David Jang, ‘Circle Series in White’, 2012, Artspace Warehouse

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David Jang was born in Seoul, Korea in 1975 and received his BFA from the College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, Minnesota, where he studied sculpture and painting. He strives to transform the detritus of urban life into minimalist paintings of formal elegance, both gritty and sublime. He hopes to inspire others to discover art as a necessity to the human condition, not a luxury.

David Jang’s work utilizes materials and object-making to articulate the countervailing forces inherent in the everyday—expansion and contraction, perfection and imperfection, force and balance, have and have not.
Jang’s process can be described as an exacting, fanciful, even obsessive re-appropriation of common materials—one in which he deconstructs, re-programs and re-constitutes industrial and commercial cast-offs to reveal new relationships between the object and the viewer. Most people know the media he uses in their ubiquitous forms—as a potato chip bag, a remote control, plastic jar, Styrofoam cup, coiled wire, light bulbs, et cetera—but coded also into each of these objects (and the materials from which they are composed) are its life’s instructions.

David Jang describes his process: “As I examine the continuum of the objects, I begin to discover the hidden subtexts and hierarchies these objects uphold—the social orders they sustain or subvert and the relationships they facilitate or fail. I attempt to foster a self-revelatory creative process, one that is empirical yet open-ended. In this way my work results, not in forced conversation, but in quasi-scientific discovery.”

This artwork is ready to hang, and it does not require framing. A certificate of authenticity and hanging hardware is included.

EDUCATION
1999 B.F.A., College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, Minnessota

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015 Kellogg University Art Gallery, Pomona, CA
TUB Gallery, Miami, FL
2014 Locust Projects, Miami, FL
2014 Los Angeles Art Fair - Gallery 825, CA
2013 Locust Projects, Miami, FL
Gallery 825 (LAAA), Los Angeles, CA
Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Downtown Art Center Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2012 Gallery 825 (LAAA), Los Angeles, CA
Palos Verdes Art Center, Rolling Hills Estates, CA
2011 Art Platform LA, Los Angeles, CA
Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Lois Lambert Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Downtown Art Center Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Gallery OMS, Fort Lee, NJ
2010 Gallery 825 (LAAA), Los Angeles, CA
Brand Library & Art Center , Glendale, CA
2009 Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Downtown Art Center Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
IT Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2008 FT Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2002 ED Gallery, Still Water, MN
2001 YY Gallery, Edina, MN
2000 Hilton Hotel, Minneapolis, MN
1999 Ford Centre Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015 Affordable Art Fair New York, NY
Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, CA
LA Art Show, Los Angele, CA
2014 Affordable Art Fair Hamburg, Germany
Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam, Netherlands
Art Toronto (Fine Art Fair), Canada
Houston Fine Art Fair, TX
Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA
TUB Gallery, Miami, FL
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Love Art Fair Toronto, Canada
AAF New York, NY
2013 Affordable Art Fair Seattle, WA
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
Gallery Y, Los Angeles, CA
2012 Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA
Locust Projects, Miami, FL
Lois Lambert Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
ZASK Gallery, Rolling Hills Estates, CA
2011 Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Coastline Art Gallery, Hunting Beach, CA
Gallery 825 (LAAA), Los Angeles, CA
Coastline Art Gallery, Hunting Beach, CA
2010 Gallerie Rheeway, Angeles, CA
Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
Santa Fe Convention Center, Santa Fe, NM
H. Kazan Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA
Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion, San Francisco, CA
2009 Heritage Art Center, Quezon, Manila, Philippines
Nagasaki Museum of fine art, Nagasaki, Japan
Pleiades Gallery, York, NY
West Los Angeles College Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
AD.C Art International, New York, NY
!iT Jeans INC, Angeles, CA
Gallery Western, Los Angeles, CA
2008 !iT Jeans INC, Los Angeles, CA
FT Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Downtown Art Center Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
Downtown Gallery Row, Angeles, CA
LA Art Association/ Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
2007 Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
2004 Sabina Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2003 Art Collective, Minneapolis, MN
2002 Art Collective, Minneapolis, MN
2001 Jacob Javits Center, New York, NY
Art Collective, Minneapolis, MN
2000 Art Collective, Minneapolis, MN
1999 Gingko’s Gallery, St. Paul, MN
Art Collective, Minneapolis, MN
1998 CVA Gallery, St. Paul, MN
Hamilton Gallery, St. Paul, MN
1997 CVA Gallery, St. Paul, MN

PUBLIC ART | SPECIAL TEAM PROJECT
2012 Home Shopping, Wilshire, Los Angeles, CA
2010 Commerce Studio, Commerce, CA
2009 Cham Restaurant, Pasadena, CA
!iT Shoppe (retail clothing store), Angeles, CA
2000 Participated in project of the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton, Ohio. Macalester College, ST. Paul, MN
1999 Participated in various projects and public sculptural commissions. Foster Wiley, Minneapolis,
1998 Participated in public art commission for Iowa City, Iowa. Macalester College, ST. Paul, MN

SELECTED REVIEWS AND ARTICLES
Art Book Guy
Artillery Magazine
HUFFPOST ARTS
Art Ltd.
Art Business
Diablo Magazine
Korea Times
KoreAm Magazine
Coagula Art Magazine
California Contemporary Art Magazine

About David Jang

Using such unlovely mass-produced materials as aluminum cans and Venetian blinds, David Jang crafts installations, wall pieces, and kinetic sculptures, through which he reveals the contradictions inherent in daily life. As he explains: “My work utilizes materials and object-making to articulate the countervailing forces inherent in the everyday: expansion and contraction, perfection and imperfection, force and balance, having and lacking.” For Jang, consumer and industrial goods are metaphors for our lives. He sees his practice as a form of discovery, in which he uncovers the poetry and pathos in, for example, a box fan. Prevaricate (2012) is composed of two facing walls of stacked box fans, with colored lines strung between them. As the fans turn in opposite directions, the lines become twisted and untwisted, as if illustrating the nature of prevarication itself and the way it tangles the truth.

Korean, b. 1975