Mixed Media, Aluminum on Wood Panel
36 x 42 in
91 x 107 cm
Artspace Warehouse (Los Angeles)
David Jang strives to transform the detritus of urban life into minimalist artworks 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. His work utilizes materials and object-making to articulate the countervailing forces inherent in the everyday; expansion and contraction, perfection and imperfection, force and balance, have and have not. All of his works are instilled with a harmonious balance through their abstract geometric outlines.
This 36 inch high by 42 inch wide aluminum and mixed media artwork is wired and ready to hang. Jang uses heat and oil to transform the surface texture of thin sheets of aluminum and steel, which he then adheres to panels of stained plywood. His treatment of the metals results in some parts of the artwork being more reflective while others are matte. Depending on the light, some sections almost appear as Mother-of-Pearl, reinforcing his idea of creating something precious out of everyday materials. The sides of the artwork are stained natural wood. He mounts the plywood panels onto a wooden frame so that they protrude from the wall slightly, creating a subtle shadow effect when the artwork is installed. It does not require framing. It is signed on the back and can be installed vertically or horizontally. Free local Los Angeles area delivery. Affordable global shipping is available. A certificate of authenticity and hanging hardware are included.
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. He lives in Los Angeles and is represented by Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles. His artworks have been exhibited and collected worldwide.
Jang’s 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.
David Jang describes his process: “As I examine the continuum of the objects, I begin to discover the hidden subtexts and hierarchies these objects uphold—the social orders they sustain or subvert and the relationships they facilitate or fail. I attempt to foster a self-revelatory creative process, one that is empirical yet open-ended. In this way my work results, not in forced conversation, but in quasi-scientific discovery.”
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David Jang’s work utilizes materials to articulate the countervailing forces inherent in the everyday—expansion and contraction, perfection and imperfection, force and balance, have and have not.
MOCA exhibited artist David Jang describes his process: “As I examine the continuum of the objects, I begin to discover the hidden subtexts and hierarchies these objects uphold—the social orders they sustain or subvert and the relationships they facilitate or fail. I attempt to foster a self-revelatory creative process, one that is empirical yet open-ended. In this way my work results, not in forced conversation, but in quasi-scientific discovery.”
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