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Jiha Moon, Fabulous Fictions

Moti Hasson Gallery
535 West 25th Street, 212-268-4444
May 5 - June 16, 2007
Reception: Saturday, May 5, 6 - 8 PM
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Moti Hasson Gallery is pleased to present the first New York solo exhibition of Korean-born, Atlanta-based artist Jiha Moon. For this exhibition, the Gallery will showcase a rich array of Moon’s works, all of which are presented on Hanji paper, either as framed pieces or wrapped over stretchers. Ranging from intimate to large-scale, Moon combines opposing themes and complex relationships to create works that explore both personal, as well as experiences of larger social significance.

This paradoxical juxtaposition and conceptual opposition extends to the artist’s painting style and process. By exploring - and thus exposing - the dynamic relationship between abstraction and representation, drawing and painting, history and contemporary, east and west, it becomes apparent how Moon is spontaneous and experimental, allowing chance to play an equal part in her work as much as she does focused premeditation.

“Fabulous” not only describes Moon’s work aesthetically, but stems from the word “fabula,” or “fable.” Culled from her having lived in many places and experiencing diverse cultures ranging from her native Korea to Atlanta, Georgia, where she currently lives and works, Moon draws from personal, historical, and fantastical vantage points to create narratives that consistently evidence visions of paradoxical utopias.

Among a handful of contemporary artists hailed for challenging and extending the category of Asian American art, Moon continues to develop a stunning lexicon of mark making with this exhibition. The artist herself has stated, “I am a cartographer of cultures and an icon maker in my lucid worlds. I want to be a visual interpreter of the mixed cultural world of my generation.”

Moon, who received her Master of Arts from the University of Iowa (2002), has exhibited at premier New York venues including Asia Society, The Drawing Center, and White Columns, as well as in other group and solo shows across the United States and internationally. In 2008, Moon will also be featured in a solo exhibition at The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina. She has been selected for residencies at Art Omi, Acadia Summer Art Program (Kippy Camp), and Singapore Tyler Print Institute through the Asia Society, among other awards. Her work is also part of such prestigious collections as the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington; Asia Society and Museum, New York; and the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, among others, and has been critically received by The New York Times, Art Papers, The Washington Post, and The New York Sun, among others.

Also showing at the Moti Hasson Gallery during this time is Shirley Shor: Disorder.
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