On Fertile Ground (The wing Lee Yuen Truck Farms) Photographs by Douglas J Eng.


New exhibition

Opening reception: August 29, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m.


Artist’s Statement

On Fertile Ground: The Wing Lee Yuen Truck Farm, a series of photographs that chronicles memories in a poignant tribute to what was once one of the largest sites in the country for the production and shipping of Chinese fruits and vegetables. Founded by three brothers, one of whom was Jung Fie Ng, the artist’s grandfather,in the 1940s, the farm shipped its produce throughout the United States and to Canada.


As a child, Eng visited the farm with his family almost weekly in what was a long pilgrimage across town to the Northside and then down a dirt road to what seemed at the time to be a vast and almost endless expanse populated by a huge barn, four houses, a shed and other outlying structures. In fact, the property encompassed three hundred acres. Into adulthood, fourteen years passed before Eng returned and by then the farm had ceased production and was being sold for development after sixty-five vibrant years.



The series is the result of a foggy morning in August as the artist was alone with his camera, thoughts and reminiscences. He realized that soon everything would be gone, from tools and tractors to baskets and bottles. Eng documented and collected evidence of the past as he also celebrates its many recollections.



Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, August 29, from 5-7pm

at the Lufrano Intercultural Gallery, Building 58 E, 2nd Floor, Room 2401.



Exhibition Dates: August 15, 2014 - December 5, 2014



Gallery Information: Monday - Thursday 9am to 5pm, Fridays 9am to 3pm