing anecdotes from his 35-year journey of becoming an artist – starting with his youth in Duluth, MN – as well as insights into his own creative process.

wing-young-huie-1Thursday, October 6, 1  – 3 pm

Chucker Auditorium, Itasca Community College

Wing will again present “How Photographs Form Us” followed at 2 pm by his “Chalk Talk” workshop, during which participants will engage with each other using an activity that Wing has used in his recent work. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to photograph each other and engage in a discussion about the stories behind the photos to challenge preconceptions about the other and one’s self. These events are open to both students and the general public.

wing-young-huie-2Friday, October 7, 4 – 7 pm

MacRostie Art Center

The photography exhibit “Absent Narratives” will open with a reception during the First Friday Art Walk.  All events are free and open to the public and are presented by the City of Grand Rapids Human Rights Commission in partnership with MacRostie Art Center and Itasca Community College. These activities are made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. For more information about Wing Young Huie visit www.wingyounghuie.com