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Epoxy Art Group Archive
1982-1992
 MSS 367

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Collection processed by Rachel Corbman, 2013.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on June 25, 2015
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Fay, Ming
Title: Epoxy Art Group Archive
Dates [inclusive]: 1982-1992
Abstract: Epoxy was an art collective that specialized in collaborative, multi-media, and experimental projects. Active between the years of 1982 and around 1992, Epoxy was founded by Ming Fay, Jerry Kwan, Kwok, Bing Lee, Kang Lok Chung, and Eric Chan — all New York City based visual artists with cultural ties to Hong Kong. The Archive includes original artwork, photographs, slides, press releases, press coverage, some business files and correspondence, and internal meeting minutes as well as other writings.
Quantity: 2.0 linear feet (3 document cases, 1 binder, 1 flat box, and 1 oversized box)
Call Phrase: MSS 367

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Historical Note

Epoxy Art Group was founded in 1982 by Ming Fay, Jerry Kwan, Kwok, Bing Lee, Kang Lok Chung, and Eric Chan — six New York City based visual artists with cultural ties to Hong Kong. The name "Epoxy" is a reference to epoxy resin. This name was selected by the collective in order to, in their own words, "represent the strong bonding power of good adhesiveness." Epoxy Art Group specialized in experimental, collaborative, and mixed media work. Slide show presentations and newspaper collages were perhaps the most commonly utilized mediums in their diverse artistic output.

Between the years 1982 until round 1992, the group held routine meetings and mounted exhibits approximately twice a year in a range of venues, including Kwok Gallery, the Sabrina Fung Gallery, the Alternative Gallery, and the New Museum. Epoxy's exhibitions, as well as their less conventional projects and public art works, include Works on the Wall (1983), Ball Show (1983), Pink Works (1984), Erotica (1984), Myths (1985), Roots of Reality (1985), Dragon, Eagle, Apple, and Pear (an outdoor art show at the Red Spot, 1986-7), Out of Context (1987), 36 Tactics (1988), 18 Layers of Hell (1988), and a public art exhibit in conjunction with REPOhistory (1990-1992).

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Scope and Content

This collection documents Epoxy Art Group from its founding in 1982 until the group disbanded circa 1992. Files include original artwork, photocopies of artwork, photographs, slides, press releases, press coverage, some business files and correspondence, and internal meeting minutes and other writing. This material has been divided into three series.

Series I: Exhibition Files:These files document Epoxy's exhibitions as well as less conventional projects and public art works between the years of 1983-1992.

Series II: Administrative Files: This series is divided into three subseries.The first series contains a a range of material, including articles, press releases, photographs, artwork, and more. The second series consists of material that was removed from a blue green binder and rehoused in an archival binder. It includes press releases and photographs of Epoxy members. Finally, the third series contains three stamps and two stamp pads.

  • Subseries A: Files
  • Subseries B: Photo binder
  • Subseries C: Objects

Series III: Media Epoxy Art Group Record's includes one cassette tape, which has been separated as its own series primarily for preservation reasons.

Arrangement

Series I is organized chronologically by date of exhibit. Files in Series II: A are originized alphabetically. Original order was preserved in Series II: B (the photo binder).

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Chan, Eric, (artist)
  • Chung, Kang Lok
  • Fay, Ming
  • Kwan, Jerry
  • Kwok, Mang Ho
  • Lee, Bing, (artist)

Document Type

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Collages (visual works).
  • Color slides.
  • Correspondence.
  • Exhibition catalogs.
  • Financial records.
  • Photocopies.
  • Photographs.
  • Press releases.
  • Printed ephemera.

Subject Topics

  • Art and society.
  • Art |v Exhibitions.
  • Artistic collaboration
  • Asian American art |y 20th century |v Exhibitions.
  • Asian American artists -- New York (State) -- New York -v Societies.
  • Asian American artists.
  • Asian Americans -- Ethnic identity.
  • Multimedia (Art)
  • Race -- Political aspects.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Epoxy Art Group's records were stored at the private residence of Ming Fay, a founding member of Epoxy. They were transferred to the Asian/Pacific/American Institute (APA) at NYU and then to Fales Special Collection and Library in 2013.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers. Appointments are necessary for the use of manuscript and archival collections.

