The Moon's Trick

Hong, Y (2017) The Moon's Trick. Korean Cultural Centre, London, UK, 21 November - 29 December 2017.

Item Type: Exhibition
Creators: Hong, Y
Abstract: The Moon's Trick is the first solo exhibition at a public institution in the UK of Young In Hong. The exhibition focuses on a series of pieces made up of embroidered works, sound installation and performance. Embroidery, a signature working method of the artist, is presented as a focal point of the exhibition from which a sound installation and performance are evolved. Over the last decade, Hong’s large-scale embroidered works have been large not just in terms of their size and ambition, but also in terms of their labour-intensity. The images presented through the embroidery are often based on photos that Hong has found, images that depict Korea’s modern history. When choosing photographs to work with, of particular interest to Hong is often the crowd found within specific political and cultural incidents. Through the medium of embroidery, Hong attempts to capture the transitional nature of a collective experience, associated with religious, cultural and political rituals. Along with these existing pieces, Hong brings together a new body of work 1. - Prayers, No. 1-40 (2017), the abstract images of 40 pieces of embroidery in black and white, are derived from archive photos of post-war cityscapes from the Korean peninsula, as well as the frequent protests and demonstrations which occurred during the subsequent modernization period. For Hong, these archive photos become what she calls ‘photo-scores’. During the exhibition, the music played and recorded by the artist herself based on these ‘photo-scores’ can be heard through the speakers installed in the gallery space. 2. Hong’s exploration of the relationship between image and sound via ‘photo-scores’ is further explored in the full-length ensemble performance, Looking Down from the Sky (2017) launches on the opening of the exhibition.
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Date: November 2017
Funders: Arts Council Korea / Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, The Korean Cultural Centre UK
Event Location: Korean Cultural Centre, London, UK
Additional Locations: Exeter Phoenix (2 March - 22 April 2018)
Projects: Performance, Looking Down from the Sky
Number of Pieces: 9
Medium: 6 previous work ( embroidery on cotton), 1 work comprised of 40 framed drawings ( embroidery on canvas), Performance score ( comprised of 5 panel embroidery) , Video
Exhibition Catalogue Title: The Moon's Trick

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, including texts written by Sacha Craddock (Critic, Curator), Louise O'Kelly (Director, Block Universe) and Jeyun Moon (Curator, the KCC).

The exhibition was curated by Jeyun Moon. The performance aspect was different at each location due to the evolving nature of the repeated performances. Performers were Chihiro Ono, Therese Ramstedt and Jeremy Franklin with music provided by Club Inegales.

The Moon's Trick was part of Korea/UK season 2017-2018, the exhibition toured to Exeter Phoenix from 2 March till 22 April 2018.

Keywords: Korea/UK 2017-2018, solo exhibition, the KKC, Young In Hong, interdisciplinary project, embroidery, performance
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > ND Painting
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Bath School of Art, Film and Media
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Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2018 16:03
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2023 09:15
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