02. Artists

Haegue Yang

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b. 1971 in Seoul (South Korea); lives and works between Seoul and Berlin (Germany)

Haegue Yang separates everyday objects and materials – venetian blinds, fans, infrared detection devices, etc. – from their primary functions and invests them with a new, poetic meaning with political or emotional overtones. Her often abstract constructions are in fact sensory experiences whose crux is an implicit critique of the modern.

Haegue Yang represented South Korea at the 2009 Venice Biennale. She has also shown at Documenta (Kassel), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), the ICA (Boston) and the Samsung Museum of Art (Seoul).

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Works


La vie moderne

Sol LeWitt Upside Down – Structure with Three Towers, Expanded 23 Times, Split in Three, 2015

Haegue Yang has designed a huge installation comprising over 500 venetian blinds. Although her earlier works were usually triggered by historical and political references, Haegue Yang sees this one as a new departure towards abstraction – a kind of shaking off of the strictures of composition, colours, structures and forms. Haegue Yang has taken inspiration from Sol LeWitt (1928-2007), one of the pioneers of conceptual art, for whom the working out of the artwork was more important than the work itself. Sol LeWitt conceived his works using geometrical units, repeated according to precise rules. He created one series of sculptures, for example, where the cubes that it was made up from were determined by a minimum number of edges. Haegue Yang’s installation makes direct reference to Sol LeWitt’s Structure with Three Towers (1986). In Haegue Yang’s piece the original work has been magnified 23 times, placed upside down and divided into three, while the edges of the cubes have been replaced by blinds placed horizontally. The blinds are superimposed on one another in horizontal layers and hung from the ceiling of the Sucrière, creating an interplay of light and shade that shifts and changes with the visitor’s point of view.

Courtesy de Chantal Crousel, Paris et Kukje Gallery, Seoul

Venues : La Sucrière

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Haegue Yang
Sol LeWitt Upside Down – Structure with Three Towers, Expanded 23 Times, Split in Three - 2015
La vie moderne | La Sucrière
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Sol LeWitt Upside Down – Structure with Three Towers, Expanded 23 Times, Split in Three - 2015
La vie moderne | La Sucrière
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Haegue Yang
Sol LeWitt Upside Down – Structure with Three Towers, Expanded 23 Times, Split in Three - 2015
La vie moderne | La Sucrière