The Art and Technique of Folding the Land
Jane and Marc Nathanson Distinguished Artist in Residence and solo exhibition at Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, USA
July 29 - October 9, 2011
Installation view of The Art and Technique of Folding the Land, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, 2011
Photo: Jason Dewey
Internationally renowned artist Haegue Yang creates installations that include photographic,
video, and sculptural elements and are informed by the artist’s philosophical and political
investigations. Responding to the places where she exhibits, Yang creates site-specific new work
that incorporates both the architecture of the exhibition space and materials gathered from the
region. Her highly refined and yet completely particular sense of materiality, combined with an
elegant sense of space and atmosphere, contribute to her enveloping and resonant installations.
Part of Yang’s appeal is the playful, highly attuned sensibility she brings to her selection of
objects. Everything from miniblinds to brightly colored extension cords are fair game for
inclusion, yet her installations have a striking formal focus and clarity. For her exhibition at the
Aspen Art Museum, Yang has begun gathering clothing display racks as well as mountain river
driftwood to use as armatures for a new series of light sculptures. The wood, pinecones, and other
natural materials she has collected mark a new aspect of her work, one she will develop while
working here as the Jane and Marc Nathanson Distinguished Artist in Residence. The Aspen Art
Museum exhibition of Yang’s work will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue
copublished with the Museum of Modern Art Oxford, which is staging a concurrent exhibition of
Yang’s work in the summer of 2011.
Founded in 2008 by AAM National Council members Jane and Marc Nathanson, the Aspen Art
Museum’s Jane and Marc Nathanson Distinguished Artist in Residence program furthers the
museum’s goal of engaging the larger community with contemporary art. Each residency results
in a new body of work produced by and exhibited at the AAM. Past Jane and Marc Nathanson
Distinguished Artists are British-born Phil Collins, American artist Peter Coffin (2009), and New
York–based artist Marlo Pascual (2010).
Haegue Yang was born in Seoul, Korea, in 1971 and lives and works in Berlin and Seoul. Yang
represented the Republic of Korea in the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. Other recent solo
exhibitions have taken place at Sala Rekalde, Bilbao, Spain; REDCAT, Los Angeles; and
Portikus, Frankfurt. She also participated in the 2006 São Paulo Biennial; the 55th Carnegie
International, Pittsburgh (2008); and the 2008 Turin Triennale in Italy.
Haegue Yang’s Jane and Marc Nathanson Distinguished Artist in Residence and exhibition are
organized by the Aspen Art Museum and funded by Jane and Marc Nathanson. Additional
funding provided by the AAM National Council. General exhibition support is provided by The
Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Publication underwritten by Toby Devan Lewis.
Exhibition lectures are presented as part of the Questrom Lecture Series.