Insoon Ha, Legion, 2004-10

We Came in Droves

Insoon Ha, Jimm Tran

Main Gallery

February 19 – March 27, 2010

Curated by:

Performance by Insoon Ha on Friday, Feb 19, at 6:30 pm
Opening Reception directly afterward, from 7 – 9pm

We Came in Droves features the sculpture and performance of Insoon Ha and the self-portrait photography of Jimm Tran. Both artists approach the body as a dynamic site of history, culture, gender and power. In Tran’s images, wounds become hardened scars, sexy selves and kindred spirits. His photographs birth a stunning multiplicity of identities. Ha explores her connection to American military presence in Korea as a youth with visceral repetition and metonym. Her sculptural forms are at once removed and deeply visceral. Curator Reena Katz pairs these artworks as reflections on the internal workings of subjectivity, and power of artwork to refuse social borders.

BIOGRAPHIES

Insoon Ha holds both a BFA and MFA from the University of Seoul in Sculpture, and a second MFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She has exhibited her sculptural works and media installations throughout Korea, the United States and Canada. Recent exhibitions include: The Island, Big Orbit Gallery, Buffalo, NY (2008); The Life and Death of I.D., McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON (2006); X Industria: CAFKA 05, Kitchener City Hall, ON; Beyond/In Western New York 2005, Albright-Knox Art Museum, Buffalo, NY; State of Being, 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL.; Being Absent, Art Space & Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, NY, U.S.; and Gender Alarm, LA CENTRALE Gallery Powerhouse, Montreal, QC, Canada (2008). This year Ha received a Project Grant from the Canada Council for Arts to support the completion of a new body of work for a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto.

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