Dev Harlan, Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong and Jayoung Yoon “Eighteen“

Usagi NY

poster for Dev Harlan, Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong and Jayoung Yoon “Eighteen“

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“Eighteen” exhibits the work of Dev Harlan, Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong and Jayoung Yoon — three artists working in sculpture, installation and transformation over time. The title of the show references the spatial concept of the Usagi Gallery; architect Sou Fujimoto’s design is based on eighteen movable panels that divide, striate and give impermeability to the space. In “Eighteen”, the panels are used not as surfaces to display 2D work, but as interventions in space that divide
Each of the artists produce works that transcend static objecthood. Sculpture is investigated as a substrate to experience time, through motorized kinetics, video projection or timed lighting. Here, the sequence of artworks in “Eighteen”, each propelling themselves forward via some active process, explores Eighteen panels as a way to tell time.

Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong is a New York-based artist working at the boundary of art and architecture. Her sculptures explore the scaled architectural model as a point of tension between actuality and a desired projection of reality. ‘Breathing Structures’ is a series of dynamic fabric sculptures that fold into to a collapsed, flat state, and then rise up to create habitable volumes. In a gradual, continuous state of compression and expansion, the spaces resemble a living structure. ‘Monumentality’, an installation composed of small sculptures, explores the obsolescence of monuments.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Cheryl received her B.A. in Art and Italian at the University of California at Berkeley, studied sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (Milan, Italy) and earned her Masters in Architecture from Columbia University GSAPP. Cheryl has lived and worked in Milan, Hong Kong, Berlin, New York, Berkeley, Macau and Bangkok. She has worked with various creative minds including Flavio Albanese, Maggie Cardelùs and Elmgreen & Dragset, and has designed exhibition spaces such as the Nordic and Danish pavilions for the Venice Biennale of Art. She has been a visiting critic at Columbia University and the Parsons School of Design, and in recent years, was a professor at the International Program in Design & Architecture (INDA) at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.

Jayoung Yoon is an interdisciplinary artist using human hair as a medium. Her artworks are a synthesis of sculpture, video, and painting employed to heighten perceptual consciousness, and sometimes alter individuals’ experiences of space and time. ‘Form and Emptiness’ is a series of hair sculptures. Each cube cradles a different geometric composition within, that changes as the viewer moves around the sculpture. It invites viewers to go beyond the illusions of our perception. In the videos, she compresses and expands the footage to alter and change our perception of Time. Jayoung Yoon is a New York-based artist born in Korea. Her solo exhibitions have been shown in venues such as Theo Ganz Studio, 2016, Here Art Center, NY, 2013, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, DE, 2011 and the Museum of New Art, MI, 2009. She was awarded the BRIC Media Arts fellowship, 2014, Franklin Furnace Grant Fund, 2010 and Artist Residencies by Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing space, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and Sculpture Space. Most Recently, she was awarded the Vermont Studio Center Fellowships, 2015 and The Artist in the Marketplace program at Bronx Museum, 2016. She received her M.F.A. degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, 2009 and her B.F.A. from Hongik University in Korea, 2004.

Dev Harlan’s work operates at a point of increasing fluidity between physical and digital practices. Installations and sculptures are often constructed from geometric primitives, tessellated surfaces or appropriated objects. Surfaces and spaces are activated with the use of digital projections, relying on a structured relationship between light and surface over time. All are in superposition and reinforcement of each other, proposing a temporal and phenomenological mode of viewing.Dev Harlan (b 1978, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.) lives and works in New York. Solo exhibitions have been presented at Vasquez Gallery, Brooklyn (2015), Christopher Henry Gallery, New York (2011-2013) and Rouge 58 Gallery, Brooklyn (2011). He has participated in public art exhibition “Ideas City / Nuit Blanche,” New Museum, NY (2010) and Singapore Light Festival, Singapore (2012). His work has been included in group shows at Whitebox Gallery and Christopher Henry Gallery. Recently he was included in a large survey show titled “Light” at the Sharjah Art Museum, UAE (2015). Dev has been a teacher and guest critic for INDA (International Design & Architecture program) at Chulalongkorn University, Bankgkok, and has given lectures for the NYU ITP (Information Technology Program), NY. He is a self taught artist and was home educated for most of his childhood in California.



from September 15, 2016 to October 14, 2016

Opening Reception on 2016-09-15 from 18:00 to 20:00

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