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Haegue Yang

 (born 1971)
Haegue Yang is active/lives in South Korea, Germany.  Haegue Yang is known for mixed-media sculpture of every day objects, Venetian blinds.

Haegue Yang

Biography from the Archives of askART

Haegue Yang is a South Korean artist. She lives and works in Berlin and Seoul. Yang often uses standard household objects in her works, and tries to liberate them from their functional context, and apply other connotations and meaning to them. “Linguistic and didactic processes” are central features of her work. Much of Yang’s artworks attempt to provide sensory experiences through abstract narratives.

Yang was born in South Korea in 1971. Her father, Hansoo Yang, is a journalist and her mother, Misoon Kim, is a writer. Yang received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (B.F.A.) in 1994 from the Seoul National University in Korea. In 1999, she received her Master's (Meisterschüler) in Städelschule Frankfurt am Main in Germany. Yang is based in Berlin and Seoul, so she often travels between the two cities. Her main studio is located in Kreuzberg, Germany.

After receiving her B.F.A., Yang moved to Berlin and began her artistic career in the late nineties. She is known for her creative use of the Venetian blinds in her works. She uses mundane objects and materials to create “complex and nuanced installations that are informed by poetry, politics, and human emotions.” Among her numerous art pieces, she has worked with laundry racks, decorative lights, infrared heaters, scent emitters, and industrial fans.

Yang is a contemporary artist exhibiting in various countries including the United States, France, Italy, England, Spain, China, and Japan. She dedicates most of her time creating new art pieces and working on exhibitions. She has also written and collaborated on many published works that correspond with the exhibitions she displayed.

In 2013, Yang had seven solo shows on three different continents, three publications, and other group exhibitions in that year as well. Yang has participated in the 2006 São Paulo Art Biennial*, the 55th Carnegie International* in Pittsburgh, the 2008 Turin Triennale, represented South Korea in the 53rd Venice Biennale *in 2009, and participated in dOCUMENTA Kassel* in Germany in 2012.

Yang’s first exhibition in the United States, titled "Brave New Worlds", was at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2007. In 2015, Haegue Yang participated in the Biennale de Lyon, the Sharjah Biennial and the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. The artist also had institutional exhibitions in Asia, at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, and the Leuum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul.

"Haegue Yang," Wikipedia, Jan. 2017

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Biography from the Archives of askART
Haegue Yang builds her mesmerizing, delightfully absurd sculptures from everyday objects ranging from frosted lightbulbs to hair rollers to fake plants to hand-knitted cosies. While not all of her works incorporate knitted and crocheted elements, allusions to craft and homemade trinkets appear across her oeuvre.

When paired with industrial materials and commercial products like clothing racks, Venetian blinds, and canned goods, they become icons for contradictory feelings of belonging and alienation, safety and suffocation that domestic life can inspire.

These are dichotomies with which Yang, who splits her time between Seoul and Berlin, is intimately familiar, and they emerge in big, immersive works like Sallim (2009), an abstract re-imagining of her Berlin kitchen, and Cup Cosies (2011), as well as a cohort of small plastic cups blanketed with knitted covers.

"Haegue Yang, These Artists Are Giving Knitting a Place in Art History," Editorial, Artsy, Web, Jan 2017

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About  Haegue Yang

Born:  1971 - South Korea
Known for:  mixed-media sculpture of every day objects, Venetian blinds