Mindy Solomon Gallery
cordially invites you to the
opening reception in the presence of the artist
 

Jiha Moon: Visitors Green

on Saturday, October 21, 5 – 9 pm

8397 NE 2nd Ave.
Little River
Miami, Fl. 33138
786 953 6917
www.mindysolomon.com

“Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me.”
― Carlos Fuentes

October 21 – November 25

Mindy Solomon Gallery is pleased to present Visitors Green, the first solo exhibition by Korean American artist Jiha Moon in Miami.

“For my first Miami debut solo at Mindy Solomon Gallery, I am introducing my new project on Mylar surface, the Kudzu series along with my existing work on paper and ceramic sculptures. My Kudzu series is inspired by the kudzu plants that are widespread in the South, and have become a symbol of Southern nature, even though they were imported from Asia. I love this mysterious and powerful creature every time I see it and have always wanted to use it as an almost perfect metaphor for exuberant immigrant life in America. The color green represents not only vegetation but also the aspiration of immigrants’ lives (like green cards). The title came from my interpretation of immigrant contributions to America’s national identity. What makes a person “American”? Many of us came here as visitors but then we became part of the greater whole.

Jia Moon, Welcome, 2011, ink and acrylic on Hanji on Fabric, 16 x 20 in.

Throughout this exhibition (including paintings, works on paper, and ceramic works) I have examined my main interests and concerns regarding cultural misunderstanding, racial perception, and cultural appropriation/appreciation. I often use colors, patterns, text or materials as cultural signifiers and play with them in my work. I often twist, disguise, and camouflage those elements to blend in with the work and interact in unusual ways.”

Moon successfully articulates the artistic traditions of South Korea with her skillful application of painting, calligraphy, and ceramic. Playful and poignant, this work carefully examines the way we as newcomers navigate our place in a new home- finding joy and curiosity in the journey.

Jiha Moon, Myumyi 2(Red), 2016, porcelain, underglaze, wire. Unique.

Jiha Moon (b. 1973) is from DaeGu, Korea and lives and works in Atlanta, GA. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Her works have been acquired by Asia Society, New York, NY, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, The Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, Smithsonian Institute, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, NC and The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA. She has had solo exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, GA, Taubman Museum, Roanoke, VA, the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, The Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN and Rhodes College, Clough-Hanson Gallery, Memphis, TN and James Gallery of CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY.

She has been included in group shows at Kemper Museum, Kansas City, MI, the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA, Asia Society, New York, NY, The Drawing Center, New York, NY, White Columns, New York, NY, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA, and the Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, NC. Her mid-career survey exhibition, “Double Welcome: Most everyone’s mad here” organized by Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and Taubman Museum is touring more than 10 museum venues around the country until 2018.

Mac: Jiha Moon, Mac, 2010, ink and acrylic, 75 x 37 1/2 in.

ABOUT MINDY SOLOMON GALLERY

Mindy Solomon Gallery specializes in contemporary emerging and mid-career artists and art advisory services. The gallery represents artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, and video in both narrative and non-objective styles. The gallery program explores the intersection of art and design through an ongoing dialog between two and three-dimensional objects. Utilizing the gallery space as a platform for inventive exhibitions, museum visitations, and public lectures, Solomon invites a sense of community and aesthetic enrichment.
 
Solomon founded the gallery in 2009 in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she established her reputation as a contemporary art dealer. She is a Board member of the Miami Art Dealers Association and is currently located in the Little River Arts District of Miami.

 

8397 NE 2nd Ave.
Little River
Miami, Fl. 33138
786 953 6917
www.mindysolomon.com