JangPa “X-Gurlesque”

Doosan Gallery

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[Image: JangPa "My Little Riot Girl" (2015) Oil on canvas, 71.6 x 89.5 in.]
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DOOSAN Gallery New York presents “X-Gurlesque,” the solo exhibition of JangPa.

JangPa examines the inescapable roles of the artwork and its viewer—i.e. object and subject—and examines the idea of a “mutual gaze” through her paintings of powerful palette and imagery as well as a dynamic exhibition display.

The term “Gurlesque” from the exhibition title—a combination of “New Grrly,” “grotesque,” and “burlesque,”—was originally coined by feminist poet and writer, Arielle Greenberg, to describe writers who perform femininity in their work in a campy or mocking manner*. JangPa achieves the poets’ goals to break away from feminine stereotypes through her paintings of grotesque and uncanny imagery. The exhibition presents the viewers a sensual experience through its unconventional layout and use of space.

The Fluid Neon (2016) series and Brutal Skins (2017) series are displayed along the fluorescent red wall that extends inward from the gallery’s entrance. Brutal Skins is a wall installation series that is inspired by the “female monster” and the significance and appearance of her uterus. This series reiterates the female body as a distorted monster, thus criticizing the traditional consumption of the female body as “the object for desire.” Furthermore, feminine figures are heralded as “the subject that desires” through the work. On the other hand, the Fluid Neon paintings, whose liquid textures are amplified, reflects the form of a meager and passive fetus. This image contrasts the “female monster” while rendering itself as a subordinate.

The centerpiece that one encounters upon entering the space, My Little Riot Girl (2015), embodies relatively landscape-like features compared to Fluid Neon. The painting includes the artist’s self- portrait and her cynical gaze, the ultimate challenge that viewers are confronted with after a course of brutal criticism and mystical reinterpretation. The artist claims that the crouching figure with a smile in the upper corner of the painting is, in fact, herself. Consequently, the artist and viewers exchange gazes, or engage in mutual voyeurism, through the surface of the canvas. The artist’s gaze here can be interpreted in various ways, while it strongly foreshadows the intent behind the layers of brushstrokes.

*From Gurlesque: the New Grrly, Grotesque, Burlesque Poetics. Edited by Arielle Greenberg and Lara Glenum. Saturnalia Books, 2010.
JangPa (b. 1981) received her M.F.A. in Painting from Seoul National University, where she received her B.F.A. in Painting and Aesthetics. She has held solo exhibitions at SOMA Drawing Center (2016, Seoul, Korea), Makeshop Art Space (2015, Paju, Korea), Gallery Zandari (2015, Seoul, Korea), TV12 Gallery (2013, Seoul, Korea), OCI Museum of Art (2011, Seoul, Korea), and Alternative Space Hut (2009, Seoul, Korea). She has also participated in group exhibitions at venues that include Art Space Pool (2017, Seoul, Korea), Seoul Museum of Art (2015, Seoul, Korea), DOOSAN Gallery Seoul (2015, Seoul, Korea), OCI Museum of Art (2015, Seoul, Korea), Gallery Button (2015, Seoul, Korea), BMOCA (2015, Paju, Korea), DOOSAN Gallery Seoul (2014, Seoul, Korea), Common Center (2014, Seoul, Korea), and Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center (2011, Seoul, Korea).

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Schedule

from October 12, 2017 to November 09, 2017

Opening Reception on 2017-10-12 from 18:00 to 20:00

Artist(s)

JangPa

Fee

Free

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 18:00
Closed on Mondays, Sundays

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Address: 531 W 25th St., New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-242-6343‎

Between 10th and 11th Ave. Subway: C/E to 23rd Street

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