TRACES: 28 Days in Elizabeth Murray's Studio
3/23/2021

TRACES: 28 Days in Elizabeth Murray's Studio
Kyoung eun Kang, TRACES: 28 Days in Elizabeth Murray’s Studio, 2021, video still

TRACES: 28 Days in Elizabeth Murray’s Studio
Kyoung eun Kang
GALLERY II
March 19 — April 18, 2021

A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to announce TRACES: 28 Days in Elizabeth Murray’s Studio, an exhibition by 2020-2021 A.I.R. Fellow Kyoung eun Kang. 
This exhibition presents Kang’s latest work, a durational video performance made in the former studio of the late American painter Elizabeth Murray.
Inspired by the acclaimed artist’s workspace in Washington County, New York, Kang’s improvisational and playful performance explores studio practice as a daily ritual. Kang’s work reactivates and reinterprets Murray’s studio through the lens of an artist of a new generation, drawing out ideas of absence and presence, distance and intimacy, materiality and spirituality.

Two years ago, during my time in the Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency program, I had the unique opportunity to use Murray’s dairy barn-turned-studio located on the upstate farm where she split her time for over two decades of her life. As I touched the objects that were once held by Murray, brushing my hand gently over the walls and walking barefoot across the wooden floor, I was deeply moved and inspired by the space. The history of the accumulated paint strokes on the walls and the palpable sense of Murray’s creative energy in the air compelled me to build an intimate relationship with the studio, hoping that in doing so I might forge a spiritual connection with the artist herself.

I developed my own studio practice within the context of her studio. I set up my camera in a fixed position in the middle of the space and recorded my daily practice for 28 days. Using my body as a medium through which to channel and revive Murray’s studio, I gradually developed a choreography of intuitive actions and movements repeated over the course of each day. I observed and examined the space, animated Murray’s studio objects through interaction, and created a series of gestures and watercolor drawings that mirror the smudges and traces left on her studio walls.

Upon entering Kang’s exhibition, viewers are immediately immersed within the soundtrack of Murray’s studio: a chorus of chirping birds, her paint-speckled ladder rolling across the barn floor, the pitter-patter of rain. During her filmed performance, projected within the gallery space, Kang recites fragments of underlined text from Murray’s personal art book collection coupled with an intimate, anonymous handwritten poem Kang found in Murray’s home library.

The studio acts as the nexus between Murray and Kang—two artists from different times, cultures, and artistic backgrounds, who nonetheless both found profound inspiration in the same space. Murray left traces of herself in her studio, and Kang, in turn, takes them for a score, embodying these remnants of Murray’s creative activity in order to give them new life.

This project was made possible by the 2019 Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency program by Collar Works.

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Kyoung eun Kang is a New York-based artist born in South Korea. She received a BFA and MFA in painting from Hong-ik University in Seoul, South Korea, and an MFA from Parsons, The New School for Design, New York, NY. Kang works in a wide range of media, including live performance, video, painting, photography, installation, text, and sound pieces. Her work explores geographical and cultural identity and universal human themes such as affection and attachment. Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums, including NURTUREart, Brooklyn, NY; BRIC Project Room, Brooklyn, NY; Soho 20 Project Room, Brooklyn, NY; Here Arts Center, New York, NY; A.I.R Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; The Korean Cultural Center, Washington, D.C; Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia, Perth; Museum of Imperial City, China, and the National Museum of Modern Art, South Korea. Kang has participated in multiple residencies, including at Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency, Washington County, NY (2019); I-Park Foundation, East Haddam, CT (2019); ChaNorth, Pine Plains, NY (2018): NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY (2017, 2013); Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE (2012); Lower East Side Rotating Studio Program, New York, NY (2011); and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, ME (2009). She is a recipient of fellowships at New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY (2010); BRIC Media Arts, Brooklyn, NY (2015); and A.I.R Gallery Fellowship Program, Brooklyn, NY (2020-21).

