Haegue Yang, ‘Golden Singular – Planet Instant Noodle’, 2013, STPI

Golden Singulars. with its enlarged presentation of okra, instant noodles, eggplant and shanghai greens, remains unique among the works generated from this collaboration. Presented in delicate, glittering tones, the food items hover on the surface, imparting a mystical and significant quality.

The centralized compositions and the use of gold against a strong, light-absorbing black invokes both Japanese aesthetics and the work of the American installation and performance artist James Lee Byars (1932-1997), who lived in Kyoto from 1958 to 1968. Yang’s interest in eccentric and exotic qualities often resonates with her interest in certain historical figures and their biographies, which may not be obvious but is nevertheless an aspect of the work.

Sold as a set of five prints from the Golden Singular series.

Image rights: © Haegue Yang/Singapore Tyler Print Institute

About Haegue Yang

Known for using utilitarian household items, from space heaters to extension cords, and placing them out of context, Haegue Yang’s works reflect the transitory nature of the artist’s own experience of living and working in multiple locations. Her works in video explore displacement and alienation in both geographical and personal terms through a combination of fiction and documentary. Yang’s visual, sound, and olfactory installations reveal the intersections of public and private. To this end, she often includes complex formations of ordinary Venetian blinds, which provide porous boundaries for viewers to navigate around. The installation Non-Indépliables (2006 –2011) features drying racks clothed in layers of colorful yarn or adorned with hanging lightbulbs, wires, and assorted pieces of fabric.

Korean, b. 1971, Seoul, South Korea, based in Berlin, Germany & Seoul, South Korea