Monday, July 5, 2010

Absence and Presence

Instead of using ordinary buttons and pins to stitch up clothes, Korean-born artist Ran Hwang creates amazingly large installations of birds and cherry blossom trees. When you look up close, the amount of individual buttons is somewhat overwhelming, but from afar, the installation transforms into one breathtaking image. No adhesive is used so the buttons are free to stay and move, which implies the genetic human tendency to be irresolute. She uses buttons because  according to her they are common and ordinary, like the existence of human beings.

Hwang graduated from the School of Visual Arts in NYC and has exhibited her work in New York, Paris and Seoul.


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