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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating Ocula Conversation Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating

Zoe Butt is the artistic director of The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in Ho Chi Minh City, the first purpose-built space for contemporary art in Vietnam. Founded in March 2016, the Centre was designed by HTAP Architects in an old steel warehouse, with cargo shipping containers added to its structure. Initiated as a social enterprise...

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Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 Ocula Report Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 11 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

即将于2019年7月13开幕的第二届 Condo Shanghai,联合上海7座画廊/艺术机构与14 家来自全球11个不同的城市,如东京、首尔、雅加达、巴尔的摩、洛杉矶、伦敦、纽约、危地马拉城、利马和墨西哥城,为实验性展览营造了一个更切实可行的国际环境。以下是Ocula的展览看点。周奥,《景观/对象WA》(2016)。橡木上固化油墨打印,左: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,中: 121.92 × 152.4 cm,右: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,图片提供:马凌画廊,上海。马凌画廊 × 80m2 Livia Benavides × LABOR × Proyectos Ultravioleta马凌画廊 |...

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Haegue Yang

b. 1971, South Korea

Haegue Yang is an artist known for her subtle use of mundane objects within sensory installations. Yang graduated with a BFA from Seoul National University, then attended Städelschule Frankfurt am Main, Germany, receiving an MFA in 1999. Today, she lives and works in Seoul and Berlin.

Yang’s work often incorporates ordinary items such as lightbulbs, clothing racks, industrial fans and blinds. Of these objects, venetian blinds have become a key part of her most recognised works. Yang first used venetian blinds in 2006 to capture her now longstanding interest in kinetic sculpture. Suspended from the ceiling or arranged in a structure, the blinds usually invite the viewer to navigate through them. Inside the installation, the viewer becomes aware of the play between light and shadow while fans create further motion, heightening the smell and humidity in the air. Objects quotidian in nature mediate the senses, prompting the onlooker to reimagine not only the objects’ function but also the space they create.

An international artist who has spent most of her adulthood outside her homeland, Yang shows particular interests in migration and diaspora, drawing inspiration from various cultures for her work. Instead of considering one culture at a time, however, she makes multiple cultural references in one work. The way she shapes her work resembles the manner of migration; it is as though the sculpture travels and serves as a medium in which elements of different cultures converge. While these elements do not contradict each other, they are disparate—as unlike each other as a Native American medicine man figure and Igor Stravinsky’s ballet and orchestral work The Rite of Spring (1993). Yang merges differences into one entity—a hybrid that transcends time and place.

A common feature many of Yang’s works share is their iterations. Some are part of a single collection, such as Medicine Men (2010) and her ‘Sonic’ sculpture series (2013–ongoing). Others like Storage Piece (2004) and The Malady of Death (2008–ongoing) are reborn throughout the years. With The Malady of Death in particular, Yang demonstrates her versatility by venturing into the realm of performance and conducting a stage reading. Inspired by Marguerite Duras’ 1982 novella of the same name, the reading is as much a new experience for the viewer as it is for the artist herself. Each performance features a different reader and stage, and each iteration holds a different revelation about the novella.

On her philosophy as an artist, Yang explained in her 2014 conversation with Ocula Magazine that art should be an experience, though not necessarily understood. Hence, abstraction is the primary language in her works. However, this does not mean she deliberately creates enigmas. In fact, Yang seeks to invoke in her audience an experience of senses—feelings that may not be understood in words. She calls the process ‘empowerment’: first drawing the viewer into her work—be it an installation of venetian blinds or a collection of sculptures—then granting to the viewer autonomy to freely navigate and realise the space’s full potential.

Before Yang came to prominence internationally, she received recognition as the recipient of the 2005 Cremer Prize and the Baloise Prize in 2007. Her breakthrough was in 2009 when she represented South Korea at the 53rd Venice Biennale, where she was also the first female artist to represent the country. Since then, her works have been exhibited internationally, including dOCUMENTA 13 (2012), the 8th Gwangju Biennale (2010) and the 9th Taipei Biennial (2014). Yang has also been shown in solo and group exhibitions at institutions such as Haus der Kunst, Munich (2012–13) and Bergen Kunsthall (2013).

Sherry Paik | Ocula | 2017
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Featured Artworks