Audiovisual materials have not been preserved and may not be available to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Collection use is subject to all copyright laws. Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the Director of Fales Library and Special Collections. Please contact fales.library@nyu.edu. or call 212 998 2596.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Epoxy Art Group Records; MSS 367; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University Libraries.

Related Archival Materials note

REPOhistory Archive

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Container List

Series I: Exhibition Files

Scope and Content

These files document Epoxy's exhibitions as well as less conventional projects and public art works between the years of 1983-1992.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Works on Wall, February 8-11 1983 [1 of 3]
1983
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Works on Wall, February 8-12 1983 [2 of 3]
1983
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Works on Wall, February 8-12 1983 [3 of 3]
1983
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Works on Wall, February 8-11 1983
1983
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Works on Wall Portfolio Copies [Folder Removed from Works on Wall, Feb 8-12 1983]
1983
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Works on Wall [Booklets]
1983
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Ball Show, May 3 1983
1983
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Ball Show Portfolio Copies [Folder Removed from Ball Show May 5 1983]
1983
Box: 1 Folder : 8 "Pink Works" May 25 1984 [1 of 2]
1984
Box: 1 Folder : 9 "Pink Works" May 25 1984 [2 of 2]
1984
Box: 1 Folder : 10 "Pink Works" Portfolio Copies [Folder Removed from "Pink Works" May 25 1984]
1984
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Pink Works [Slide Show]
[1984]
Box: 1 Folder : 12 "Erotica" September 11-29 1984 [1 of 2]
1984
Box: 1 Folder : 13 "Erotica" September 11-29 1984 [2 of 2]
1984
Box: 6 Folder : 2 "Erotica" September 11-29 1984
1984
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Erotica Portfolio Copies [Folder Removed from Erotica September 11-29 1984]
1984
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Erotica Portfolio Copies [Folder Removed from "Erotica" September 11-29 1984]
1984
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Slides [from Erotica]
1984
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Epoxy Erotica [Slides]
[1984]
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Erotica Shoe [Slide] Show [1 of 2]
[1984]
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Erotica Shoe [Slide] Show [2 of 2]
1984
Box: 1 Folder : 19 [Flyers from Pink Works and Erotica Exhibit]
1984
Box: 1 Folder : 20 "Myths" June 7-28 1985 [1 of 2]
1985
Box: 1 Folder : 21 "Myths" June 7-28 1985 [2 of 2]
1985
Box: 1 Folder : 22 "Roots to Reality" Oct 11-Nov 24 1985
1985
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Dragon, Eagle, Apple, and Pear: Outdoor Art Show Red Spot
1985-1987
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Out of Context 1987
1987
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Out of Context- Exhibition
1987
Box: 2 Folder : 1 [Material from 36 Tactics]
[1988]
Box: 6 Folder : 4 [Material from 36 tactics]
[1988]
Box: 2 Folder : 2 36 Tactics [1 of 2]
1988
Box: 2 Folder : 3 36 Tactics [2 of 2]
1988
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Originals [Chinese Writing of folder-Thrity Six Tactics Project] [1 of 4]
[1988]
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Originals [Chinese Writing on folder- Thirty Six Tactics Project] [2 of 4]
[1988]
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Originals [Chinese writing on folder- Thirty Six Tactics Project] [3 of 4]
[1988]
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Originals [Chinese writing on folders- Thirty Six Tactics Project] [4 of 4]
[1988]
Box: 2 Folder : 8 36 Tactics Artwork
[1988]
Box: 6 Folder : 5 36 Tactics Artwork [1 of 7]
[1988]
Box: 6 Folder : 6 36 Tactics Artwork [2 of 7]
[1988]
Box: 6 Folder : 7 36 Tactics Artwork [3 of 7]
[1988]
Box: 6 Folder : 8 36 Tactics Artwork [4 of 7]
[1988]
Box: 6 Folder : 9 36 Tactics Artwork [5 of 7]
[1988]
Box: 6 Folder : 10 36 Tactics Artwork [6 of 7]
[1988]
Box: 6 Folder : 11 36 Tactics Artwork [7 of 7]
[1988]
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Epoxy 36 Tactics [Slide Show]
[1988]
Box: 2 Folder : 10 18 Levels of Hell
1988
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Epoxy 18 levels of Hell [Slideshow]
[1988]
Box: 2 Folder : 12 ReproHistory
1990-1992

