JIAE HWANG. RISE ABOVE:
NOVEMBER 24, 2013-JANUARY 20, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION SUNDAY NOVEMBER 24, 2013. FROM 2 - 10PM
Central Fine Miami Beach presents Rise Above:. A solo project by Jiae Hwang.
In Rise Above: Hwang explores the demand implicit in the phrase, and the expectations to perform accordingly. By ‘rising above’ one is expected to confront another well-known demand: Sink or Swim.
Hwang, (referred to as 'the artist') proceeds to approach that demand as a sort of linguistic and cultural ready-made, and purposefully interprets it in another way: Rise becomes Rice. In that space, a phonetic interpretation that misreads the initial demand goes in full-force into what the artist calls ‘another type of translation’ bringing the artist’s subjectivity in contrast with the sentence's imperiousness.
In her works, Hwang proceeds to throw, and later trace, remove and paint Rice on top of large colored silk pieces. This gesture, to throw rice, is an auspicious act in the West, but in Korea, where Hwang was born, throwing rice is a disrespectful gesture towards economy, labor and tradition. To throw it on top of silk would be an even greater offense, as it would imply a negative handling of highly charged economic/symbolic elements. Hwang doesn’t go for that, but rather pursues the space where misinterpretation brings forward new meaning. Shortly: Fashion, Dry-cleaning, Silk painting, trade, are all faced as cultural pockets.
In the exhibition, Hwang presents a YouTube-found looped video of penguins jumping onto an iceberg. The penguins are expected to rise above it, but instead they slide, fall, or swim back into the ocean, behaving like fish, unable to fly like other birds.
In Jiae Hwang’s project concepts such as reading, performance, language, expectations, all are translated and interpreted through a view that emphasizes equality. For her, To Rice is the same as To Rise, the trompe l’oeil of rice is placed on equal terms on top of the Ready-Made ground, the Ready-Made ground meets Color Field abstraction, and Color Field Abstraction encounters a ‘Colored Field’ and non-gender specificity in the silk's peach blossom, or navy businessman's tones.
Jiae Hwang was born in Seoul, South Korea. Her work was included in Aesthetics and Value, at the Frost Museum, Miami, FL; New Work Miami, Miami Art Museum, FL; Optic Nerve, MOCA NOMI, Miami; El Museo de Arte de El Salvador; El Salvador; Abstract Cinema, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL; Video Revolutionaries, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA. Footnotes about Geopolitical, Markets and Amnesia, 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia. Uncertain States of America American Art in the 3rd Millenium: Traveled to The Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom, the Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik,Iceland, the CCA Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland, Le Musee de Serignan, Serignan, France, Galerie Rudolfinum, Czech Republic, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art,Oslo, Norway, Bard CCS, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Video: An Art, A History 1965-2005 New Media Collection from the Centre Pompidou, Miami Art Central, Miami; At This Time: 10 Miami Artists, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL.