Jiha Moon: Falk Visiting Artist

  • Jan 18, 2014 – Apr 13, 2014
  • The Louise D. and Herbert S. Falk, Sr. Gallery
Jiha Moon, "Yellow Wave" (detail), 2013, ink, acrylic, glitter, and
embroidery patches on Hanji paper, 50 x 90 in. Courtesy of the artist,
Saltworks Gallery, Atlanta and Curator’s Office, Washington, DC.
  • Jiha Moon: Falk Visiting Artist
  •  Foreign Love

Known for combining traditional Asian landscape-painting techniques with American Modern and Pop art influences, Moon’s colorful compositions blur the lines between East and West to speak to the cultural pluralism of contemporary society. Composed with flowing, gestural brushstrokes, and an array of iconic references (emoticons, Lucky Cats, lotus blossoms, scrolls), her imaginative mash-ups offer an intense experience. Her exhibition at the Weatherspoon, Foreign Love, mixes multiple cultural references to play upon the idea of shifting identities and includes work on paper, ceramic sculptures, and a series of talisman-like works inspired by Korean norigae.

Adopting many different artistic styles and integrating symbols that range from computer emoticons to Hopi Kachina and Korean masks, called Tal, in her newest work, the artist asks us to navigate through a complex iconography. At the same time, her use of unusual colors and amalgam of various brush strokes in her “fan paintings,” upend notions of traditional landscape painting at the same time as they move the compositions towards sculptural form. Moon has included the peach shape, an icon of the state of Georgia, in her work for many years, but in this exhibition the works themselves take fan and peach shapes that can also be read as masks, body parts, or hearts.

Jiha Moon (b. 1973, Korea; lives in Atlanta) received her MFA from the University of Iowa and BFA from Korea University, Seoul. Recent solo exhibitions include MOCA GA, Atlanta (2013); Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum, Nashville (2011); Williams Paper Museum, Atlanta (2009); and Mint Museum, Charlotte (2008). Her work has been included in group exhibitions internationally, including at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia (2011); the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond (2010); the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC (2008); and the Drawing Center, New York (2007). She was a 2011 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant. Moon is represented by Saltworks Gallery, Atlanta; Curator’s Office, Washington, DC; and Mary Ryan Gallery, New York. 

As the Spring 2014 Falk Visiting Artist at the Weatherspoon and the Art Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Moon will present a lecture and gallery talk on her work and participate in MFA graduate student critiques.

This exhibition was originally organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia as part of the 2012/13 Working Artist Projects award program. Xandra Eden, Curator of Exhibitions organized the exhibition at the Weatherspoon. Special thanks to the 2013/14 Falk Visiting Artist Committee.

Related programs

Artist Gallery Talk • Wed Jan 15 @ 4pm (Open to UNCG students, faculty + staff)

Artist Talk • Thu Jan 16 @ 5:30pm (Open to the public)

Noon @ the 'Spoon • Tue Feb 11 @ 12pm


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