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Series II: Administrative and Organizational Records

Scope and Content

This series is divided into three subseries.The first series contains a a range of material, including articles, press releases, photographs, artwork, and more. The second series consists of material that was removed from a blue green binder and rehoused in an archival binder. It includes press releases and photographs of Epoxy members. Finally, the third series contains three stamps and two stamp pads.

Subseries A:

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 13 1997- Epoxy [Folder Removed from Epoxy: Bio-Material] [1 of 2]
1992-1997
Box: 2 Folder : 14 1997- Epoxy [Folder Removed from Epoxy: Bio-Material] [2 of 2]
1992-1997
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Art Mail [one flyer]
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 16 [Correspondence, Mock Ups, etc.]
1987-1988
Box: 2 Folder : 17 [Correspondence, Mock Ups, etc.]
1987-1988
Box: 2 Folder : 18 Epoxy Artists
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 19 Epoxy: Bio-Material
1987-1988
Box: 6 Folder : 12 Epoxy: Bio- Material
1987-1998
Box: 2 Folder : 20 Epoxy Memo [1 of 3]
1984-1986
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Epoxy Memo [2 of 3]
1984-1986
Box: 2 Folder : 22 Epoxy Memo [3 of 3]
1984-1986
Box: 2 Folder : 23 Epoxy Slide Show
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Epoxy [writing in Chinese- from Art Project]
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Flyers and Correspondence
1986-1987
Box: 3 Folder : 3 [Large photographs of Epoxy members in masks, logos, etc.]
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 13 [Large Photographs of Epoxy Members in Art Masks, logos, etc]
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Ledger [Business Records] [1 of 2]
1983-1987
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Ledger [Business Records] [2 of 2]
1983-1987
Box: 3 Folder : 6 [Loose Material Removed from Blue Green Binder]
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Ming Fay [Slide Show] Epoxy Hammer 1983
1983
Box: 6 Folder : 14 [Out on their Ears Poster]
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 8 [Packet from San Francisco Art Institute]
1990
Box: 3 Folder : 9 [Photocopies of Press Releases and Art]
1987
Box: 3 Folder : 10 [Photographs of Epoxy Members in Art Masks]
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 11 [Photographs of Collective and Negatives from their art] [1 of 3]
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 12 [Photographs of Collective and Negatives from their Work] [2 of 3]
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 13 [Photogtaphs of Collective and Negatives from their work] [3 of 3]
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 14 [Small Drawings] [1 of 3]
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 15 [Small Drawings] [2 of 3]
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 16 [Small Drawings] [3 of 3]
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 17 [Untitled Slide Show]
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 18 Wu Lu Man (Epoxy) [Slide Show]
undated
Box
4
 

Subseries B: Photo Binder [organizational material and photos removed from blue green binder]

Subseries C: Objects

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Object : ID: 367.2.0001 Small Epoxy Stamp
undated
Box: 5 Object : ID: 367.2.0002 "Epoxy Art Group P.O. B 879; Canal St. Sta. NY, NY 10013" stamp
undated
Box: 5 Object : ID: 367.2.0003 Larger Epoxy Stamp
undated
Box: 5 Object : ID: 367.2.0004 Trodat printy stamp pad
undated
Box: 5 Object : ID: 367.2.0005 Kwik Stamp II pad
undated
item: ID: 367.2.0006 Roll-Storage : Photo collage artwork

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Series III: Media

Conditions Governing Access

Audiovisual materials have not been preserved and may not be available to researchers.

Scope and Content

Epoxy Art Group Records' includes one cassette tape, which has been separated into its own series primarily for preservation reasons.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Media : ID: 367.0001 Chinese Artists in NYC at Hammer Quist Gallery

Conditions Governing Access

Currently unavailable until duplication occurs.

1983

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