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Edibles - Cold Storage, Fresh Pick, Lime Leaf, 50g by Haegue Yang contemporary artwork
Haegue YangEdibles - Cold Storage, Fresh Pick, Lime Leaf, 50g, 2019 Vegetable pressed on paper, framed
57.5 x 57.5 x 4 cm (incl frame)
STPI
The Intermediate—Adorned Frosty by Haegue Yang contemporary artwork
Haegue YangThe Intermediate—Adorned Frosty, 2018 Powder-coated stainless steel frame, powder-coated metal grid, plastic twine
Para Site
Edibles - Cold Storage, Fresh Pick, Curry
Leaves, 50g by Haegue Yang contemporary artwork
Haegue YangEdibles - Cold Storage, Fresh Pick, Curry Leaves, 50g, 2019 Vegetable pressed on paper, framedgsm paper
57.5 x 57.5 x 4 cm (incl frame)
STPI
The Intermediate—Ringed Extravaganza Shield by Haegue Yang contemporary artwork
Haegue YangThe Intermediate—Ringed Extravaganza Shield, 2018 Powder-coated stainless steel frame, powder-coated metal grid, plastic twine, bells
210 x 117 x 67 cm
Kukje Gallery
The Intermediate—Frosty Walking 
Compartmented Container by Haegue Yang contemporary artwork
Haegue YangThe Intermediate—Frosty Walking Compartmented Container, 2018 Powder-coated stainless steel frame, powder-coated metal grid, plastic twine, bells
141 x 108 x 105 cm
Kukje Gallery
Hardware Store Collage – Y-Mag Hair Dryers, In-Ear Headphones and Selfie Sticks #1 by Haegue Yang contemporary artwork
Haegue YangHardware Store Collage – Y-Mag Hair Dryers, In-Ear Headphones and Selfie Sticks #1, 2018 Clippings from electronics market catalogues on chromolux paper, mounted on alu-dibond, framed
36.2 x 51.2 cm
Kukje Gallery
Sonic Clotheshorse – Dressage #1 by Haegue Yang contemporary artwork
Haegue YangSonic Clotheshorse – Dressage #1, 2018 Powder-coated aluminum stand, powder-coated metal grid, casters, brass and nickel plated bells, metal rings
153 x 57 x 74 cm
Kukje Gallery
Sol LeWitt Upside Down – Five Unit Cross, Expanded 48 Times by Haegue Yang contemporary artwork
Haegue YangSol LeWitt Upside Down – Five Unit Cross, Expanded 48 Times, 2017 AAluminium venetian blinds, powder-coated aluminium hanging structure, steel wire rope, LED tubes, cable
145 x 283 x 283 cm
Kukje Gallery

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, An Opera for Animals at Para Site, Hong Kong
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22 June–25 August 2019 Group Show An Opera for Animals Para Site, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Looks Good on Paper at STPI, Singapore
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19 November–23 December 2016 Group Exhibition Looks Good on Paper STPI, Singapore

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Liverpool Biennial 2018: How to Make a Beautiful World Ocula Report Liverpool Biennial 2018: How to Make a Beautiful World 23 Aug 2018 : Eleanor Wiseman for Ocula

The Liverpool Biennial, which opened 14 July and runs to 28 October, is celebrating its tenth edition with a question. The show's title, Beautiful world, where are you?, comes from Friedrich Schiller's poetic work invoking the Greek gods, Die Götter Griechenlands, or The Gods of Greece. Written in 1788, Schiller's text was set to music by Franz...

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City Report: Berlin Ocula Report City Report: Berlin 7 November 2017

Berlin-based Ocula contributor Rachael Vance selects her top five institutional shows currently on display in Germany's capital.KW Institute for Contemporary Art Willem de Rooij, Whiteout 14 September–17 December 2017 Eric Bell & Kristoffer Frick, Compound 13 September–17 December 2017Known for his films, photography, sound-recordings and...

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Haegue Yang Ocula Conversation Haegue Yang Artist, South Korea

For Haegue Yang, 2015 was a rather hectic year. Along with participating in major art events, such as the Biennale de Lyon, the Sharjah Biennial and the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Yang has also put together four solo shows around the world; including two extensive institutional exhibitions in Asia at the Ullens Center for...

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Aaron Seeto Ocula Conversation Aaron Seeto Curatorial Manager of Asian and Pacific Art, QAGOMA

This month the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane, Australia, plays host to the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8). Renowned as a platform for surveying the vast geographic expanse of Asian and Pacific contemporary art, the triennial continues to uphold a long-term commitment to the region....

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In Related Press

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Haegue Yang: Tracing Movement Related Press Haegue Yang: Tracing Movement The Brooklyn Rail : 20 May 2019

One difference between a diagram and a tracing is their relationship to abstraction. To diagram is to anticipate the production of something new, and a diagram's information can be read selectively. To trace is to attempt to capture the totality of a formation as something absent. Haegue Yang's exhibition Tracing Movement is marked by a tension...

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Tate Will Give Five Women Major Solo Exhibitions in the Next Two Years Related Press Tate Will Give Five Women Major Solo Exhibitions in the Next Two Years Hyperallergic : 4 March 2019

Tate has revealed that five large-scale solo exhibitions for women artists are currently in development, all of which will open during the 2020–2021 season. The announcement comes perfectly-timed for the beginning of Women's History Month and the launched of the #5WomenArtists campaign by Washington DC's National Museum of Women in the Arts.

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Haegue Yang Waxes Poetic About Her Exhibition with Fondazione Furla Related Press Haegue Yang Waxes Poetic About Her Exhibition with Fondazione Furla Forbes : 10 September 2018

Last Friday, Fondazione Furla unveiled Tightrope Walking and Its Wordless Shadow, a new exhibition by Korean artist Haegue Yang at the La Triennale di Milano, one of the biggest design museums in Milan.Created in 2008 by Furla, the Milan-based accessories manufacturer, Fondazione Furla is meant to showcase the company's relation with the art...

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Haegue Yang’s “Quasi-ESP” Related Press Haegue Yang’s “Quasi-ESP” art agenda : 1 December 2017

Not having a story to tell from the beginning or possibly starting from the middle is how Taoism describes time: continuity without a starting point. Stories abbreviate and expand in "intensiveness," a term Haegue Yang uses, in dialogue with Jimmie Durham, to describe a mode that, similarly to belief, can exist beyond linear narrative...

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