Triple Vita Nestings
June 30 - August 30, 2018
Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

Installation view of Triple Vita Nestings, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia, 2018
Photo: Carl Warner

 

Press release

Haegue Yang: Triple Vita Nestings at the IMA marks the artist’s first institutional solo show in Australia after her participation in the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial (2015–2016) and the recent 21st Biennale of Sydney. Bringing together selected works from more than a decade of Yang’s practice, these pieces straddle seemingly opposing artistic legacies and aesthetics, between conceptual art strategies and materially-driven craft techniques, between industrial production and the handmade, and importantly for this exhibition, between figuration and abstraction. Yang’s work undoes these supposed binaries and creates immersive and imaginative experiences.

Triple Vita Nestings uses formal strategies—such as layering, doubling, splitting, and merging— to reveal how individual subjects are embedded in the lives, stories, and contexts of others. Multi-sensory environments, figurative forms, and voiceover narration evoke the biographies of real figures, as well as mythical or allegorical creatures, and self-reflexive ideas of alienation and neighbourliness. Though these stories and ideas may be distinct, they are not presented in isolation: each character nests inside another, representing our interwoven or parallel realities. Yang has drawn from biographies of historical figures, manifesting preexisting encounters among them or alternately drawing idiosyncratic parallels between seemingly unrelated figures. Yang’s point of view on history, literature, and personal experience empowers us to perceive nested sets, or relations, between otherwise disparate lives.

Triple Vita Nestings is presented in partnership with the 21st Biennale of Sydney, and is made possible with generous support from the Australia Council for the Arts, the Korea Foundation and assistance from Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen.

 

Exhibited works

Lethal Love, 2008

The Intermediate – Head Carrying Woman, 2017

The Intermediate – Tinted Bushy Bald-headed Bumpy Walks, 2017

The Intermediate – Tinted Asymmetric UHHHHH Creature W, 2017

The Intermediate – Tinted UHHHHH Creature Inverted V, 2017

The Intermediate – Tinted Multi-Tentacled Serpent, 2017

The Intermediate – Hairy Tele Digi-Big-Bang Fanned Out, 2018

Sonic Rampant Obscure Turbine Vents, Double Decker – Brass Green, 2017

Unfolding Places, 2004

Restrained Courage, 2004

Squandering Negative Spaces, 2004

Multiple Mourning Room, 2012

The Story of a Bear-Lady in a Sand Cave, 2009

Drunken Speech, 2007

Doubles and Halves – Events with Nameless Neighbors, 2009

 

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