Jung Uk Yang “A Man Without Words”

Doosan Gallery

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DOOSAN Gallery New York announces Jung Uk Yang’s solo exhibition A Man Without Words.

Jung Uk Yang’s work deals with narratives of people that he encounters in life, and the universal human sentiments that are revealed through those stories.

The exhibition title A Man Without Words encompasses the reflections of everyday, simple things that would occur in the life of the artist as well as our neighbors, colleagues, fathers, etc, who lead monotonous, repetitive lives. Each piece is given a title that is structured as a phrase or a sentence and accompanied by a short text.

The magnum opus of this exhibition, A Fatigue Always Comes with a Dream (2013), was conceived based on the lives of apartment security guards in South Korea, who must stay awake until dawn while most people are asleep. A large wooden structure put together with thread is set to motion through an internal monitor, in a timely and repetitive manner, while making sounds and casting a large shadow. In the center of this large structure is one light bulb, which evokes the interior of the security guard’s glass booth, symbolizing both struggle and hope.

In Only the Turtle Does Not Know about Our Weekends (2014) light is used as an element in its movement, which causes a reaction of repetitive sounds. This becomes an effective storytelling device. As a multi-sensory method to communicate emotion and narrative, the artist focuses on a new language of action and its relationship to their supplements, such as the literary components produced by non-visual narrative, and speed, direction, reaction that are created by visible motion.

Yang’s work draws out the void within ordinary people who are living within the standardization of contemporary society and imbues it with humanity. He draws out life’s principles as well as play, using a medium such as kinetic art that is both dynamic and systematic to tell stories that are both silent and lyrical.



from July 02, 2015 to August 27, 2015

Opening Reception on 2015-07-09 from 18:00 to 20:00


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