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Ming Fay, Renowned Asian-American Artist, to Install Floor-to-Ceiling Sculptures at Ramapo College

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(Mahwah) – Ramapo Garden of Desire,” a sculpture installation by renowned Asian-American artist Ming Fay featuring floor-to-ceiling sculptures, will be exhibited in the Kresge Gallery on the campus of Ramapo College of New Jersey beginning Friday, April 1 and continuing through May 6. A reception and artist’s talk is scheduled from 5 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6.

Ramapo Garden of Desire” is a site specific installation inspired by the space of the Kresge Gallery. Upon visiting the gallery,” said Fay, I saw a possibility for a dense jungle-like installation of sculptures suspended from the high ceiling.” The installation consists primarily of Monkey Pots, an Amazon jungle plant which was transplanted to other tropical regions. The name of the tree refers to its pot-like shape that holds seeds so enticing to monkeys, that their heads often become stuck in the plants as they try to obtain the seeds. I was very inspired by this metaphor and have created my own version of the Monkey Pot as a symbol for humans who are caught by their own desires. The layers of brightly colored foam of my Monkey Pots are reminiscent of the mutated forms of science fiction films and laboratory experiments gone astray.”

Fay believes the creation of gardens is an elaborate display of human control over its surroundings. Gardens are also a reflection of paradise,” says the artist, the location for the ultimate desirable state of being.” In Ramapo Garden of Desire,” Monkey Pots, Money Trees, Gwa Flowers and Butterfly Twigs grow and flourish in an allegorical installation of nature’s bounty and the never-ending human desire to acquire and consume.

The sculptor’s work often represents things found in nature such as pears, seeds and fruits that embody some ancient Chinese belief based on Taoism. My work is based on the botanical world and its relationship to humans,” Fay said. Much like a scientist, I research and cultivate specific plant forms for their inherent and symbolic qualities, reinterpreting and reinventing them in my studio/laboratory greenhouse.” He draws upon both Eastern and Western philosophies to pose questions about the complex and often ambiguous relationship between humans and nature.

The sculptor is a professor of art at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. Recent solo exhibitions include Montalvo Gallery, Saratoga, CA; Cuchifritos, New York, NY; and Copia, Napa, CA in addition to prior shows at Whitney Museum at Philip Morris, Exit Art and the Alternative Museum, all in New York City. Newly installed public art commissions include the Delancey Street MTA mosaic tile mural, Staten Island Ferry Terminal granite benches, Seattle Courthouse outdoor sculpture, Yauco plaza magic tree sculpture in Puerto Rico and the Portland Oregon Convention Center.

The Kresge Gallery is located in the Berrie Center for the Performing and Visual Arts at Ramapo College. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, 1 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 201.684.7147.

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Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com. Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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