Hsini Des

(pronounced shing-ee dez)

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I believe art can be fun and egalitarian while still being conceptually rigorous and engaged with the act of looking, both for the artist and viewer. My questions are always: How can the experience of an artwork further its meaning? How does the function of art shift in and outside of the gallery? What can it do beyond my intention, in the hands of another, on their terms? What is it worth beyond monetary value systems?  

I create multiples, ephemera, souvenirs, decor, and displays to subvert conventions of consumerism and question assumptions about trade value. Instead of money, I encourage people to use their own thoughts, conversations, writings, and even artwork as currency to exchange for my goods. To elicit these alternate currencies and incentivize participation I develop interactive games, which also serve to connect players with one another, if only briefly, through the discussion of current (and sometimes controversial) topics. My objects and photographs are records of my immediate environment and use various framing devices and printing methods to alter perceptions of commercial society.

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Hsini Des was born in Taipei, Taiwan and raised in Chambersburg, PA. She received her MFA in Studio Art from Hunter College, an MLIS in Library Science from Rutgers University, and a BFA in Studio Art from Alfred University. She was given Special Recognition for the C12 Emerging Artist Award and was the recipient of the Institute for Electronic Art’s Print Residency (Alfred, NY) and Works on Water / Underwater New York’s Residency on Governors Island. Her work has recently been seen at Pioneer Works, SOHO20, SARDINE, the Knockdown Center, in both Whitney Houston Biennials, at the Maass Gallery (SUNY Purchase), the Cohen Gallery (Alfred University) at the Come Out & Play Festival (in DUMBO, with Game Night), Her work has been on the cover of Conjunctions, in BOMB Magazine, on Hyperallergic, on a billboard at the intersection of Broadway and 174th Street in Manhattan (with 14×48.org), on the Global Programs Office bulletin board at the Guggenheim Museum, and in the Prints and Paintings Department Office at the Brooklyn Museum.

email hidesireedes (at) gmail

instagram desir_eela

download CV

download my MFA thesis paper