A Universe is a giant bottle gourd made of earth (cob and lime plaster over a steel frame). You can enter at either of the two ends; inside, there are large feet, hands, and heads lining the walls, resembling a body turned outside in. When it rains, water streams into channels carved on its outside walls and down to the 16 windows (8 on each side), where there are cups that fill up, tip, spill, hit notes, and make music. Beam Camp, Strafford, N.HFor complete documentation of the process, research, and prototyping: http://beamcamp.cargo.site/ ~ due to COVID-19, building has been postponed until Summer 2021.


Inspired by virtual reality, anonymity, and the desire to connect, I=N=T=E=R=F=A=C=E is a multimedia performance staged in a dinner cabaret as a gathering space for ritual and spectacle. As an immersive experience, moments of intimacy is our gamble. Yale Cabaret, New Haven, CT ~ 2019 


Maya & the Mycelial Network ~ 2018 ~ At The Range, Saguache, C.O.

    *    *    *    *    *    *

    beneath the dirt

    is a cavernous empty mind


    to colonize free gaps

    “There is only one reason why the world was faked”

    the child said

    her mycelium stretched and meshed

    focusing her fruits

    into stories


Teaching Garden - as a Beam Center instructor, in collaboration with teachers and staff at Andreas Hudde (I.S.240) in Brooklyn, we envisioned and facilitated the making of an outdoors classroom–garden for students of each grade level to design and build structures for. The students are asked to reflect on their personal growth and learning, using gardening as a metaphor for cultivating the world they want to live in. Their reflections in quotes, writings, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and adaptations dress the structures, turning the garden into a sculptural-classroom-garden. Fall 2017 - Spring 2018. 

The Cosmos of Seeds - Paintings, Sculptures, and a Chapbook "Sculptures of Arhat" by Ye Qin Zhu. ~2017~ At The Hand Gallery, Brooklyn, N.Y.

A Maze - Beam Center kids and I made a maze. We shredded, blended, threw paper pulp and all sorts of materials into a vacuum bag. The vacuum formed paper became the walls of a maze. The kids played tag and hide-and-seek in it. Summer 2017. For complete documentation, go here.

YE MANDALA - Works made in Summer 2016 by Ye Qin Zhu in collaboration with Sofia Huang (his 8 year old cousin). Texts by Ye Qin Zhu. For complete documentation, go here.

The Eternity of Dragonflies - An installation in the exhibition "Office Space", curated by Esteban Cabeza de Baca at 28 Liberty Street, NY. Materials: one way mirror films, hot glue, fluorescent light bulbs, and extension cords. 2016.

A Structure for Plants and Art to Grow On (through the seasons) - from 2014 to 2016 my brother Qin Qin and I started an art school called Redwood Art Studio. With an emphasis on exploration and personal growth, Elisha Lopez, Qin, and I taught drawing and painting to the kids in the community we grew up in, Sunset Park (Brooklyn). Made of bamboo and wire, the structure stood in the front yard of the school. The drawings and paintings displayed were made by our students.

Live/Work Die Hard - Works by Ye Qin Zhu, Piotr Shtyk, Joshua Weibly, and Stephen Madden. Curated and conceived by Ye Qin Zhu and Piotr Shtyk. 2012. For complete documentation, go here.

Stud Site Two - 2011 - Second encounter with an oversized steel stud.

For documentation and text, go here

Stud Site One - 2010 - An oversized steel stud is affixed to the side of The Cube.

For documentation and text, go here

Ye Qin Zhu  ©  2020