On View: Great Hall, Southeast, 1st floor
Ran Hwang creates an image of traditional Korean roof forms, composed from hundreds of buttons suspended from metal pins protruding from a white ground. The roof structures depicted are based on Joseon dynasty palaces and Buddhist temples in Seoul—but the artist exaggerates the curvature of the rooftops and places the structures on a precious, precarious foundation of chandelier-like forms. These alterations, together with the slight movement of the suspended buttons, suggest that the structures could fly away or scatter on the wind of the title.
Plastic and metal buttons and beads, metal pins, wood panel
overall: 71 x 142 in. (180.3 x 360.7cm) (show scale)
Gift of Mrs. Walter N. Rothschild, by exchange and Mary Smith Dorward Fund
© Ran Hwang
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Ran Hwang (South Korean, born 1960). East Wind, 2012. Plastic and metal buttons and beads, metal pins, wood panel, overall: 71 x 142 in. (180.3 x 360.7cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Walter N. Rothschild, by exchange and Mary Smith Dorward Fund, 2012.27a-c. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Image courtesy of Leila Heller Gallery, New York, CUR.2012.27a-c_view1_Leila_Heller_Gallery_photo.jpg)
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