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Open Site: Mixed Media Works by Korean Artist Tae Eun Ahn

  • Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. 2370 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20008 United States (map)

Open Site: Mixed Media Works by Korean Artist Tae Eun Ahn

WHAT: Art exhibition, performance, artist talks, & public opening reception

ARTIST: Tae Eun Ahn

WHEN: Opening Reception: Friday, July 12 at 6:00 p.m.

ON VIEW: July 12 – August 7, 2019 (open M-F, 9 a.m. - noon & 1-6 p.m.)

WHERE: Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. (2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW)

RSVP HERE for the Opening Reception

No RSVP needed during regular hours.

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents Open Site, the first U.S. solo exhibition of works by Korean artist Tae Eun Ahn, whose tactile and visceral art seeks to expand our perception of the world by examining the role of the body as a bridge between internal and external existence. Open Sitefeatures works in a variety of media that attempt to capture traces of the body in motion, including six videos and installations, six photographic works, four paintings, one sculpture created primarily out of clay, and a live performance by the artist herself.

This special exhibition is guest curated by Betsy Johnson, Assistant Curator at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. In Johnson’s words, Ahn’s artwork is a powerful meditation on the ephemeral nature of life, reflecting a hard-won understanding of the continual work that it requires of us. Ahn’s practice traverses the boundaries between inside/outside and self/other, always beginning and ending with the body, which she understands as the primary site through which we encounter the world. Envisioning life as an accumulation of movements—some made consciously, others unconsciously—Ahn performs simple gestures that are recorded in highly-responsive materials such as clay, plaster, and silicon. By fixing these actions in objects, she collects traces of her presence as a way to dispel her anxieties over the unpredictability of what lies ahead. In this way, Ahn has crafted an artistic practice that helps her embrace the continual process of building and rebuilding that characterizes existence.

The exhibition opening program will include a special performance by Ahn of an original work tailored to accompany the art exhibition. Titled You Walk Wrong, the performance explores how the body and its movement play a significant role in perception by investigating one of the most ordinary, daily actions: walking. The performance takes place on a balance beam covered in clay, as Ahn carries out the deceptively simple task of walking from one side to the other without falling.

Admission to the opening reception on Friday, July 12 at 6:00 p.m., which includes the artist talk and performance, is free and open to the public, but registration is required below. Open Site will remain on view during regular hours through August 7, 2019.