The 13th KAFA Award Recipient Exhibition: Jean Shin
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The 13th KAFA Award Recipient Exhibition
Place: KOREAN CULTURAL CENTER, LOS ANGELES
5505 WILSHIRE BLVD.,
LOS ANGELES, CA 90036
Intervals, a solo exhibition featuring new works by Jean Shin, the 13th KAFA Award Recipient,
opens on June 21st at the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles.
The exhibition includes a new work entitled Surge created from remnants of technological consumption.
Referencing both electrical and natural phenomena, a vast collection of obsolete electrical
chargers forms a dramatic image of a great wave that spans forty feet of the gallery wall.
Reflecting on our culture’s dependency on technology, the work speaks to the growing demand to
power our mobile devices as well as the eminent threat of being outmoded.
Shown in the context of the Korean Cultural Center LA, Shin’s interpretation of the contemporary
digital landscape makes a poignant connection to the tech savvy Korean Community that prides
itself with producing and consuming the latest electronic gadgets. The dominance of Korea’s high
tech industries in the global market coincides with recent international popularity of K-POP.
In addition to Surge, other new works will be on view including Intervals, a series of collaged works
on paper utilizing another outmoded technology. Created with horizontal strips of found audiotape,
these playful works explore chance through endless repetition and variation. Much like the
process of sound editing, the artist physically cuts and pastes together these magnetic tapes to
form new configurations and compositions. The white space of the page is balanced by the alternating
sides of the same magnetic tape that form the rhythms of black and brown lines.
Also presented are works from the recent project And We Move, a sound and video projection as
well as print series that address music production.
Jean Shin is national recognized for her monumental installations that transform everyday objects
into elegant expressions of identity and community. For each project, she amasses vast collections
of a particular object – prescription pill bottles, sports trophies, sweaters – which are often
sourced through donations from individuals in a participating community. Born in Seoul, South Korea
and raised in the United States, Shin attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
in 1999 and received a BFA and MS from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She lives and works in New York
Her work has been widely exhibited in major national and international museums, including solo
exhibitions at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona (2010), Smithsonian American
Art Museum in Washington DC (2009), the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia (2006), and
The Museum of Modern Art in New York (2004). She will be having a solo exhibition at the Montclair
Art Museum in New Jersey this fall. She is represented by Tierney Gardarin Gallery in New York.
Her work can be viewed at www.jeanshin.com.
The Korea Arts Foundation of America (KAFA) is a non-profit organization established in 1989, to
promote creativity, research, study and exhibitions in the arts. All funds for KAFA are primarily
derived from contributions by KAFA members and supporters.