Hong Seon Jang is an installation artist born in 1971 in South Korea, whose artwork consists of installations often made out of found objects and common products, inspired by the idea of similarities between human and non-human life forms regarding structures, symbols, and patterns.
Jang received his Master of Fine Arts in Imaging Art at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, and he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Dan Kook University in South Korea.
Inspired by life’s fragility and transient nature, Hong Seon Jang creates artworks from a variety of manmade materials, which include tape, metal type, aluminum foil, and string. He re-creates or manipulates the materials into a likeness of natural forms to embody new contexts of physical existence, in a sense, mimicking the fundamental force of survival and growth. In giving these everyday things new meanings and aesthetic possibilities, he strives to actively practice the concepts of the Eastern philosophies of the circulatory life system and the continuous flow of connections.
Jang emphasizes specific aspects of found objects and suggests a potential opening for them in the art context. By incorporating and manipulating the objects, he introduces 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. The variability of Jang’s works deals with perception of environment and space. ‘I create works that evoke a fundamental recognition of our space and environment and imply physical vulnerability in our daily life’, as Jang states. By introducing topics of fragility, creation, and extinction through the things we use on a daily basis, Jang plays with concepts of civilization, functionality, and order.
Seeking to express the impermanence of physical existence, Hong’s works frequently depict natural phenomenon constructed via ephemeral media. 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 and renewal and development. 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.
Hong Seon Jang has been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at many institutions. He currently lives and works in New York City.
|2014||Waxed Waned||David B. Smith Gallery, Denver, CO||Solo|
|2014||Instrument||Munch Gallery, New York, NY||Solo|
|2014||Between Walls||Meet Factory, Prague, Czech Republic||Group|
|2014||Pulp||Cohen Gallery at Alfred University, Alfred, NY||Group|
|2013||Untitled||Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA||Solo|
|2013||In making||The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Jamaica, NY||Solo|
|2013||A Sense of Place||Wellin Museum of Art, Clinton, NY||Group|
|2013||Debris Field||Castle Gallery , The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY||Group|
|2013||Plastic Memory 10022||Gallery Korea, New York, NY||Group|
|2013||Munch Represents||Munch Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2013||Thanks||Lu Magnus, New York, NY||Group|
|2013||The Moment for Ink||Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2012||Labyrinth||David B. Smith Gallery, Denver, CO||Solo|
|2012||Ahl Stars||Dean Project, New York, NY||Group|
|2012||Big Queens Drawing Show||Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Jamaica, NY||Group|
|2012||Leaning into the Verse||Munch Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2012||NO Other Medicine||New York Studio Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2012||Mediated Realities||Cohen Gallery, the Granoff Center at Brown University, Providence, RI||Group|
|2011||Sugar High||The Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD||Solo|
|2011||Chashama Windows Program||Donnell New York Public Library, New York, NY||Solo|
|2011||Treemendous, The Carriage House||Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY||Group|
|2011||EAF11||Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY||Group|
|2011||Working Space 11, Intuitive Realities||Cuchifritos gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2011||Summer Group Show||David B. Smith gallery, Denver, CO||Group|
|2011||Site 92||Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY||Group|
|2011||Observed, Imagined and Re created||Longwood Arts Project, Bronx, NY||Group|
|2011||NURTURE art benefit show||ZieherSmith Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2011||Irrelevant||Arario Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2011||What Remains||The Soap Factory, minneapolis, MN||Group|
|2011||If You See Nothing, Say Something||The Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, NY||Group|
|2010||Zipstir||Dickson Gallery, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC||Solo|
|2010||Rainbow Forest||Artspace, New Haven, CT||Solo|
|2010||Projects '09||Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY||Solo|
|2009||Two Degrees of Separation||Gallery SATORI, New York, NY||Group|
|2009||Into the Life||Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Art Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2009||Borderline||Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2009||USB, Contemporary Korean Art in the World||Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul, Korea||Group|
|2009||Project Studio Artists||Gallery 201 at PS 122, New York, NY||Group|
|2008||Benefit show with 122 art works||PS122 Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2008||Essence of Absence||Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Center, New York, NY||Group|