David Jang


David Jang was born in Seoul, Korea in 1975 and received his BFA from the College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, Minnesota, where he studied sculpture and painting. Jang strives to transform the detritus of urban life into minimalist paintings of formal elegance, both gritty and sublime. He hopes to inspire others to discover art as a necessity to the human condition, not a luxury.

Both an artist and an inventor, David Jang is known for his imaginative kinetic installations, which employ hacked consumer electronics, subverted household appliances, and the castaway materials of society. These vestiges of technology, with their life’s instructions literally coded into their motherboards, are the building blocks of Jang’s practice. By deconstructing, re-programming, and reconstituting industrial and commercial castoffs, Jang creates immersive works.

David Jang’s work utilizes materials and object-making to articulate the countervailing forces inherent in the everyday; expansion and contraction, perfection and imperfection, force and balance. His process can be described as an exacting, fanciful, even obsessive re-appropriation of common materials—one in which he deconstructs, reprograms and reconstitutes industrial and commercial cast-offs to reveal new relationships between the object and the viewer. Most people know the media he uses in their ubiquitous forms—as a potato chip bag, a remote control, plastic jar, Styrofoam cup, coiled wire, light bulbs, et cetera—but coded also into each of these objects (and the materials from which they are composed) are its life’s instructions.