Artists: Yeri Hwang
Exhibition: Within Us
Media: wood, plaster, latex, acrylic, drywall, gears, electronics, mirrors, plastic candles
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
Website: Currently no website.
About the Artist
Yeri is currently lives in Long Beach and is an undergrad student. She is a senior, so this will be her last semester in CSULB. She is working toward her BFA degree in the School of Art’s of Illustration and Kinetic Sculpture Program. It took her 2 weeks to create the exhibition and she had felt that her art was incomplete, but as she saw people interact with her art she realized that it was complete. Her overall inspiration for her art is that it should be for everyone and should be interactive. There is a specific order to her artwork, she has placed each art piece according to her perception of life. Her goal was for her exhibition to speak to everyone, therefore naming it Within Us.
As I mentioned earlier, she placed each art piece in a specific order. Walking through the exbition, there were written notes next to each piece that describes there purpose/thoughts. Each piece is also very hands-on. From pressing buttons, to a sword (from the legend of King Author) that lights up when touched, to finally writing a notes and placing it on an alter it all comes together in a unique way. She used all kinds of different materials, for example, electronics, wood, latex, gears, mirrors, plastic candles, and acrylic to create her painting.
The first piece, one of my favorite’s, is called Origin. The slideshow above shows the famous piece The Creation of Adam painted by Michelangelo. When you press the button Adam and God move toward each other and a light flashes. Written below the piece is, “Thus you have created the world. The humans took their first step in the universe and the gods woke up from their first slumber.” Meaning that when God breathed life into Adam in return it brought back life into God. Just as we feel dependent on God, God also is dependent of us. The art piece with gears and different colors is called Progression. The different gears with color signify that we all have our own views and perceptions that affect our reality. Just like when we put sunglasses our vision is changed. The house being looked outside the window is called Destination and Mystery. When a black button was pushed a fog would begin to cover the house giving it a sense of mystery. Yeri said that we will always be looking out the window. The house is out of reach because we are always looking for a new destination. For example a dream job or school can be our goal but once we’ve accomplished them, we tend to keep looking for another destination which is a mystery. The Acceptance and Forgiveness art piece, Yeri talked about that we all experience insecurities and have imperfections. She said that it’s the imperfections that teach and give us rich life experiences. With her artwork she wanted to express that it is okay to be honest with ourselves and always be willing to forgive ourselves. Her exhibition expresses that we ourselves can be our worst enemy but within us also lives a god, we all have a story to tell and share with the world.
I really liked how all of her art pieces were hands on. It was my first time going to an art exhibition that isn’t just looking at the art. The audience was involved as part of each art piece. I enjoyed all of her work, my favorite ones though were Origin and Acceptance and Forgiveness. I like Origin because it not only represent humans being given life but also God. I feel she chose the perfect art piece to represent the start of human life. The Acceptance and Forgiveness asked for us to write what we wish to forgive ourselves and place it on the alter. To be honest, I couldn’t think of what to write and was taken back by it because at the end of the note it asks to forgive yourself. Forgiving yourself is something that can be difficult to do, but it made me realize the importance of being at peace with yourself. Now that I’ve thought about it I would of wrote, I forgive on being so hard on myself. The shoulda, coulda, woulda can stay and linger on your mind. Accepting the past is hard but in the end your freedom will be granted. Forgiveness is what is needed in order to move on, live life to the fullest without regrets, and learn from our mistakes. All the good and bad help us become who we are and in the end we should embrace it.