Ina Jang’s Cheeky Minimalism
One of the first artists that Anagnorisis curated into the White Rabbit’s White Box space was Ina Jang. Still a student at the School of Visual Arts, Ina was already showing great promise. Her works are intelligent and uplifting and aesthetically fit perfectly well into the White Rabbit’s atmosphere.
Ms. Jang’s photography is extraordinarily unique. We most often expect photography to literally document our world around us, yet Ms. Jang’s work is much more abstract. Her compositions are collaged explorations of language playfully fooling with depth; her images gently and humorously introduce new meanings to familiar objects. Each work is carefully planned and executed, often involving cutting, gluing and pasting mundane objects, such as paper and cotton balls, and layering them with figures in extremely minimal spaces. Ina recently wrote about her work for the Hyeres Fashion and Photography Festival, “My works explore concepts of photography and its physicality, while their contents rely hugely on a playful mind, inspired by the time I spent [as a child] with my sister when we were isolated from family and friends.” This playfulness softens the somewhat stark quality of her compositions and palette, and invites the viewer to enjoy and explore as they might have as a child the meanings of the world around them.
Since graduating from the School of Visual Arts photography program, her work as been published in the New York Times, Dear Dave, Corduroy and Print Magazines. Amongst other exhibits, her work has shown in the New York Photo Festival 2010 and in the 2010 Humble Arts Foundation group show. She was recently included as Print Magazine’s “New Visual Artists, The Top 20 Artists Under 30” and is currently a finalist in the Hyeres Fashion & Photography Festival. She was also the Brooklyn Art Project’s featured artist for the month of March this year.
Her current exhibition is entitled so, too & very and was guest curated by Ms. Jang’s mentor, Jimmy Moffat, co-founder of Art + Commerce, quite a force to be reckoned with. Do not miss seeing the work of this rising star!