Fortress (2011), oil on canvas, 36" x 61"
New York, NY: Porter Contemporary is pleased to announce Desiring Uncertainty, a solo exhibition of works by Jee Hwang from February 23 through March 31, 2012 with an opening reception with the artist on February 23rd from 6:30 - 8:30 PM.
Jee Hwang’s works are inspired by her vision of the body as a container related to desire, and its relationship to the state of presence and absence. Bottomless desire is continuously coming out or held together by various containers. When asked about this new body of work Jee Hwang states, “Given that we are not so different than a child, life becomes a bottomless hole, abyss or a void. Along with perpetuity of the desire, desires are temperamental, capricious and comparative by each person in each situation. Sometimes we don’t know what we actually want, but we feel something is missing. Like so, desire is uncertain and abstract as well as unstable.”
Jee’s work spans from large scale oil paintings to small intimate watercolors and works on paper. Jee likes to begin each new body of work around a single concept and this time is no different. She beautifully depicts various symbolic ‘containers’ of desire in her works such as an antique bath tub, a wooden crate, and an unidentified bag. Like her works in general, the symbols are used in various ways to explore her inner self and reflect back our own nature.
What: Desiring Uncertainty, A Solo Exhibition by Jee Hwang
Exhibition Dates: February 23 - March 31, 2012
Opening Reception with the Artist: February 23, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Where: Porter / Contemporary, 548 W. 28th Street, 3rd Floor, NYC
Gallery Hours: Wednesday 11 - 6 PM; Thursday 11 - 8 PM; Friday and Saturday 11 - 6 PM
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About Jee Hwang:
Jee Hwang (b. 1984) graduated from Pratt Institute with a MFA degree in 2009. Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Hwang immigrated with her family to Maryland in 2003. She has actively participated in many shows in NY including her recent first solo show at A.I.R. Gallery as 2009-2010 A.I.R. Emma Bee Bernstein Fellowship Artist. Living and working in Brooklyn, NY, she has been engaged in many nonprofit organizations while interning at A.I.R. and the New York Foundation for the Arts, helping their public programs. Hwang received a partial scholarship to the Vermont studio program in 2010.