Gyun Hur, the winner of the $50,000 Hudgens Prize, will open her solo exhibit at the Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth on December 6. Titled, “In a Landscape Anew,” the exhibit will be on view through February 11, and will include a fascinating chance for the public to observe the artist at work December 6 through 10, during which visitors can watch as Hur and her helpers painstakingly install the central work of art.
Hur was chosen as the recipient of the life-altering cash prize in November of 2010, the result of a nearly two year long process for the Hudgens Prize visual arts competition. Announced by the Hudgens Center for the Arts in January 2010, the competition caused quite a stir in the state, as the prize was one of the biggest cash art awards in the nation and open only to Georgia artists.
Five finalists were chosen from a pool of 369 artists to participate in a Finalists Exhibit, from which the jurors selected Hur to receive the final award. The prize money and funding to administer the competition were donated by a foundation, that prefers to remain anonymous, to support and elevate the arts in Georgia. [I spoke with Gyun about her work shortly after she won the prize last December. See my interview with her here.]
Hur is interested in constructing a visual and psychological space where narratives of labor, loss and place reside. In this exhibition, the artist continues her series of hand-shredded collected silk flowers carefully laid on the floor. Specific methodical destruction and labor-intensive reassembly of the silk flowers create an aesthetic happening, turning public or art spaces into an introspective site of dialogues.
Having emigrated from Korea at the age of thirteen, Hur’s sentiments regarding Korean culture have the depth of a thirteen year-old girl. As a reflection, her mother’s wedding blanket patterns, called seck-dong, have been woven in and out of her memories and visual installations. This exhibition, In a Landscape Anew, carefully reveals her breaking away from this obsessed fantasy, introducing a new palette of colors and materials, culminating in a poignant residuum of the past and the present.
Visitors will be able to view the installation process from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., December 6 through the 10th. The exhibit also includes a video of a past performance art project, preliminary designs of the current project, and additional pieces by Hur.
There will be an Opening Reception for the exhibit on Saturday, December 17 at 2:00 p.m., during which visitors can view the completed artwork and meet the artist.
About The Hudgens
The Hudgens Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization that has been focused on supporting the arts in Georgia since its establishment in 1981. The Hudgens presents fine art exhibits year round, and offers art classes for adults and children through its Fine Arts School. The Hudgens supports local community-based arts organizations through its programs, exhibits and partnerships. The Hudgens’ mission is to bring art lovers, leaders and learners together through quality programs and exhibits.
The Hudgens Center for the Arts
6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Bldg. 300