Kang Eunhye is a Seoul and New York-based installation artist born in Seoul, South Korea. She graduated with a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Kang received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Kang creates large-scale geometric installations in architectural spaces. She participated in her first solo exhibition in NYC in 2014 and over 40 group exhibitions in Seoul, South Korea / Sofia, Bulgaria / Philadelphia, New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, New Jersey, Colorado, Maryland, and Michigan in the U.S. Recently, she is studying Ph.D in Fiber Art at Hong-ik University graduate School. She is scheduled to move to Residency in Gyeonggi Creation Center from upcoming March.
EunHye Kang Solo Exhibition
Cotton yarn, Site-specific installation, 2018
@Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do
2018.3.10 - 4.1
My installation work usually begins with the inspiration of a space. It leads to systematic research on the concept of space from an aesthetic perspective and visual, auditory, or synesthetic effects derived from an intervention of geometric elements (for example, a line) into that space. In my working method, I compose and realize an abstract image within an empty space. The lines that intersect and overlap one another grant a sense of volume, gravity, density, and movement to the image. The lines also create numerous planes and virtual dimensions, beguiling the eyes of the audience.
The lines that move from a dot to a dot represent time-based and spatial movement, and at a certain point a change in direction, heading towards the past or the future. As we express places in a journey as a dot and the route between them as a line, to me, a line is construed as an active sign that conveys a movement and a flow unlike a dot or a plane standing still. Each dot symbolizes individuals, and the lines connected between them embody a relationship and a communication. There are loose or tight tensions, and sometimes the exceeding tensions break the lines, which represents a relationship in our society.
I restrained as much emotion as possible and expressed images with combinations and arrangement of lines in proportion. . In my work, the lines become my own code to which the rule of giving meaning can be applied, crossing the boundaries between space and a two-dimensional surface.
I have mainly used the threads as a material for representing lines in the installation work because I want to focus on visual elements. There has always been a thirst for research and attempt to install string materials that can lead to co-sensory stimulation in the mind. For the first time, I tried to install a string using guitar strings, creating "sound" in the space, and giving the string (guitar string) another energy through various methods such as dyeing, bleaching and coating, I would like to work on a step by step by combining the "auditory" sense concept. This is the time when I need to research and study about the materials for my next step.
installation video link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbNPB6lJzLg&t=53s