May 3 – June 29, 2013
First Friday Gallery Walk: May 3, 6-10pm
Artist Talk: Friday May 3, 5:30pm
Joomi Chung, Surfaces
For May 3-June 29, 2013, artist Joomi Chung’s work will be on display in the exhibit Surfaces at Artspace, a nonprofit visual art center in Raleigh. Joomi Chung’s Surfaces is a 30 by 50-foot floor installation made of recycled rubber. She created the shapes by abstracting found images, with a process that begins by tracing images from various sources onto clear acetate rolls and then reworking the two-dimensional shapes into three dimensions. She composes the hundreds of rubber forms onto the ground in an ever-changing installation. Each individual shape is lightweight, and as it accrues in a floor installation, it becomes very heavy. A form of radical mapping, she translates memories into lived experiences or, as the artist puts it, the “topographical landscape of memory.” Chung is interested in the physical relationship of her work with viewers, and in creating a simultaneous visual and physical space, “interpreted as a map and contemplated as a landscape.”
Born in South Korea, Joomi Chung moved to the U.S. in 2001. Chung earned a B.F.A. in painting and an M.F.A. Research Certificate at Hong IK University in Seoul, South Korea. She went on to obtain an M.F.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her work is a part of several permanent collections, including the Dayton Art Institute and the Cincinnati Art Museum. Recent exhibitions include the December Artists Group Exhibition, SÍM Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland and The 12th Alpan International 2010, Alpan Gallery, Huntington, N.Y. at which she was awarded Best in Show by juror Hitomi Iwasaki, Director of Exhibitions at the Queens Museum of Arts in New York.