Juliana Kang Robinson
HanSan (Korean for One Mountain)
May 31- July 13, 2019
First Thursday Art Walk:
July 11th, 5-9pm
Artist Talk in the Gallery
Wednesday June 26th
6-8pm (talk starts at approximately 6:30pm)
Friday & Saturday, 12-5pm,
First Thursday Art Walks: 5-9pm
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Juliana Kang Robinson presents HanSan, Korean for “One Mountain," an installation of colorful silk fabric domes reflecting on the tensions between territoriality and unity in our world. Inspired by a section of the DMZ fence between North and South Korea that is covered in colorful ribbons with prayers for reunification, Juliana creates installations that also carry a collective wish for unity. Her work marries traditional Korean aesthetics with territorial markers such as flags, banners and mounds to highlight the beautiful complexity of unifying diverse elements in an increasingly territorial world.
My goal is to deepen my studio practice and fully engage myself in creating artwork that embodies the spirit of unity or HanSan (Korean for One Mountain). HanSan is the notion that the whole is more than the sum of its parts. A mountain is more than simply soil, plants and rocks just as society is more than an aggregation of people. We are more than ourselves when unified, more than labels, nationalities or tribes. My life goal is to create visual representations of this concept that spur viewers to ponder the beautiful and complex way that different parts can come together to unify and thus elevate us beyond the self.
My recent works are commentary on the physical manifestations of animalistic behaviors such as territoriality in our world. Often times the human instinct for survival goes beyond what is necessary and manifests as the hoarding of resources, creation of contrived boundaries and markers of segregation. My drawings and installation draw from the visual language of territorial markers such as flags, fences, banners or mounds that represent barriers. In my work, I alter those territorial markers to alter their meaning, one of unity and transformation. The mounds, that is a recurring motif in my current work, are reminiscent of the shell mounds created by indigenous nomads that once dotted the coast line, or simply mountains. Mountains can represent obstacle or a boundary but can also represent spiritual elevation and enlightenment of the greater whole.
Born in South Korea, Juliana Kang Robinson immigrated to the U.S. at the age of six shortly after winning Korea’s National Drawing Contest for Kindergarteners with a pastel depiction of a historic Korean battle at sea. She continues to draw from Korea’s history, culture and current events for her drawings, paintings and installations.
Juliana Kang Robinson is an interdisciplinary artist reflecting on the themes of territoriality, unity and separation. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work can be found in collections nationally and internationally, such as the the Joan Flasch Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and The Women's Studio Workshop. Past exhibitions include the Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles and Asia Society in San Francisco. She has shown locally at Suzanne Zahr Gallery, COCA and the Seattle Center.
Kang Robinson is the recipient of the Pratt Fine Arts Center 2018-19 Artbridge Fellowship.
This exhibition is presented in conjunction from Pratt Fine Arts Center and Chihuly Garden and Glass.
METHOD is fiscally sponsored by Shunpike! Shunpike is the 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that provides independent arts groups in Washington State with the services, resources, and opportunities they need to forge their own paths in sustainable success.