Exhibition dates: Saturday January 14 – Saturday March 11 2023
Opening: Friday January 13 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Certain Things from Uncertain Moments glimpses the passing, accumulating, and sometimes repeating time in every day through tangible things. There are lumps made of books that I read or unread, the bones from the animals I eat, the bookmarks made of stray hairs falling every day, the living, dying, and dead plants sprouted from the fruit seeds I spit, and the bugs found dead or killed by accident or on purpose. These things scrutinize the prejudices, discriminations, inconsistencies, and contradictions in everyday life in which one can be sensible and irrational, selfish and generous, cruel and kind, vulnerable and secure, and pretentious and frank at the same time.
HYANG CHO’s art, derived from everyday anxiety and uncertainty, engages trivial things and mindless actions through repetition and accumulation. Her works recognize the uselessness of useless things, the boredom of boring activities, and the ordinariness of everyday life. Cho holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Sogang University, Seoul, Korea (1998), a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary (2007), and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Guelph, Ontario (2009). Her exhibitions include ‘At Random’ at Open Space in Victoria (2018), ‘Counterpoint’ at Modern Fuel in Kingston (2016), ‘Nothing Much’ at Georgia Scherman Projects in Toronto (2015), and ‘Procés’, at Optica un centre d’art contemporain in Montréal (2013). Born and grew up in Seoul, Korea, Cho currently lives and works in Guelph.
Hyang Cho would like to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.