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South Korean artist Haegue Yang makes conceptual work using everyday materials, which she employs in abstract and subtly narrative ways. Dividing her time between Seoul and Berlin, Haegue Yang makes conceptual work using everyday materials, which she employs in abstract and subtly narrative ways.
The range from compositions featuring envelope security patterns to sculptures built around products like clothing racks. The year-old artist has made sculptures and installations out of Venetian blinds since This interview is from our publication One Artist, One Material: Fifty-five makers on their medium, available for purchase here.
You first used Venetian blinds in Series of Vulnerable Arrangements — Version Utrecht, your multisensory installation from How did your interest in blinds develop? The obliqueness of the blinds achieved an ambivalence of being comfortingly separated yet sufficiently connected.
This discovery informed my next piece, Series of Vulnerable Arrangements — Blind Room , also from Although the contemplation of senses occurred individually, visitors were bound to one another through a shared experience of fragmentation and separation. How has using Venetian blinds helped you to think about space and architectural volume? My installation, Mountains of Encounter , marked the first shift from narration to abstraction.
As lights and blinds intensely confronted each other, heroic and universal qualities of this encounter penetrated across history. Abstraction gives value to narratives that appear within and around us without constituting its own limits. Your installations seem to be inspired by figures from literature, their politics and passions. How do Venetian blinds enable you to develop an abstract narrative? One example is Lethal Love from , which lingered on the intense companionship and tragic end in the story of Petra Kelly, founding member of the German Green Party, and Gert Bastian, former German general and peace-movement hero.
The viewer, however, remained more or less blind to the concrete narrative, which is my goal in achieving abstraction. For me, abstraction gives value to narratives that appear within and around us without constituting its own limits. How important is it that visitors understand the meaning behind the piece? What triggered this aspect of your work? They leap to conclusions that logic cannot reach.
The work becomes progressively opaque as the layers of blinds accumulate, while the shallow areas maintain their transparency. Experiencing modern Korean history, with its long and brutal military dictatorship — a dominance of state-led economic development and the sacrifice of freedom of speech and democratic values — made me conscious of the authoritarian abuse of power.
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