Artist: Yeri Hwang
Exhibition: Within Us
Media: Mixed-Media, Glass, Electronics
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Website: No website
Yeri Hwang is finishing up her 4th year in undergraduate CSULB College of the Arts. She is aspiring to get her BA in Studio Art. She had always known that she wanted to become an artist but never really pursued it till she got much older. She always dreamt of becoming a graphic novel artist.
Throughout the exhibit, Hwang used a mixture of multiple different materials. She made the art interactive, which I really enjoyed. A couple of examples of the soft side of the exhibit would be the smoke and clouds made out of cotton in the piece Destination and Mystery. The pieces Choice and Commitment and Acceptance and Forgiveness brought sharpness to the exhibit with the sword and broken glass shards. There was light presented to project the colors of Progression on the wall.
The exhibit, Within Us, shows the journey through life and all the obstacles that we encounter. Hwang’s point of the exhibit was to prove that we are all heroes in our very own stories. She had 6 different pieces: Origin, Destiny, Progression, Destination and Mystery, Choice and Commitment, and Acceptance and Forgiveness. Origin was the start of the exhibit where the journey starts. Destiny was where you would name the unborn child. Progression had multiple lens that showed the different views each individual had. Destination and Mystery was the cloudy house that showed that everyones lives are a little cloudy but eventually everything works out and clears up. The Choice and Commitment was the piece that had the sword. It’s purpose was to show that everyone needs to at least take the leap of faith just once in their lives. The last piece was Acceptance and Forgiveness. There was a shrine with broken glass that asked spectators to write down what they want to be forgiven for.
This exhibit really stood out to me because of how interactive it was. I really enjoyed it. I thought it was a really great idea. Also I really enjoyed how the piece could reflect back to everyone that viewed the art pieces since it is simply the journey of life. It definitely made an impact to my life as well.