Mixed Media, Aluminum on Wood Panel
48 x 48 in
122 x 122 cm
David 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. 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, have and have not.
This 48 inch square original artwork is wired and ready to hang. David Jang re-purposes aluminum to create this unique artwork on wood panel. Jang uses heat, oil and wax to transform the surface texture of aluminum, 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 slightly protrude from the wall, creating a subtle shadow effect when the artwork is installed. This work does not require framing and it is signed on the back by the artist. Free local Los Angeles area delivery. Affordable U.S. and global shipping is available. A certificate of authenticity issued by the gallery is included.
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, etc.—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.”
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. His artworks have been exhibited and collected worldwide.
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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.
“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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