Born in Seoul, Korea, 1980
Lives and works in Korea
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The mystery of life stemming from a cell into the universe
Kho, Chung-Hwan, art critic
"˜The cross-section of pipes looks like a single cell structure; the arrangement of the pipes is lively and vivid, like a wriggly living structure, as if it were about to come to life'. This is the artist statement, or confession, you may say, on how the origin and conception of his works evolved, and I believe it is the clue to lead us to better understanding of Jang's world.
In fact, the cross-section of the compiled pipes might first remind us of single-cell organisms; this first impression is arbitrary and artificial (in a creative way), derived by Jang's interpretation, but not because these features are inherent in the material itself (pipes). Jang captured this motif by capturing the external similarity in forms. For the artist, the conception is very concrete.
Jang regards the cross-section of pipes with the cells in the same light as the arrangements of pipes as an organic being. The cross-sections, having been put together, produce a kind of arrangement (and pattern), the individual cells constitute and eventually produce a lively being. Along with the formal similarity, there is an analogical reasoning process that regards the real and imagined in the same light. The way of putting together the cross-sections of pipes and the notion that the individual cell is the essential building block of a life form are the quintessential and substantial skeleton concepts of his works. Based on all of these, we can glimpse Jang's interests in and ideas toward vitality. This was made possible because Jang continuously pursued his interest in life on a daily basis, so some things that might easily be overlooked or acquiesced to were not left neglected despite seeming incidental.
Likewise, Jang's works focus on specificity while at the same time touching on relatively universal issues pertaining to the relationship between subjectivity and the world. In other words, how the world penetrate subjectivity, or how the world nests within subjectivity, and how this process entails interpretation and ramification; how the modified/transformed vision can be an analogous representation of the world itself and the operating principles or relevant mechanisms involved. There may be a huge discrepancy between pipes and cells, more than anybody can imagine; how, then can pipes can be a representation of the cell, despite of and overcoming the discrepancies? This will be the major question.
In the end, Jang is more interested in how to arrange the cross-section of pipes so that it can appear as a cluster(s) of cells. To achieve this, Jang first works on a certain substance to upholster the whole thing using plaster as a representation of the organic form of a cluster of cells. Jang then uses this supporting structure to put together a cross-section of pipes. Pipes of various sizes (initially empty) are cut to certain lengths, then Jang repeatedly welds the pipes one after another to create a shape as a whole similar to a container-shape. This container-structure is the main feature and motif of Jang's works.
After putting together the pipes, Jang then takes away the support element. At this point, we can see the pipes shaped like a cluster of cells. The first impression of this is not a cluster, but a hollow void, surface or skin of an object (created after the external feature), i.e. the skin of a cell, to be more precise. Because it's empty, and the external and internal is connected, we are reminded of the shape of a container or a barrel. The compiled cross-section of pipes later is modified to a variation of the minimum unit of an organic being. Jang's works have this container structure connecting the external and internal as the external is continued toward internal, both overall and in detail, and this is one of Jang's best-known features.
MFA in Fine Art – Sculpture, University of Seoul, Korea
BFA in Fine Art – Sculpture, University of Seoul, Korea
2014 "Beyond the Silence" - Insa Aty Centre, Seoul
2013 “Particles in Nature” – Gallery Artrie, Anyang, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
2012 “LUMINISCENT in DARKNESS” – Gallery Grimson, Insa-dong, Seoul, Korea
2010 “Particles of Dark Matter” – Gana Art Space, Insa-dong, Seoul, Korea
2013 “The Six Elements: Fire, Water, Tree, Metal, Earth, and Will” – Museum of Contemporary Art Daejeon, Daejeon, Korea
“V Previllage” – Gangnam Finance centre, Seoul, Korea
2012 “Korean Contemporary Sculpture Show” – Lakeside Park in Chuncheon MBC, Chuncheon
“Metal Spirit” – Gallery Grimson, Insa-dong, Seoul
2011 22nd Project ART Show – Gallery Quoria, Seoul
“Gift-Encase” – Flohas Contemporary Art Museum, Gyeonggi-do
“Rite of Passage through the Steel” Sculpture Show of two Artists – Art Company GIG, Seoul
“We Met Someday in Yangpyeong”, Yangpyeong Eco Art Festival 2011 – Yangpyeong County Museum of Art, Gyeonggi-do
“Open-air Sculpture Show in Exhibition Garden” – Flohas Contemporary Art Museum, Gyeonggi-do
“2011 Young Artists’ New Leap”, ARTVAS – Gallery WON, Chungdam-dong, Seoul
“Metal Spirit” – Gallery Kepco, Seocho-dong, Seoul
2010 21st SSA Project ART Show, - Seoul Art Centre, Seoul
“Speculative Shape”, Art Garden – SEJONG Art Center, Seoul
“Metal Spirit” – Gallery Grimson, Insa-dong, Seoul
2008 “START 2008” – CUBE Space, Insa-dong, Seoul
“Stone, Dreaming” – Lotte Department Store, Anyang
“M.O.S” – Baumart Gallery, Anguk-dong, Seoul
“Misari Sculpture Competition” – Misari Motorboat-Race Park, Hanam
9th “National College/Graduate Student Sculpture Show” – Seongnam Art Center, Seongnam
“COEX Chrysanthemum Exhibition” – COEX East Gate Square, Seoul
2007 3rd “World Peaceful Unification Art Competition”, Sponsored by Gyeonggi-do – Gyeonggi-do 2nd Hall, Uijeongbu Art Center, Uijeongbu
“Misari Environmental Sculpture Show” – Misari Motorboat-Race Park, Hanam
“Seoulite Culture Fair”, Sculpture Exhibition, Seoul
2006 9th “World Peaceful Unification Art Competition” – Danwon Museum, Ansan
7th “National College/Graduate Sculpture Competition” – Seongnam Art Center, Seongnam
“Han River Art Fair” – Sunyudo Park, Seoul
“Face” – Sowol Art Hall, Seoul
“Anyang Grape Art Fair” – Alvaro Siza Hall, Anyang Art Park, Anyang