“Sin-Yeoseong – 신여성 – New Women” EN Hong
In a shrinking world, increasingly interconnected by invisible tunnels burrowed deep within our consciousness and in-between the many devices that have become our infinite extenders, to be one thing and one thing alone is impossible. Modern life is a series of concurrent identity performances defined by concentric circles beyond our individual control: nationality, gender, socioeconomic status, shifts in global hegemony, technology, education, ancestral lines, migration patterns, love, and coincidence. While this has always been true, every generation has experienced such evolution at an exponentially accelerated speed.
Korean-born artist EN HONG explores how tectonic cultural collisions, put in motion by the ‘New Women’ of 1920’s colonial Korea, and catalyzed by the Korean war, have shaped feminine identity in modern Korea. Through her depictions of 21st century Ulzzang Girls’ paradoxical embrace of Western beauty ideals she presents a world where traditionalism fought modernity, patriarchy grappled with feminism, capitalism met communism, and the women of Korea were thrust into the center of a global cultural whirlpool.
Join us for an opening reception with the Artist from 6-9pm.
Korean Beverages provided by Asian Beverage Co. / HiteJinro
Appearing to Appear
recent intermedia works by Sean Peuquet
Sometimes things just appear to appear—like when our search for what’s real results in a commodified reality being sold back to us, a reality that becomes an appearance of itself. Food products, television shows, politically correct social sentiments, photographic images, music performances, and so on all exhibit this tendency to some extent, a tendency that was already prefigured by Duchamp’s readymades and Cage’s silence.