Magazine article Sculpture

SEATTLE: Haegue Yang

Magazine article Sculpture

SEATTLE: Haegue Yang

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Seattle Haegue Yang Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington

South Korean-born and Berlin-based multimedia artist Haegue Yang has proved her mettle. With a clever imagination, she has shown that she can assemble unique and, at times, puzzling works characterized by a cool ambition. Following the concerns of traditional women's work, she pays close attention to common household objects and wraps them in colored fabric; but she also quotes from and interprets scattered ideologies from the early 20th-century avant-garde. She combines her own spunky energy with the European intellectual tradition and then adds an element of the unexpected as in Series of Vulnerable Arrangements- Voice and Wind (2009), a beautiful multi-sensory installation with Venetian blinds and a wind machine that emitted various scents (Korean pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale).

Her recent exhibition introduced a different look into her work. This was a solemn show, featuring just two pieces installed in a single room- Towers on String-Variant Dispersed (2012/2013) and the large wallpaper piece Field of Teleportation (2011), made in collaboration with designer Manuel Raeder. Towers on String relied on a traditional aesthetic of balance and harmony, achieved with variously colored Venetian blinds suspended from the ceiling. The multitiered configuration was elegant and noble. It was not overtly obvious but intuitively felt that this almost atmospheric formation captured a Korean aesthetic, though the tones were much darker and cooler in temperament than that country's bright ceremonial colors. …

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