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Dining out at élan with Artist Arlan Huang; New Paintings on view at Trestle Gallery

Trestle Gallery opening reception for "Swimming Awkward Moment," new works by Arlan Huang, here with his wife Lillian Huang, in Brooklyn on February 20, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Trestle Gallery opening reception for “Swimming Awkward Moment,” new works by Arlan Huang, here with his wife Lillian Ling, in Brooklyn on February 20, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

One of my favorite things to do with artist Arlan Huang and his wife, Lillian Ling, is to try new restaurants in New York. Our latest find is élan, a new contemporary American restaurant by Chef David Waltuck and co-owner George Stinson, located in Manhattan’s Gramercy/Flatiron neighborhood. This is David’s first restaurant since Chanterelle, the celebrated fixture of downtown dining for 30 years, where George was General Manager for more than a decade.

Our Menu
colorado lamb chops, szechuan pepper, cumin
pork osso buco, cider ginger, mustard
pretzel bread with mustard butter
sea urchin guacamole with taro root chips
grilled seafood sausage with sauerkraut
foie gras roulade, fig, pistachio
duck fat hash browns
butternut squash ravioli, oxtail ragout
lime souffle cheesecake with mandarin orange slice with meyer lemon rinds
apple sundae, halvah, butterscotch


Huang’s exhibition of his newest paintings, “Swimming Awkward Moment,” is on view at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn through March 27, 2015.


Huang describes his current practice as “looking at myself from the outside.” In 2014, Huang reacquainted himself with his entire body of work through a cataloging process facilitated by a Creating a Living Legacy award from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. This act of retracing allowed Huang to review his painting career through an experienced lens. With Huang’s newest body of work he chooses to embrace awkwardness and paint with a layered perspective about his artistic decisions and the aspirations he held as a younger painter.

Trestle Gallery opening reception for "Swimming Awkward Moment," new works by Arlan Huang in Brooklyn on February 20, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Trestle Gallery opening reception for “Swimming Awkward Moment,” new works by Arlan Huang in Brooklyn on February 20, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

From this intensive look into his own history, Huang found that he has been “doing the same things over and over again,” with subtle shifts in color and line from one painting to the next. His search for a meditative “hum” while he paints is ever present as he experiments with the surface, color, and fluid movement of his abstract imagery. The results are layered and stacked linear marks, neat rows, or floating daubs of paint.

Trestle Gallery opening reception for "Swimming Awkward Moment," new works by Arlan Huang in Brooklyn on February 20, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Trestle Gallery opening reception for “Swimming Awkward Moment,” new works by Arlan Huang in Brooklyn on February 20, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Arlan Huang (1948) was born in Bangor, Maine and was raised in San Francisco. Huang studied at San Francisco Art Institute (1964-65), City College of San Francisco (1966-69) and received his BFA from Pratt Institute (1972). Huang has permanent installations throughout New York, including the Museum of Chinese in Americas, Jacobi Medical Center, and Baron Capital, and has received awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Board of Education, and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Recent solo exhibitions include Red for Yellow (2013), Flatfile Gallery, Japan; and Most Violet Paintings 2003-2008 (2008), Walter Randel Gallery, NYC. Huang has exhibited extensively in group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad. He lives in Manhattan and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Trestle Gallery
168 7th Street, 3rd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11215
M – F, 11am – 6pm
Buzz 35 to enter building 718 858 9069

Contact: Mary Negro Managing Director trestle@brooklynartspace.org

Original Music Composition by GK

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Lia Chang, Artist Arlan Huang and his wife Lillian Ling at the opening reception of "Swimming Awkward Moment," at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn on February 20, 2015. Photo by GK

Lia Chang, Artist Arlan Huang and his wife Lillian Ling at the opening reception of “Swimming Awkward Moment,” at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn on February 20, 2015. Photo by GK

Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in FebOne1960.com Blog, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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