Wk5-Artist Conversation-Yeri Hwang

Artist: Yeri Hwang

Exhibition: “Within Us”

Media: Kinetic Sculpture

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East

Instagram: @yeriyeti

About the Artist

Yeri Hwang is currently a senior at California State University Long Beach and plans on graduating this semester. She will be completing her education with a bachelors degree in Studio Art. Yeri mainly focuses on illustrated and sculpture art. She originally geared her studies towards animation but decided to expand her horizon and take on new artistic forms. About a year ago, she began to explore electronic art and incorporated it into her exhibit, “Within Us.” Most of the art she creates is interactive. Although she does not know  what she wants to pursue after graduation, she admires the mystery of what her destination will be and actually relates this to her exhibit.

Formal Analysis

A lot of the art showcased in “Within Us” was electronic and interactive which made it a lot more personal. Yeri used many different mediums including wood, rubber, metal, glass, plastic, fog, and light. The exhibit itself was very dimly lit but a lot of the pieces projected light. I think this really connected to the meaning behind her work by representing hope and light when thing are rough.

Content Analysis

I was really attached to the meaning behind Yeri’s exhibit. Each piece of work had a small statement about personal discovery that made the whole experience really inspiring. Her exhibit aims to create greater personal discovery and growth while learning to forgive our past selves of difficult experiences. One of her pieces represented the freedom we have to make our life the way we wish and to really live to our potential, by pressing a button and essentially “creating the world.” We have the opportunity to create our own lives by following our dreams. I also really admired the interactive alter piece she created. This invited the audience to break down the barriers of self hatred an insecurities by writing them down and placing them on the alter.

Synthesis/My Experience

I truly believe we are our own enemies. Sometimes no matter how much people reassure us, we are so self critical and it really tears us down. I love the idea from “Within Us” of letting these feelings out and then letting them go. It’s really important to let go of the things that hold us back. If we don’t, we will never reach our full potential. We will remain unsatisfied in our lives. This connects back to Yeri’s piece “Progression” with the projector and gears. Through this exhibit, you can change the gears to alter the projection on the screen. This relates to our own ability to change how we view the world. Ultimately it is up to us and we just have to take the leap of faith, like with the sword piece. We have the choice to change how we want to see things within our life and I think this exhibit succeeded at explaining this. Overall, I felt inspired by all the pieces in Yeri’s exhibit and how they all connected to each other.

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