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Chang-Ae Song
updated: 01/11/2010
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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MASS - Coast III
MASS-portal
MASS - Cloud
MASS - Cloud
MASS - Cloud
Details of MASS - Clod and cloud
MASS - Clod and cloud
MASS - Noah's Ark
Detail of MASS - Noah's Ark
Eying/Iing
MASS-spore
Details of MASS - spore
Where we can't go
Where we can't go
MASS-Invented sky
 
Portfolio Keywords:  political, collage, figurative, landscape, historical, nature, spiritual, organic, repetition, meditative
 
 
MASS - Coast III by Chang-Ae Song
MASS - Coast III
graphite pencil, acrylic paint, photocopied collage on paper
2007
60" x  420" 
MASS-portal  by Chang-Ae Song
MASS-portal
Graphite, acrylic, photocopied collage, door knob on panels
2008
Dimensions variable
MASS - Cloud  by Chang-Ae Song
MASS - Cloud
graphite pencil, acrylic paint, photocopied collage on paper
2008
22 " x  22 " 
MASS - Cloud  by Chang-Ae Song
MASS - Cloud
graphite pencil, acrylic paint, photocopied collage on paper
2008
22 " x  22 " 
MASS - Cloud by Chang-Ae Song
MASS - Cloud
graphite pencil, acrylic paint, grid on paper
2008
38 " x  38 " 
Details of MASS - Clod and cloud by Chang-Ae Song
Details of MASS - Clod and cloud
graphite pencil, acrylic paint, photocopied collage on paper
2008
60 " x  228 " 
MASS - Clod and cloud  by Chang-Ae Song
MASS - Clod and cloud
Graphite pencil, acrylic paint, photocopied collage on paper
2008
5" x  34" 
MASS - Noah's Ark by Chang-Ae Song
MASS - Noah's Ark
graphite pencil, acrylic paint, photocopied collage, dandelion seed on mulberry paper
2007
84" x  144" 
Detail of MASS - Noah's Ark by Chang-Ae Song
Detail of MASS - Noah's Ark
graphite pencil, acrylic paint, photocopied collage, dandelion seed on mulberry paper
2007
Dimensions variable
Eying/Iing by Chang-Ae Song
Eying/Iing
Marble, mirror, red wall and frame
2008
Dimensions variable
MASS-spore by Chang-Ae Song
MASS-spore
graphite pencil, acrylic paint, photocopied collage on paper & chair
2008
Dimensions variable
Details of MASS - spore by Chang-Ae Song
Details of MASS - spore
Graphite pencil, acrylic paint, photocopied collage on paper
2008
Dimensions variable
Where we can't go by Chang-Ae Song
Where we can't go
Street paint, grid on painted floor in yellow
2009
Dimensions variable
Where we can't go by Chang-Ae Song
Where we can't go
Street paint, grid on painted floor in yellow
2009
Dimensions variable
MASS-Invented sky by Chang-Ae Song
MASS-Invented sky
Graphite pencil, acrylic paint, grid on paper
2009
7 1/2 " x  22 " 

Artist Statement
Mass Landscape

In my recent MASS drawing series, I am exploring human nature and the human condition in relation to our current cultural, social, ethical, and political situations, using multiple images of human figures to form landscapes.

I employ strategies of dual perspectives and scale. For example, the viewer encounters a panoramic view of a graceful landscape. This panorama might seem at first cliché, reminiscent of romantic landscapes in both Eastern and Western art. Upon closer observation, though, unexpected human images challenge the viewer, contrasting their first impression of what the work was going to be about. Details of fragmented human bodies — entangling, wrestling, climbing, mixing — seem sexual, grotesque, even sinister. Up close, the image appears far more complex and ambiguous. The contradiction of these dual perspectives, the macro and micro, shifts the meaning and experience of the work.

The original source of the figure drawings I incorporate into landscapes comes from online newspaper photos of the Abu Ghraib detainees. One photograph in particular shocked me; it depicted naked figures climbing on top of one another in a pyramid. It was the most appalling and humiliating photo I’ve ever seen. I use this appropriated image as a basic element, multiplying and manipulating it through photocopying. I conceive of this essential mechanical process as like a mutation in science: a single cell multiplies endlessly by division with modification. This mechanical process also alludes to both constructive and destructive aspects of war and its endless cycle of human atrocities.

The meaning of the figures morphs and expands through photocopying and it takes on multiple and timeless meanings, with historical references to genocide, sexuality, landscape, etc. The ambiguous interrelationship between humans and nature is the core question of my work: Are these figures elements that activate our inanimate land or are they trash to be swept away?

Artist Bio / CV

Education

2008 M.F.A in Painting, Graduate School of Univ. of Oregon
1997 M.F.A in Korean Painting, Graduate School of Sookmyung  
         Women's Univ. (Seoul, Korea)
1995 B.F.A in Painting, College of Fine Arts, Sookmyung Women's
         Univ.

Solo Exhibition

2005 Cityscapes (White Lotus Gallery, Eugene, OR)
2002 Impression of Metropolitan, Seoul
         (White Lotus Gallery, Eugene, OR)
2001 Manif: Seoul International Art Fair (Seoul Art Center, Seoul)
         Life – Confluence (Pegasus Gallery, Corvallis, OR)
2000 Soul of Seoul (Fairbanks Gallery of Art, OSU, OR)
1998 Life – Wall (Kongpyung Art Center, Seoul)
1996 Life – Coexistence (Seokyung Gallery, Seoul)

Group Exhibition

2008 Pacific Currents (Archer Gallery, Clark College, WA)
         OSU Faculty Exhibit (Fairbanks Gallery, OSU, OR)
         Recent Graduate Exhibit (Blackfish Gallery, PDX, OR)
         Eying - Installation (Eric Washburn Gallery, Eugene, OR)
         Open/End MFA Terminal Show
         (Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR)
         Habitat (LaVern Krause Gallery, Eugene, OR)
2006 The Exchange Exhibit between OSU & Kaye Academic     
         College of Israel

         (Beer-Sheva, Israel & Concourse Gallery, OR)
         Imagining Ourselves Virtual Exhibit
         (International Museum of Woman, San Francisco, CA)
         Dwellings (NORTHWIND Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA)
         Beyond Borders, Trends in Asian Contemporary Art
         (Azuma Gallery, Seattle, WA)

Award

2007 Jury’s Choice: The 5th Around Oregon Annual
         (Corvallis Art Center, Corvallis, OR)
2005 Honorable Mention: Art on Paper, juried by Pamela Wilson,
         Executive Director, Maryland Foundation of Art
          (Gallery International, Baltimore, MD)
2003 The 3rd place: New Directions 03, juried by Temero  
         Mosaka, curator of Contemporary Art in Brooklyn Museum of
         Art (Barrett Art Center, NY)
1998 The 1st Prize: The 17th Grand Art Exhibition of Korea
         (National Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwachon, Korea)