Shin Jeung Jang was born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1974, and received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1999. Eastern philosophy is a prominent focus in her art practice. Her first solo show at SVA, “Spirituality, ” in 1998, featured black and white photographs of landscapes. Her recent artwork focuses on collecting man-made objects that have been discarded and have lost their utilitarian meaning, and “dead” organic materials. Jang's work reveals that these materials retain the characteristics and gestures of their life history.
In 2003 Jang explored different experiences of art-making through a documentary video of Crestwood Metal Corporation in Long Island, NY. She also brought her art-making from the studio to the mountain and used the opened area as a canvas - the Tuxedo Park Project, NY. For Jang, the act of collecting and reintegrating objects into the environment is a way of reflecting on what it means to exist in the world.
metal, tree stump
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