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symbioland: works by Jiha Moon

September 10 - October 15, 2005

Curatorial text by Lauren Ross, independent curator and
former Director of White Columns, New York

Read the Washington Post review by Micheal O'Sullivan

Read the Washington Post review by Jessica Dawson

*Proceeds of the sale of the painting "Tying the Knot" by Moon
will be donated to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts



click to view the exhibition


 

Drawing has recently experienced a renewal of importance in the art world. In fact, it has rarely been as widely represented in the biennials, art fairs, and exhibitions as it is now. Jiha Moon is one of the important emerging artists whose studio practice embraces contemporary and historic drawing styles. Lauren Ross, independent curator and former director of White Columns, NY, writes about the artist's work: "The captivating dynamism of Jiha Moon's drawings results from a complex mix. Formally trained in painting both in her native Korea and her adopted homeland of the United States, she has been a student of Eastern and Western artistic traditions alike. The experiences and memories of her two homes translate into her work’s varied geography, wildlife, flora and fauna, light and weather patterns. Into these she weaves references to the narratives of folklore and the spectacle of popular culture. From these myriad sources, Moon culls and reconstitutes her diverse artistic and cultural blend. Within a terrain of Eastern flatness and Western recession, the observed and the fantastical are seamlessly united.

This exhibition presents scapes—of the mind as much as the land—that are climatically unpredictable. Turbulent storms and calm reprieves alternatively refresh and suffocate. Mythical creatures flourish among tangled vines and delicate petals in gardens of rushes and pools. Brushstrokes bloom like flowers, and then peel apart into colored ribbons. Water is set ablaze. Nature heals and destroys itself. Opaque lines pierce through transparent washes, like flashes of lucidity in clouds of delirium.
Despite their enticing tensions, these works are not simply about the play of opposites against one another. For someone whose experiences are diverse, seeming dichotomies often serve as accepted complements. Moon fashions a world in which the exquisite and the grotesque are allowed to intermingle harmoniously, and the clashing of strange forces paradoxically can be familiar and comforting."

Jiha Moon earned her BFA from Korea University, Seoul, Korea; an MFA from Ewha Women's University, Seoul, Korea, and an MA and MFA from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

Moon's work has been exhibited at numerous venues including: White Columns, New York, NY; the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA; Kunstoffice, Berlin, Germany; Kunsthalle M3, Berlin, Germany; Elizabeth Roberts Gallery, Washington, DC; Korean Cultural Service, Washington, DC, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA; Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA; the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA; Eve Drewelowe Gallery, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. the Brain Factory in Seoul, Korea, and the Hunt Gallery of Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. She is the current grand-prize $ 10,000 winner of the prestigious Trawick Prize exhibition at the Creative Partners Gallery in Bethesda, MD.