Painting: New Media, Found Objects, Wood and Resin on Wood. Found objects from street in Busan, South Korea.
Dimensions: 22.7cm(H) x 47.4cm(W) x 4.0cm(D) / 8.9"(H) x 18.7"(W) x 1.6"(D)
Diameter: 4.0cm / 1.6"
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Yang’s Materials series are an amalgamation of the diverse, the distant, and the disregarded. Formed of the lost fragments of urban life that Yang rescues before their inevitable disappearance – remnants of a building’s outer walls, scraps of wallpaper from an interior, the remains of antique tiles – these often silent, ignored objects are here magnified from the mundane, framed to acknowledge the immensity of the intimate.
Yet what we see in Yang’s works could easily have been taken from the space in which they hang. The chipped surfaces of wall will soon be smoothed and glossed over, removing any trace of its current state of decay. Yang’s works, however, show how the past, present and future are fused in the very materiality of these walls.
- Rafael Schacter ( art critic, curatror),2017
Covers from buildings’ outer walls, wallpapers from abandoned houses, interior materials, pieces of a mosquito net from someone’s house, tiles, traditional Korean roof tile Giwa which is difficult to find today, and fragments of a ridgepole from old mossy buildings. During the process of bringing diverse collected traces from streets to canvases, as distanced objects become the start point of painting, in other words, the main agent, the artist JAZOO Yang steps aside. The more the artist’s responses towards the main agent of her practice, the objects, are emphasized, the more this methodology of the artist about a sense of distance embraces objects from a city, street and wall into painting. And then, when objects are collected from streets, the artist reversely takes a more active part in looking at a city.
- JAZOO Yang. 2016
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Hometown: South Korea
Lives and Works: Berlin
Jazoo Yang is a Korean mixed media artist based in Berlin.
Her work often distorts public spaces to profound ends.
With a mixture of concept-focused art and an intriguing visual palette, Yang’s work questions the relationship between ourselves and the spaces we inhabit. Her more recent practice has focussed on the transformation of housing in city and the gentrification that is pushing local residents from their homes.
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