Woven Currents – Confluence of Parallels

Haegue Yang. Woven Currents – Confluence of Parallels, 2020. Aluminum venetian blinds, powder-coated aluminum hanging structure, steel wire rope, LED tubes, cable, Dimensions Variable.. Purchase, with funds from Eleanor and Francis Shen, the David Yuile and Mary Elizabeth Hodgson Fund, Women’s Art Initiative, the Janet and Michael Scott Fund, the Contemporary Circle Fund, the Ivey Foundation Contemporary Art Endowment Fund, funds from Sandra and Leo Del Zotto, the Jay Smith and Laura Rapp Fund and the Molly Gilmour Fund, 2020. © Haegue Yang 2020/22

Haegue Yang: Emergence

October 1, 2020 - April 5, 2021

 

 

EXHIBITION OVERVIEW

A leading artist of her generation, Haegue Yang (b. 1971 Seoul) is celebrated for her prolific and diverse work that evokes historical and contemporary narratives of migration, displacement and cross-cultural translation. For over two decades, Yang has been transforming how we experience everyday domestic materials, turning items such as venetian blinds, light bulbs, drying racks, knitting yarn and bells into meticulously constructed installations and sculptures. To unleash the historical and emotional resonances of these objects, Yang activates them with sounds, light, air, scents and movement.

Featuring 82 sculptures, installations and performances from the past twenty-five years, Haegue Yang: Emergence includes a selection of early works, as well as the installations: Anthology of Haegue Archives (1998), Afterimage (2006), Sallim (2009), and Boxing Ballet (2013-15). This is the first North American retrospective survey of Yang’s work to date.

The AGO has also commissioned two new installations for the exhibition. On view, suspended above the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Sculpture Atrium, Woven Currents – Confluence of Parallels (2020) is a large-scale installation composed of venetian blinds and LED tubes, inspired by the layered architectural history of the space. Tectonic Undulations – A Fugue for the Great Wilderness (2020), a new wallpaper designed by Yang and American artist and book designer Conny Purtill, will go on view later this year in the AGO’s South Entrance.

 

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Haegue Yang lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Seoul, South Korea. She is a Professor at the Staedelschule in Frankfurt am Main. For the opening of the expanded building of The Museum of Modern Art, New York on October 21, 2019, MoMA commissioned Yang to create an installation for the Marron Atrium. Handles has been highly praised for its performative power to render and weave seemingly irrelevant historical narratives into a singular immersive, mesmerizing and performative field.

Yang has participated in major international exhibitions including the 16th Istanbul Biennial (2019), the 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018), La Biennale de Montréal (2016), the 12th Sharjah Biennial (2015), the 9th Taipei Biennial (2014), dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel (2012) and the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009) as the South Korean representative as well as in the International Art Exhibition at the Arsenale.

Yang’s work is included in permanent collections such as the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; M+, Hong Kong, China; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, South Korea; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA; Tate Modern, London, UK; Remai Modern, Saskatoon, Canada; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA.

Her work has been the subject of numerous monographs, including Haegue Yang: Anthology 2006–2018. Tightrope Walking and Its Wordless Shadow (2019); Haegue Yang: ETA 1994–2018 (2018); Haegue Yang: VIP’s Union (2017); and Haegue Yang: Family of Equivocations (2013).


ARTWORKS FROM THE EXHIBITION

Woven Currents – Confluence of Parallels

Haegue Yang. Woven Currents – Confluence of Parallels, 2020. Aluminum venetian blinds, powder-coated aluminum hanging structure, steel wire rope, LED tubes, cable, Dimensions Variable.. Purchase, with funds from Eleanor and Francis Shen, the David Yuile and Mary Elizabeth Hodgson Fund, Women’s Art Initiative, the Janet and Michael Scott Fund, the Contemporary Circle Fund, the Ivey Foundation Contemporary Art Endowment Fund, funds from Sandra and Leo Del Zotto, the Jay Smith and Laura Rapp Fund and the Molly Gilmour Fund, 2020. © Haegue Yang 2020/22

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Woven Currents Confluence of Parallels

Haegue Yang, Woven Currents – Confluence of Parallels, 2020. Aluminum venetian blinds, powder-coated aluminum hanging structure, steel wire rope, LED tubes, cable. Dimensions variable. Purchase, with funds from Eleanor and Francis Shen, the David Yuile and Mary Elizabeth Hodgson Fund, Women’s Art Initiative, the Janet and Michael Scott Fund, the Contemporary Circle Fund, the Ivey Foundation Contemporary Art Endowment Fund, Sandra and Leo Del Zotto, the Jay Smith and Laura Rapp Fund, and the Molly Gilmour Fund, 2020. 2020/22. Artwork © Haegue Yang, Photo © Art Gallery of Ontario.