View the Press Release here.
View Kang’s page here.

Kyoung eun Kang and Daisy Murray-Holman in Dialogue with Robert R. Shane, December 9, 2020, Collar Works, Troy, NY.
 
 
 
 

 

TRACES:28 days in Elizabeth Murray's studio
10/31/2020

TRACES:28 days in Elizabeth Murray's studio
Current Exhibition
October 30 - December 13, 2020
 
TRACES EXHIBITION CHECKLIST + ARTIST INFORMATION

In this thought-provoking solo exhibition, TRACES: 28 days in Elizabeth Murray’s Studio, artist Kyoung eun Kang uses video, photographs, watercolor drawings, and installation to explores one’s studio practice as an everyday ritual. One that is contemplative, devotional, playful, and transformative. This exhibition also provides a unique opportunity to take a closer look at objects from Elizabeth Murray’s barn studio.

Artist Statement
The project presented is a multimedia installation focused on a durational performance in response to Elizabeth Murray’s studio. The exhibition includes a video shown in three segments, photographs, watercolor drawings, and displayed objects that belonged to Elizabeth Murray.
Using my body as a medium to revive the Murray studio, I gradually developed a series of actions and movements repeated over the course of a given day. 
I set up my camera in a fixed position in the middle of the studio and recorded my daily practice for 28 days. I observed and examined the space, animated her objects through interaction, and created a series of dance movements and watercolor drawings that mirrored the marks on the walls.
This exhibition presents a 5 hour-long video that captures the full scope of my daily performance, a series of photographs depicting discrete choreographic gestures from the durational, time-based work, watercolor drawings replicating marks in Murray’s studio, as well several of Murray’s studio objects—such as a ladder, palettes, door and painting tools—which I used as props in my movements. 
TRACES: 28 days in Elizabeth Murray’s Studio is a new body of work conceived during my 2019 Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency by Collar Works.  - Kyoung eun Kang
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Artist Bio
Kyoung eun Kang is a New York-based artist born in South Korea. She received a BFA and MFA in painting from Hong-ik University in Seoul, South Korea, and an MFA from Parsons, The New School for Design, New York, NY.
She works in a wide range of mediums –from live performance to video, painting, photography, installation, text, and sound pieces. Her work explores the geographical and cultural identity and universal human behavior such as affection and attachment.
Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums, including NURTUREart, NY; BRIC Project Room, NY; Soho 20 Project Room, NY; Here Arts Center, NY; A.I.R Gallery, NY; The Korean Cultural Center, Washington, D.C; Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at The University of Western Australia, Australia; Museum of Imperial City, China, and the National Museum of Modern Art, South Korea.
Kang has participated in residencies at Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency, NY; I-Park Foundation, CT; ChaNorth, NY: NARS Foundation, NY; Lower East Side Rotating Studio Program, NY; Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, NE; and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME. She is a recipient of fellowships at New York Foundation for the Arts, NY, BRIC Media Arts, NY, and A.I.R artist fellowship, NY.
 

 

Newly Connected
9/6/2019

Newly Connected
On View: September 6 – 27, 2019 (open M-F, 9am-noon & 1-6pm)
 
The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents Newly Connected., a diverse group exhibition that illuminates the experience of immigrants acclimating in America through video, installation, and painting works by three contemporary artists: Namwon ChoiKyoung eun Kang, and Kieun Kim
 
Choi, Kang, and Kim each express their personal emotional transitions after emigrating, including the anxiety of life in a foreign environment, the hope and comfort that comes with adaptation, the process of forming new relationships with both people and places, and the resulting discovery of one’s newly formed identity. In a global era that often demands the coexistence of myriad different cultures, these Korean American artists each share through art their journey to establish and evolve the value of their own existence.
 
Admission to the exhibition opening reception featuring talks by the artists on Friday, September 6 at 6:00 p.m. is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Newly Connected. will remain on view during regular hours through September 27, 2019.