Ar opening reception: War by Jang Soon Im

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Anya Tish Gallery hosts the inaugural solo exhibition of Korean-born artist Jang Soon Im, titled War. The exhibition features Im's recent work, which includes painting, sculpture, digital collage and video.

Fantastic images of warriors and staged historical battles in Jang Soon Im's work are invaded by irrepressible color and pop-images from electronic media. The movies, television dramas and video games that he grew up with, through which his own history and conception of ancient war was mediated and diluted, serve as sources of appropriation. Im's digital collages are faithful, yet saccharine reconstructions of historical Korean paintings through which the artist plays out his own invented vision of war.

Similarly, Im's large-scale paintings are faithful pixel by pixel re-creations of classic video games which, at a young age, allowed the artist to simulate warfare and enact choices of moral consequence. In his laser-cut acrylic sculptures, Im interlaces images from popular historical dramas on Korean television with over-sexualized female figures captured from commercials aired during the broadcast.

On view through Feb. 8.



Anya Tish Gallery
4411 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006


Admission is free.
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