Ran Hwang: “Game of Artifice”
February 17, 2015 - April 5, 2015
Location: Cardenas Gallery
Artist: Ran Hwang
McAllen, TX- McAllen, TX-Beginning Tuesday, February 17, 2015, IMAS visitors will have the rare opportunity to witness and participate in the creation process of an installation piece by Korean artist Ran Hwang. The culmination of the project will be the unveiling of the new piece in an opening reception on Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in which IMAS Members and the public are welcomed to attend.
Ran Hwang kicks off the museum’s newly introduced Artist in Residency Program by spending a total of 19 days in McAllen to create a unique installation piece titled Game of Artifice at IMAS’ Cardenas gallery with the assistance of volunteers like local artists, professors and art students from the University of Texas-Pan American and South Texas College. IMAS visitors will be encouraged to interact with Hwang by asking the artist questions and coming in contact with the art itself. After the completed work’s introduction, the piece will remain installed for only 30 days, and will be subsequently uninstalled so as to end the cycle of the process followed by Ran Hwang.
Hwang utilizes materials from the Fashion Industry like pins, buttons, thread, light, and color in order to give birth to her signature birds, vases, or Buddha’s. For her the process of creation is one of self-meditation so as to reach a state of Zen. Her works can be placed into two categories; one where buttons demonstrate the “human tendency to be irresolute” and the other where thread constructs “filled negative space…[that] suggests mortality at the heart of self-recognition”
Born in the Republic of Korea in 1960, Hwang currently lives and works in both, Seoul and New York City. She studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and attended the Graduate School of Fine Arts at Chung-Ang University in Seoul. She has exhibited at several international institutions including the Queens Museum of Art, the MASS MoCA, the Third Floor-Hermès, and the Seoul Arts Center Museum. Hwang’s work is also part of numerous private and public collections including The Brooklyn Museum, the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, the Hammond Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, and the Des Moines Art Center.
Ran Hwang will be at IMAS creating her installation and available to interact with the public from February 17 to March 5, 2015. Admission to IMAS is $7/Adult, $5/Senior Citizen or Student w. ID, $4/Child (4-12), and FREE for IMAS Members. For more information, please visit www.imasonline.org or call (956) 682-0123.