Instrument Press Release

Instrument Press Release

A solo show by Hong Seon Jang

 

Munch Gallery is pleased to present ‘Instrument’ – a solo exhibition of new work by Hong Seon Jang. Please join us Sunday February 9th from 5-7 pm for the opening reception and to meet the artist. We have been collaborating with Jang since 2011, and proudly featured his work in two group shows in 2012/13 . This is the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery and 6 sculptural installation pieces will be on view. In this body of work, Jang forms new constellations by removing objects from their original environment and combining them in unsettling passages - but never within a fixed thematic context. The detachment becomes an exploration of grounds and origins, and examines the polarity between function and pursuit.

Hong Seon Jang is a multidisciplinary artist based in New York City. Recently, he has shown his work in a solo exhibition at Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA and formed the collaborative project ‘In Making’ at Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Jamaica, NY. He holds a MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a BFA from Dan Kook University in South Korea.

Artist Statement
My work explores the recognition of surroundings and reflects vulnerability in life by transforming everyday objects into new forms. My work consists of sculptures and installations often made out of common products, found objects, and manufactured objects. I emphasize specific aspects of found objects that surround us and I suggest a potential opening for them in the art context. I play with what makes something ‘good’ in one context and ‘bad’ in another. Almost everything has multiple associations and new possibilities that result from being reused or repurposed. This process redefines the function, role, and meaning that we commonly recognize with these everyday objects. By incorporating and manipulating the objects, I intend to introduce the idea of distortion and the subversion of traditional meanings while proposing a discussion about the object’s material value, and the subsequent value of the time, history, place, and event that the object is meant to commemorate in everyday life.