Haegue Yang, Towers on String—Variant Dispersed, 2012/13. Venetian blinds, aluminum hanging structure, powder coating.

Haegue Yang


Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington

South Korean-born and Berlin-based multimedia artist Haegue Yang has proved her mettle. With a clever imagination, she has shown that she can assemble unique and, at times, puzzling works characterized by a cool ambition. Following the concerns of traditional women’s work, she pays close attention to common household objects and wraps them in colored fabric; but she also quotes from and interprets scattered ideologies from the early 20th-century avant-garde. She combines her own spunky energy with the European intellectual tradition and then adds an element of the unexpected as in Series of Vulnerable Arrangements—Voice and Wind (2009), a beautiful multi-sensory installation with Venetian blinds and a wind machine that emitted various scents (Korean pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale). Her recent exhibition introduced a different look into her work.…see the entire review in the print version of September’s Sculpture magazine.