Hong Seon Jang

Korea, Republic Of 1971


Hong Seon Jang
Hong Seon Jang
Korea, Republic Of
December 1, 2014

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.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014Waxed WanedDavid B. Smith Gallery, Denver, COSolo
2014InstrumentMunch Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2014Between WallsMeet Factory, Prague, Czech Republic Group
2014PulpCohen Gallery at Alfred University, Alfred, NYGroup
2013UntitledSecond Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA Solo
2013In makingThe Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Jamaica, NYSolo
2013A Sense of PlaceWellin Museum of Art, Clinton, NYGroup
2013Debris FieldCastle Gallery , The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NYGroup
2013Plastic Memory 10022Gallery Korea, New York, NYGroup
2013Munch RepresentsMunch Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2013Thanks Lu Magnus, New York, NYGroup
2013The Moment for InkFine Arts Gallery, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CAGroup
2012LabyrinthDavid B. Smith Gallery, Denver, COSolo
2012Ahl StarsDean Project, New York, NYGroup
2012Big Queens Drawing ShowJamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Jamaica, NYGroup
2012Leaning into the VerseMunch Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2012NO Other MedicineNew York Studio Gallery, New York, NY Group
2012Mediated RealitiesCohen Gallery, the Granoff Center at Brown University, Providence, RIGroup
2011Sugar HighThe Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, MDSolo
2011Chashama Windows ProgramDonnell New York Public Library, New York, NYSolo
2011Treemendous, The Carriage HouseIslip Art Museum, East Islip, NYGroup
2011EAF11Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NYGroup
2011Working Space 11, Intuitive RealitiesCuchifritos gallery, New York, NYGroup
2011Summer Group ShowDavid B. Smith gallery, Denver, COGroup
2011Site 92Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY Group
2011Observed, Imagined and Re createdLongwood Arts Project, Bronx, NY Group
2011NURTURE art benefit showZieherSmith Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2011IrrelevantArario Gallery, New York, NY Group
2011What RemainsThe Soap Factory, minneapolis, MN Group
2011If You See Nothing, Say SomethingThe Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2010ZipstirDickson Gallery, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC Solo
2010Rainbow ForestArtspace, New Haven, CT Solo
2010Projects '09Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NYSolo
2009Two Degrees of Separation Gallery SATORI, New York, NYGroup
2009Into the LifeSylvia Wald and Po Kim Art Gallery, New York, NY Group
2009BorderlineRush Arts Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2009USB, Contemporary Korean Art in the WorldHangaram Art Museum, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2009Project Studio ArtistsGallery 201 at PS 122, New York, NY Group
2008Benefit show with 122 art worksPS122 Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2008Essence of AbsenceGallery Korea, Korean Cultural Center, New York, NYGroup