mae-il mae-il: an installation by Jihyun Hong

Candy color, daily objects and artificial paradise.

 I am obsessed with candy colors. They lead me to a childhood fantasy of mine and bring me to a paradise that only exists in cartoons. To me, American candy was a fantasy itself, and I could experience this fantasy by eating it. The act of eating candy meant eating colors, eating fantasy—and it was the only way to actualize my imagination. 

 The different color palette of sweets in America and my country has become the most significant subject of my work. All those candy colors I use represent the actualization of my saccharine fantasy. It is like I delve into my fantasy through American sweets, and then I transform my fantasy into realty, by allowing the candy colored hues to guide me. 

Jihyun’s Open Space installation is an abstracted map of her childhood years, a time when simple things were amusing and thrilling to her. Through her art making, she attempts to maintain that perspective and build from it.

Jihyun Hong is an installation artist who lives and works in New York City. She was born in Seoul, Korea in 1985. She received a BFA from School of Visual Arts, and an MFA from the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her works had been in various solo and group exhibitions and Hyperallergic and ARTFCITY had reviewed her works. She recently was an artist in residence at Yaddo, and this summer, she will be an artist in residence at The Wassaic Project.

More information is available here.


Artist-Run Art Fair 

Presented by Open Space at the Charles Street Parking Garage, 1714 Charles Street

Returning for its third year, the Artist-Run Art Fair provides Artscape visitors access to the work of emerging contemporary artists, as exhibited by artist-run galleries and curatorial projects from Baltimore and around the country. Artist-run spaces are a vital part of a city’s contemporary art community and the Artist-Run Art Fair showcases this thriving national community. Artist-Run Art Fair is curated and organized by Open Space, an artist-run gallery located at 512 West Franklin Street in Baltimore, MD.

2016 Artist-Run Art Fair Participants:

Labbodies (Baltimore, MD)
The White Page (Minneapolis, MN)
Current Space (Baltimore, MD)
Short House (Los Angeles, CA)
Jaus (Los Angeles, CA)
Platform Gallery (Baltimore, MD)
Good Weather (North Little Rock, AR)
The Front (New Orleans, LA)
Make Studio (Baltimore, MD)
Terrault (Baltimore, MD)
Open Space (Baltimore, MD)
Houseboy (Pittsburgh, PA)
Fernwey (Chicago, IL)
Gallery Aferro (Newark, NJ)
Bookish (Baltimore, MD)
Phoebe (Baltimore, MD)

Open Space will be presenting Playing The Field, a group exhibition, alongside booths by fifteen other artist-run projects spaces and galleries.

ARAF will be open

Friday, July 15, 11 am – 9 pm
Saturday, July 16, 11 am – 9 pm
Sunday, July 17, 11 am – 6 pm

More information and RSVP here.

Fall 2016: Hyun Cho