“The Hong Seon Jang’s Labyrinth exhibition at the David B. Smith Gallery in Denver, Colorado, showcases two unique collections curated specifically for the show, as well as a selection of his other work.
The New York-based artist traditionally forgoes the use of the usual artist’s materials of choice in favor of reworking mundane, man-made objects.
The ‘Black Forest’ collection, which Jang created as part of the exhibition, features multiple layers of overlapping, translucent tape pasted onto a black chalkboard. He makes another interesting material choice in his ‘Black Ruin’ project, which is also part of his solo show. By gingerly placing hot glue across a canvas, the artist adds flair to his work. Both of these projects fuse man with nature through the use of non-natural materials used to convey the environment which the artist is inspired by.”
“designboom has received an exclusive sneak peak of new york city-based artist hong seon jang’s upcoming solo show at david b. smith gallery in denver, colorado, USA. the exhibition is an assemblage of jang’s mixed-media sculptures and includes his tape drawings, decorated thread sculptures and a miniature cityscape formed from letterpress pieces. the artist’s elaborate installations transform every-day objects into actualizations that evoke both natural and man-made scenes.
in his tape drawing ‘black forest’, jang layers a typically transparent item until a ghostly wooded alcove is manifested upon a black chalkboard. with ‘black mirage’, the artist uses clear string, zig-zagging across the gallery space, to create the framework for darkened hot glue to adhere to. the effect is something like a man-made moss, growing upon the walls of the installation. again in ‘type city’, the artist re-imagines mass-produced materials, playing with the objects’ initial forms in order to create a whimsical, diminutive metropolis reminiscent of his new york city home.”
We are pleased to announce an in-depth feature of Hong Seon Jang in the Spring 2012 issue of Modern In Denver magazine. The piece chronicles aspects of Jang’s practice and covers many of his most ambitious works to date. This feature sets the stage for his upcoming exhibition at David B. Smith Gallery, which will include a new series of Jang’s acclaimed tape drawings and mixed-media sculptural works. In addition, the artist will be in residence at the gallery for a week completing two largescale site-specific installations. This exhibition of new works will open May 4th, 2012.
The article can be read in its entirety by visiting the Modern in Denverwebsite.
Liz Miller: “Recalcitrant Mimesis” at David B. Smith Gallery
art ltd. Magazine, Michael Paglia
March/April 2012, p. 31
“….To celebrate its opening,the Clyfford Still Museum partnered with select regional museums and galleries to present shows that pay homage to Still. Most of these exhibits focus on abstract painting, which makes Liz Miller’s “Recalcitrant Mimesis” at the David B. Smith Gallery the most unusual of the lot in that it’s anchored by a spectacular and monumental installation….”
We were delighted to receive a review by Michael Paglia for Liz Miller’s current exhibition Recalcitrant Mimesis. Paglia states, “…The whole thing is spectacular, and I stopped dead in my tracks when I walked through the gallery’s front door and took it all in…”
“The November opening of the Clyfford Still Museum has invigorated the local art scene in Denver, CO, but long before the commotion, David B. Smith Gallery has consistently provided the region with cutting-edge contemporary art. As part of a city-wide initiative to celebrate the opening of the Still museum, the gallery enlisted the help of Liz Miller. The mixed-media artist crafted an exhibition that pays respect to the great abstract expressionist by venturing beyond mere tribute and keeping Still’s rebellious spirit intact.
Miller turned the gallery space into a navigable jungle for Recalcitrant Mimesis, featuring an immaculate installation and delicate works employing a variety of materials. “Mimesis,” meaning mimicry or superficial resemblance, accurately represents the work and how Still’s influence is merely a stepping stone rather than a bible.
The work takes thematic cues from Still, such as his palette and lively brush strokes, transforming them through the use of new media. And yet, while on the surface it references Still, Miller manages to create her own distinct experience. The work accompanying the installation clearly shows Miller’s perspective, leaving the viewer striving to contextualize the forms while failing to mutter a single thought. There are elements that are familiar, but making total sense out of the figures would be a fruitless and frankly misguided task to take on.
Though Miller’s works with pre-existing shapes, her removal of forms from their original context creates a world free of presumption. Though it is technically a collaborative effort by the Still museum and the gallery, “Recalcitrant Mimesis” is capable of standing on its own two feet, enjoying the sunlight as opposed to existing in Still’s shadow.”
“One of the fringe benefits of having the new Clyfford Still Museum in Denver is all of the sideshows that will come along as part of the package, starting with Liz Miller’s site-specific installation “Recalcitrant Mimesis” now at the David B. Smith Gallery. Miller uses Still’s expressive brushstrokes as inspiration for her paper-based constructions. Unlike Still’s work, they bounce off the walls in three-dimensional form. But they share his spirit and his expressive choices of shapes and colors.“
The Joan Mitchell Foundation has announced the twenty-five recipients of the 2011 Painters & Sculptors Grant Program in the amount of $25,000 each. The Painters & Sculptors Grant Program was established in 1993 to assist individual artists. The grants are given to acknowledge painters and sculptors creating work of exceptional quality, and “are under-recognized for their artistic achievements.”
The candidates’ images were viewed for consideration through an anonymous process by a jury panel that convened in November at the office of the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Nominators and jurors include prominent visual artists, curators, and arts educators.
This coming January, David B. Smith Gallery is proud to present Recalcitrant Mimesis, a site-specific installation by Liz Miller in association with the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, Colorado.
Excerpted: At Pulse, South Korean artist Hong Seon Jang, with Denver’s David B. Smith Gallery, had spent the whole day constructing Black Mirage, a towering, ethereal waterfall of spider web thin black threads — made with a hot glue gun — cascading over another transparent, ladder-like web of fishing line stapled to the wall. At the end of the fair, it will come down, too delicate to move.
“An idea doesn’t exist. Then you make it tangible form, then you take it down and it doesn’t exist any more,” Jang said. “Like magic.”
Small Worlds Preview Party: Down the Rabbit Hole
November 17 | 6:30–9:30 p.m., Libbey Court, Gallery 1
(pre-party for President’s Council members at 5:30 p.m.)
Big and small, come try it all! Immerse yourself in a magical Museum world where things aren’t always the size they should be. Join us for an evening of live music and dancing, delicious snacks and cash bar, and a preview of the Small Worlds exhibition. Purchase tickets (members free/$20 nonmembers) at the door or by calling 419-255-8000 ext. 7448.
FREE Presentation: Gregory Euclide
November 18, 7:30 P.M., Little Theater
Visit the Small Worlds exhibition, then hear artist Gregory Euclide talk about his work and the site-specific installation he created for TMA.