Ran Hwang

Born in 1960 - South Korea


"I create large icons such as a Buddha or a traditional vase, using materials from the fashion industry".

Born in Pusan and trained as a realist painter at Chung Ang University in Seoul, Ran Hwang moved to New York in 1997 to attend the School of Visual Arts. After studying, she worked in an embroidery design studio in the garment district where her drawings were scanned into a computer, generating gorgeous machine-made patterns. While working there she noticed boxes and boxes of unused buttons, stacked in a corner. She asked if she could use them and was told, “Take as much as you like."Hwang soon began incorporating buttons, first into small scale collages and later in room-sized installations.

Ran Hwang uses fashion materials to dress her wooden or plexiglass panels. Threads, pins, beads, needles or cristal buttons, the Korean artist uses these tiny elements to create impressive pieces, full of poetry and dramatic spirituality. Both artist and craftsman, Ran Hwang imagines her works, often monochromatic, with infinite attention to detail and unique dexterity. Taking shape with distance, these dreamlike reliefs break down and reveal their composition while one approaches it. This accurate work requires both physical rigor and mental strength. Being buddhist, Ran Hwang built her work as a session of meditation with devotion and spiritualism.

"The process of building large installations are time consuming and repetitive and it requires manual ef- fort which provides a form of self-meditation. I hammer thousands of pins into a wall like a monk who, facing the wall, practices Zen. My works are divided into two groups. In the first, pins are used to hold buttons remain free to move and suggest the genetic human tendency to be irresolute. I choose buttons, which are as common and ordinary as human beings. In the second group of works, a massive number of pins connect yards of thread creating a negative space of the presented images, threads suggesting connections between human beings and a communication network between seemingly unlinked human experiences. The filled negative space in the absence of the positive space suggests mortality at the heart of self-recognition.»

Ran Hwang is present in many collections such as the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Contemporary Art Center of Des Moines as well as the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong and Paris.

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Asian Art Works, 798 Beijing, China
Leila Heller Gallery, New York, USA

KIAF 2013
Scope Basel 2013 - Inception Gallery, Paris

VIP Art Fair 2.0, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, USA

AHL Foundation Annual Auction, Lehmann Maupin Gallery,New York, USA
Sofia International Paper Art Biennale 2011, Sofia, Bulgaria
SCOPE Basel 2010, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
Art Paris Just Art!, Kashya Hilderbrand Gallery, Paris, France
Art Dubai 2011, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, United Arab Emirates
Finding Flow, Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju Island, Korea
Art Stage Singapore, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Singapore
India Art Summit, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, New Delhi, India
Nuovo Gallery, Daegu, Korea (solo)
Aha Moment!, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Art Center, Seoul, Korea

Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul, Korea (solo)
Fokus Lodz Biennale, Lodz, Poland
ART ASIA MIAMI, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Miami, USA
KUNST10, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
AHL Foundation, Gala Auction, Arario Gallery, New York, USA
B.I.E.N.N.A.L.E + ONE, Kwang-ju, Korea
KIAF 2010, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Seoul, Korea
ART TAIPEI 2010, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Taiwan
SCOPE Basel 2010, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Basel,Switzerland
Art HK10, Hong Kong International Art Fair, Kashya Hildebrand, Hong Kong
Art Dubai 2010, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, United Arab Emirates

Kaleidoscope, Galerie Kashya Hildebrand, Zurich, Switzerland
Beginning of a New Era, 40 Years Anniversary Exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Triple Light/Triple Luz – Contemporary Artists from Korea, Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Montevideo, Uruguay
Galerie Kashya Hildebrand, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2X13 Gallery, Paju, Korea (solo)

Facial of Art- 20 Years Anniversary exhibition, Seoul Art Center Museum, Seoul, Korea

Incarnation, Hammond Museum, New York, USA
2X13 Gallery, Seoul, Korea (solo)

Hass Gallery, Bloomsburg University, PA, USA (solo)
Queens International 2006, Queens Museum, New York

Refresh!, 2x13 Gallery, New York
Open Studio, Vermont Studio Art Center, Jonson Vermont, USA (solo)
When Art Encounters Fashion, Space Shin Choi, New York, USA

Hutchins Gallery, Long Island University, New York (solo)
Night of 1000 Drawings, Artist Space, New York, USA

Generation 1.0, Representing 100 years of Korean Immigration, Korean Cultural Service, Washington D.C., USA

Eat Art 5, HEAR art Co- Gallery, New York, USA
Yee Mook Gallery, Seoul, Korea (solo)
Hudson River Gallery, New York, USA (solo)

Artsenal Gallery, Paris, France (solo)
Abstractions in Mixed Media, School of Visual Arts Westside Gallery, New York, USA

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