AUGUST 15 - SEPTEMBER 7, 2013
HYE YEON NAM
Curated by Liz Kwon
Opening Reception: Thursday August 15, 6 – 8 pm
Gallery HO is pleased to announce the opening of a solo exhibition by Hye Yeon Nam,
the winner of Gallery HO’s “2013 Open Call for Artists,” on August 15, 2013. Curated
by Liz Kwon, Bold Movement reflects the artist’s exploration in digital media and
technology. She works on interactive installations and performance video, portraying
the struggles in coping with different cultures.
Her video work, Wonderland, was screened in Times Square in New York City (2009) and
her work was also showcased in The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
(2011-2012) in Washington D.C. as part of the group exhibition of Asian women artists.
She recently had a solo exhibition at Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia.
Gallery HO is pleased to introduce various works of Hye Yeon Nam in Bold Movement as
her first solo exhibition in Manhattan, NY.
In her performance video, Hye Yeon Nam oddly performs and repeats simple, everyday
behaviors. The artist seeks to represent her experience of immigration moving
from Korea to the United States that even the simple tasks could become foreign.
The installation, Self-Portrait, consists of four video projections, in which the artist
presents herself eating with a stick instead of a spoon, drinking out of a cup that has
a hole, walking in extremely big shoes and eating lunch on a leaning chair. Her work
demonstrates how daily, commonplace behaviors could suddenly become strange and
unfamiliar. Simultaneously, she attempts to show her feeling of displacement due to
Hooray is an interactive sculpture composed of more than two hundreds human
figures in double rows on the wall with a video on the opposite wall. When participants
approach Hooray, the figures individually bow, as the participants’ shadows block light
sensors and activate motors to cause the figures to move. The obedience of the small-
scaled human figures to the participants represents a hierarchical power relationship in
our society and questions if we are living in a true democracy.
Hye Yeon Nam BIO
Hye Yeon Nam is a digital media artist working on interactive installations, performance
video, speculative design, and experimental games. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the
Georgia Institute of Technology and holds an M.F.A. in digital media from the Rhode
Island School of Design. She foregrounds the complexity of social relationships by
making the familiar strange, and interpreting everyday behaviors in performative ways.
Hye Yeon's art has been showcased in The Smithsonians National Portrait Gallery in
Washington D.C. (2011-2012), Times Square (2009), the art gallery Eyebeam and The
Tank, the conflux, the D.U.M.B.O. Art Festival in New York (2009), FILE (2011, 2012),
SIGGRAPH (2008, 2010), CHI (2010, 2012), ISEA (2011), E3 Expo (2011), the Lab in San
Francisco, and several festivals in China, Istanbul, Ireland, the UK, Germany, Australia,
Denmark, and Switzerland. Her work has been broadcast on the Discovery Channel
(Canada) and LIVE TV show Goodday Sacramento, published in Leonardo Journal and
featured in Wired, We Make Money Not Art, Makezine, Bussiness Insider, Slashdot
Engadget, and among other publications.