Harrington Street Gallery
Eunjoo Jang, 'Blended Reality'
An Art Incubator project
20 March - 14 April 2019
Opening Wednesday 20 March, 6-8pm
My practice explores the phenomenon of virtualisation, which is sometimes referred to as ‘blended reality’ or the act of creating a virtual (rather than actual) version of something. With the aid of computers, people have adapted the principle of virtuality and developed its potential into actuality. As a contemporary example, one can ‘visit’ a location using Google Earth to preview a location and prepare to visit it physically. One can see the different features of the surroundings, and in particular the shapes of buildings as well as the layout of a suburb. In this context, and in tandem with the physical journey, an individual’s experience of the physical and the virtual presence through mobile and computerised technology is blended and amplified.
My work juxtaposes contemporary digital theory with the analogue, thus enabling the viewer to appreciate my interpretation of blended reality. My work records the spaces I walk through. For example, on a daily basis I walk through suburbs and streets, viewing long rows of double-storey brick terraces from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is these exteriors that provoke a curiosity about an aerial view of the layout of these buildings which I then depict by employing geometric shapes, various colours and scratch hologram. The scratch holograms represent ‘the virtual’, while line drawings and painting represent the physical. In doing this, they act as the ‘real’ representation.
Eunjoo Jang, 2019
Eunjoo Jang was born in South Korea and now lives and works in Australia. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons. Class 1) from UNSW Art & Design in 2013. Jang completed a Master of Fine Arts (Research) at the same institution in 2016 and was a recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award (2014-2016). Jang was awarded several art prizes during this period at university and in 2018 she was a finalist in several art prizes including the Paddington Art Prize, the Lethbridge 10000, and the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art prize. In 2018 Jang also received a highly commended award in the Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Award, with her work being acquired for the Macquarie Group Collection. Jang is a recipient of an Art Incubator Grant and will hold her solo exhibition at Galerie pompom in March/April 2019.
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