Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 11/10/2011

Art in focus: Hong Seon Jang


The centerpiece of Hong Seon Jang's exhibition at the Stamp Gallery is “Rock,” a boulder-like sculpture made from aluminum foil, wrapped around a bamboo frame. (Michael O'Sullivan/The Washington Post)

Hong Seon Jang is interested in the natural cycle of creation and destruction, especially as it’s affected by human activity. To that end, the Korean-born, New York-based installation artist — whose work is on view at the University of Maryland’s Stamp Gallery — uses mass-produced materials to fashion works that are hauntingly evocative of natural phenomena. Read my review of Jang’s show, “Sugar High,” and take a closer look at the five striking works Jang has created after the jump.


A fluorescent light glows from within “Rock,” creating an almost supernatural glow. (Michael O'Sullivan/The Washington Post)


Tedious, repetitive and time-consuming, the artist’s creative process, is meant to remind viewers of human activity, as in this tower, made from several thousand sugar cubes. (Michael O'Sullivan/The Washington Post)


Jang’s sugar cubes resemble the contours of a miniature city, seen from above. (Michael O'Sullivan/The Washington Post)


Made by dripping hot glue onto fishing line that has been stretched between a wall and a column, “Black Mirage” forms a diaphanous, lace-like curtain. (Michael O'Sullivan/The Washington Post)


“Black Mirage” is both a barrier, blocking passage, and a window, transforming what’s on the other side. (Michael O'Sullivan/The Washington Post)


Installed at knee level in one corner of the gallery, “Fungus” features ersatz “tree ears” made from cut-up magazines. (Michael O'Sullivan/The Washington Post)


“Black Forest” is a landscape drawing made using clear adhesive tape. It resembles an X-ray, or a scene through night-vision goggles. (Michael O'Sullivan/The Washington Post)

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