Imi Hwangbo – Ellen Miller Gallery, Boston

 

Ellen Miller Gallery

38 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116, USA

+1 617 536 4650

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Imi Hwangbo

Born 1967 in Daegu, Korea


Imi Hwangbo’s current work explores the notion of constructed drawings.  The pieces are fabricated with translucent mylar that is colored, cut in elaborate patterns, and layered in such quantity that sculptural forms are created.  Hwangbo’s constructed drawings are created with a combination of digital technology and labor-intensive hand processes. Her imagery is based on a wide range of decorative patterns from Korean wrapping cloths called pojagi to the ornamentation of Buddhist temple doors and Italian cathedrals.  In her work, these traditional patterns are reconfigured and expanded into space.  Light is used a medium to convey the image, with patterns gaining depth through the translucent layering of light and shadow. As critic Lilly Wei has written: “Hwangbo’s geometric motifs and lacy botanicals are related to traditional designs, filtered through a modernist syntax of diamonds, circles, and squares configured as infinitely expandable systems in which solids and voids are similarly important and mind and dream intertwine.”

Imi Hwangbo, Peri II, 2010, handcut mylar and archival ink, 20 x 12 x 1 inches
Imi Hwangbo, Lepidoptera, 2005, handcut mylar and archival ink, 73 x 20 x 3 inches
Imi Hwangbo, Lepidoptera (detail), 2005, handcut mylar and archival ink, 73 x 20 x 3 inches
Imi Hwangbo, Verso Variation 1, 2012, cut mylar and archival ink, 14.5 x 11.5 x 0.5 inches
Imi Hwangbo, Verso Variation 1 (detail), 2012, cut mylar and archival ink, 14.5 x 11.5 x 0.5 inches