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Ran Hwang

Blossoms

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Ran Hwang’s inspiring “Blossoms” landscape graces the wall of this conference room at Pritzker Group’s L.A. headquarters.

The New York-based artist incorporates buttons secured with nails to a painted panel, in a process that she describes as intense manual labor performed in a meditative state, hammering thousands of pins, not unlike a monk engaged in Zen practice.

Hwang is best known for her large-scale wall installations in which buttons, beads, pins, and threads on wood panels form images of falling blossoms, vases, Buddhas, and birds. Her installations have also taken on more current themes, exploring the fashion industry and female identities in popular culture.

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Ran Hwang

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My motifs of blossoms, birds, and palaces come from my preoccupation with the nature of cyclical life, non-visibility and the beauty of transient moment. The process of producing these works is time consuming and repetitive, requiring intense manual labor performed in a meditative state, hammering thousands of pins into a wall, not unlike a monk engaged in Zen practice. Pins hold buttons that remain free to move between the surface of the wall and the pinhead. The constricted movement of the button, an everyday object as numerous and ordinary as people, as it is caught within the confines imposed by the wall and the pinhead, suggests tension between the human desire for freedom and the limitations imposed by society. In the second group, threads suggest the complex relations amongst human society while the negative space defined by the thousands of thread lines represents a void in the meaning of personal existence. My most recent body of work is inspired by refugee children and my dream to give back.”

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