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Woven Currents – Confluence of Parallels

Haegue Yang, Woven Currents – Confluence of Parallels (detail), 2020. Aluminum venetian blinds, powder-coated aluminum hanging structure, steel wire rope, LED tubes, cable. Dimensions variable. Purchase, with funds from Eleanor and Francis Shen, the David Yuile and Mary Elizabeth Hodgson Fund, Women’s Art Initiative, the Janet and Michael Scott Fund, the Contemporary Circle Fund, the Ivey Foundation Contemporary Art Endowment Fund, Sandra and Leo Del Zotto, the Jay Smith and Laura Rapp Fund, and the Molly Gilmour Fund, 2020. 2020/22. Artwork © Haegue Yang, Photo © Art Gallery of Ontario.

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Installation view, Emergence: Haegue Yang

Haegue Yang, Selected Sculptures, 2011–2020 (from left to right): Reflected Red-Blue Cubist Dancing Mask, 2018. Sonic Sphere with Enthralling Tetrad – Chevron-Ornamented Copper and Nickel, 2016–2018.Triple Verdant Clang Wild and Tamed, 2017. Sonic Clotheshorse – Dressage #3, 2019. Sonic Clotheshorse – Dressage #4, 2019. Dimensions variable. Installation view of Haegue Yang: Emergence, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada, 2020. Photography by Craig Boyko, AGO Image © 2020.

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Installation view, Emergence: Haegue Yang

Installation view, Emergence: Haegue Yang, October 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021. Artworks © Haegue Yang, Photo © Art Gallery of Ontario.

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Installation view, Emergence: Haegue Yang

Haegue Yang in collaboration with OK-RM (Oliver Knight and Rory McGrath), London. Eclectic Totemic, 2013. Digital colour print. Courtesy of the artists. Installation view of Haegue Yang: Emergence, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada, 2020. Photography by Craig Boyko, AGO Image © 2020.

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Installation view, Emergence: Haegue Yang

Installation view, Emergence: Haegue Yang, October 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021. Artworks © Haegue Yang, Photo © Art Gallery of Ontario.

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Installation view, Emergence: Haegue Yang

Installation view, Emergence: Haegue Yang, October 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021. Artworks © Haegue Yang, Photo © Art Gallery of Ontario.

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Haegue Yang, Afterimage. MDF, light bulbs, strobes, infrared lamps, cable, aluminum venetian blinds, refrigerator, mineral water bottles, Mylar tinsel, fan, timer, scent emitter

Haegue Yang, Afterimage, 2006/2020. MDF, light bulbs, strobes, infrared lamps, cable, aluminum venetian blinds, refrigerator, mineral water bottles, Mylar tinsel, fan, timer, scent emitter (Wood Fire), Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. Installation view, Emergence: Haegue Yang, October 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021. Artwork © Haegue Yang, Photo © Art Gallery of Ontario.

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Installation view, Emergence: Haegue Yang

Installation view, Emergence: Haegue Yang, October 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021. Artworks © Haegue Yang, Photo © Art Gallery of Ontario.

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Installation view, Emergence: Haegue Yang

Installation view, Emergence: Haegue Yang, October 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021. Artworks © Haegue Yang, Photo © Art Gallery of Ontario.

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Haegue Yang, Boxing Ballet and Windy Orbit – Brass Plated Second Cycle

Haegue Yang, Boxing Ballet, 2013/2015 and Windy Orbit – Brass Plated Second Cycle, 2015. Collection Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul. Installation view, Emergence: Haegue Yang, October 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021. Artwork © Haegue Yang, Photo © Art Gallery of Ontario.

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Haegue Yang, Boxing Ballet

Haegue Yang, Boxing Ballet, 2013/2015. Six sculptures in powder-coated steel frame, powder-coated metal grid, steel wire rope, brass plated bells, metal rings. Collection Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul. Installation view, Emergence: Haegue Yang, October 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021. Artwork © Haegue Yang, Photo © Art Gallery of Ontario.

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