May 04, 2012

Hong Seon Jang "Labyrinth" exhibition at David B. Smith Gallery

Hong Seon Jang

May 4 - June 16, 2012

Opening reception: May 4 from 7-9 pm
Free and open to the public

David B. Smith Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by artist Hong Seon Jang. The exhibition will feature a series of Jang's acclaimed tape drawings, print editions, mixed-media sculptural works, and two ambitious site-specific installations for which Jang is in residence at the gallery for a week to install. Expanding on notions of transformation, energy flow, and materiality, Jang employs mundane materials and everyday objects in his practice, playing off viewers' visual expectations and the material possibilities inherent in the objects that casually surround us.

Jang suggests through his works that, in addition to the potential for beauty in the banal, concepts of fragility, creation, and extinction, while typically aspects of the natural world, are not irrelevant to us. By introducing these topics through the things we use on a daily basis, Jang plays with concepts of civilization, functionality, and order. He de-contextualizes classroom, office, and informational materials, such as National Geographic magazine, and repurposes them within a larger conversation encompassing topics of life and death, renewal and development, and creation and extinction. Though these subjects may seem to be the stuff of cosmic enterprise or perhaps of Hobbes' State of Nature, Jang argues that we aren't as far from these dichotomies as we might think, despite the veneer of our civilization.

The exhibition will run from May 4 - June 16, 2012, and a beautiful full-color catalogue, available for sale in late-May, will be produced on the occasion of the exhibition. Please join us for a reception with Hong Seon Jang celebrating these exciting new works, to be held at the gallery on Friday, May 4, from 7-9 pm.

David B. Smith Gallery
1543 A Wazee Street Denver,
CO 80202
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