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Series of Vulnerable Arrangements -- Domestics of Community

Haegue Yang (Korean, b. 1971)


Medium Installation with seven light sculptures composed of clothing rack and shoe rack on casters, light bulbs, cable, knitting yarn, rope, socks, hammock net, aluminum venetian blinds, stainless steel strainer, paint grill, fish grill, plastic tube, plastic packages, plastic funnel, tin, buttons, metal ring, metal sponge, silver tinsel, mardi gras bits, toy spring, garden supply, and sea shells Measurements No Measurements Credit A. W. Mellon Acquisition Endowment Fund Accession Number 2010.1.A-.G Location Not on View


Haegue Yang lives and works between Seoul, South Korea, and Berlin, Germany. She resists one defining medium, engaging with sculpture, wall drawing, books, the moving image, photography, and installation, as in Series of Vulnerable Arrangements—Domestics of Community (2009). Frequently abstract, Yang’s forms are nonetheless replete with autobiographical and political references, and are suffused with the artist’s personal sense of place. Her approach to abstraction treats objects and formal elements as a kind of language, capable of conveying a story without conventional linear narrative. By instigating tensions between constructed forms and found objects, and phenomena such as darkness, light, and heat, Yang suggests material metaphors for the delicate connections forged in the home and in communities, between public and private realms. With Series of Vulnerable Arrangements—Domestics of Community (2009), one must read Yang’s works—these vulnerable arrangements—through an anthropomorphizing lens. Each sculpture has its own character, defined by areas of massed material, dangling lights, awkward accumulations, and tensions of surface quality. Through these choreographed relationships between each element’s formal qualities, function, and connotative meaning, Yang overlays the intimate relationships of domestic life onto conceptions of greater political, social, and cultural community.

Artist Bio

Haegue Yang graduated with her BFA from Seoul National University in 1995 and in 1997 received an exchange program grant to study at Cooper Union in New York City.  She completed her Masters degree at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künst in Frankfurt in 1999. In 2009, she became the first woman ever chosen to represent the Republic of Korea at the Venice Biennale, and her first major solo exhibition in the U.S. will open at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis on September 24th. Her work has also been featured in solo exhibitions at venues such as Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2008); Redcat, Los Angeles (2008); Kunsthalle, Hamburg (2008); Cubitt Gallery, London (2008); Portikus, Frankfurt (2008); Galerie Barabara Wien (2007, 2004, 2000); Westfälisches Landesmuseum, Münster (2005); Hessisches Landesmuseum (2004); Gallery Lawrence O’Hana, London (2004); Public, Paris (2003); Komunale Galerie, Darmstadt (2001); and Rraum, Frankfurt (1999, 1995).  In addition to being selected for the 55th Carnegie International (2008), The 3rd Guangzhou Triennial in Guangdong, China (2008), the 2nd Turin Triennial (2008), the 2007 Prague Biennale, and the 2006 São Paulo Biennale, Haegue Yang’s work has recently been featured in group exhibitions at venues including Los Angeles C Museum of Art (2009); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2009); Freer Sackler, Washington, D.C. (2009); The Power Plant, Toronto (2008); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2007); and Lisson Gallery, London (2007).