Cry Joy Park: Wall Hanging

Silk Crepe

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art 

Charleston, SC

May 7 - July 8, 2019

On the occasion of the exhibition Cry Joy Park–– Gardens of Dark and Light at the Halsey Institute, May 7th- July 8th 2019, the artist has developed a series of special editions printed on fabric.

 

Each of these printed editions consist contrasting panels, half in dark hues and the other half in light. Printed on fabric and created in tandem with a series of thematic dinners within Cry Joy Park–– Gardens of Dark and Light, the evoke banners or hanging tapestries often present at traditional feasts.

 

Visual components of the compositions take from the sculptural landscapes created in the Cry Joy Park series, using the artist’s signature laser-cut honeycomb structures. The landscapes each vary, the dark image distinctly dense and compressed, while the light one is much more open and airy.

 

Following a rich tradition of Chinese landscape paining, the artist borrows compositional structure from old masters of the Northern Song Dynasty, such as Travelers among Mountains and Streams by Fan Kuan, and Early Spring by Guo Xi. This traversing of art historical language is indicative of the artist’s longstanding interest in placing traditional aesthetic philosophies into contemporary discourse via her signature visual language.

 

 

 

© 2019 Jennifer Wen Ma

Jennifer Wen Ma

Littlemeat Productions

New York, NY

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