every morning and every evening at Soho20 gallery +/- project space

Kyoung Eun Kang: every morning and every evening
back to the +/- Project Space
November 17 – December 22, 2017
Opening Reception: Fri. November 17, 6-9pm
1.Care package I_kyoung eun kang
Image: Care package I2017. Pharmacy envelopes, a cardboard box, 14 x 19.5 x 19.5 inches.
The installation for the +/- Project Space is part of an ongoing project by artist Kyoung Eun Kang, in which she unpacks the contents of care packages sent to her from her mother in South Korea. In this iteration, Kang presents us with four boxes, each flipped open and upright in diorama format to reveal the contents. Inside, she has edited and rearranged the sent objects – towels, dried anchovies, stones, bottles, pharmacy envelopes, detergent, hot pepper powders,  creating still lives and landscapes from quotidien wares. Each box itself is as much a part of the work as its contents, down to the intentionally positioned flaps.
The project’s title comes from the use instructions on a pharmacy envelope. Although the items sent in each package are basic – nothing that can’t be found somewhere in New York City, each one carries something from home – a texture, a scent, a design, a reference. In collaboration with her family, Kang creates containers that carry time, care, and distance; that embody routines as well as relationships. It is the binding banality of family and history that tethers a person to the seemingly ignorable objects, tools, and flavors in our lives, whether chosen by us or not.
On Fri. December 1 SOHO20 will host a performance as part of this installation, where Kyoung Eun Kang will attempt to intuitively match the footsteps of her mother, wearing her mother’s shoes that don’t fit, sent to her in a care package.

1402 Seok-Dong at Nurtureart

Kyoung eun Kang
1402 Seok-Dong

Opening Reception: Friday, October 13th, 7–9pm
On View: October 14th–November 5th

NURTUREart is pleased to announce 1402 Seok-Dong, a solo exhibition by Kyoung eun Kang.

Kang enshrines routine and subtle interactions into delicate monuments. Her works, which reveal the universal in the particular, memorialize the gestures that attach and bind us to family and strangers alike. Yet, only select details of Kang’s history are shared, reminding us that there are things we say and do not say when disclosing the background of our personal relationships.

Kang’s parents moved to 1402 Seok-Dong five years ago, when Kang was already living in New York City. Continents away, Kang finds ways to connect intimately with her family. Family Poems is a series lifted from their recorded daily conversations. River is an installation that includes the family’s heirloom chamber pot and overlapping sound of each of them urinating. Other featured works impart inside jokes and familial nicknames—sharing the punch line without the setup. For 1402 Seok-Dong, the gallery floor will be covered entirely with vinyl flooring, reminiscent of Korean homes as Kang invites us into an intimate space echoing her childhood family memories.

Only few particular and private anecdotes of Kang’s family are shared in 1402 Seok-Dong. Much more is undescribed, leaving an intimate space for viewers to meditate on details and the elusive qualities of relationships.

Born in South Korea, Kyoung eun Kang lives and works in New York City. She received a BFA and MFA in Fine Arts from Hong-ik University in Seoul, South Korea and from Parsons The New School for Design, New York. She has had solo exhibitions at BRIC project room, Brooklyn, NY; Here Arts Center, NY; PRIMETIME, Brooklyn, NY; and at the Contemporary Museum of Hong-ik University, Seoul, South Korea. Her group exhibitions include those at the Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY; Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Australia; Museum of Imperial City, China; and National Museum of Contemporary Art, South Korea. She has received awards and fellowships from BRIC, the NARS Foundation, Artist Alliance INC, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

1. Switch, 2013, C-print mounted on Sintra, 8 x 11 inches.
2. Self-portrait_Father, 2011, archival inkjet print on Sintra, 20 x 30 inches.
3. A family bonsai, 2017, diptych, archival inkjet prints, 16 x 24 inches each.
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