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Ran Hwang

Becoming Again


Ran Hwang (Korean, b. 1960). Rest II, 2009. Metal buttons, pins on Plexiglas, 108 x 60 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Ran Hwang (Korean, b. 1960). Rest II, 2009. Metal buttons, pins on Plexiglas, 108 x 60 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Upcoming exhibition

October 22 – January 8
Located on the third floor of The Baker Museum


Over the past two decades, New York- and Seoul-based Korean multidisciplinary artist Ran Hwang (b. 1960) has created densely referential artworks and installations deploying buttons, beads, crystals, pins and thread, sometimes overlaid with moving video images. Her solo exhibition, the largest museum presentation of her work in the southeastern United States to date, will feature Hwang’s immersive multimedia installations, Becoming Again (2017) and Garden of Water (2010), as well as her iconic works representing Buddhas, plum blossoms and chandeliers. Her assemblages of ordinary everyday objects and multimedia installation works are simultaneously rooted in traditional Korean visual lexicon and deeply steeped in 21st-century global contemporary art practice.

The overarching theme of Ran Hwang: Becoming Again is a meditation on time and the transient and cyclical nature of life, which are the artist’s own preoccupations. Its other powerful underlying theme concerns how seemingly opposite values and states of being may coexist seamlessly. Highlighting Hwang’s Buddhist perspective and her process-oriented work as a form of meditative practice, this exhibition provides museum visitors with a contemplative space where they can be immersed in a world of beauty and harmony, to find emotional and spiritual balance, solace and elevation.


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Selected Works

Ran Hwang (Korean, b. 1960).  Becoming Again (installation view at the Asian Civilizations Museum in Singapore), 2017. Paper buttons, beads, crystals, pins on Plexiglas, video projection, 94 1/5 x 165 1/3 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Ran Hwang (Korean, b. 1960). Becoming Again (installation view at the Asian Civilizations Museum in Singapore), 2017. Paper buttons, beads, crystals, pins on Plexiglas, video projection, 94 1/5 x 165 1/3 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Ran Hwang (Korean, b. 1960). Garden of Water, 2010. Crystals, beads, pins on Plexiglas, video projection, 91 x 118 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Ran Hwang (Korean, b. 1960). Garden of Water, 2010. Crystals, beads, pins on Plexiglas, video projection, 91 x 118 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Ran Hwang (Korean, b. 1960). Healing Forest, 2021. Buttons, pins, beads on wooden panels, 47 1/5 x 141 2/3 in. Private collection, New Jersey.

Ran Hwang (Korean, b. 1960). Healing Forest, 2021. Buttons, pins, beads on wooden panels, 47 1/5 x 141 2/3 in. Private collection, New Jersey.

Ran Hwang (Korean, b. 1960). Contemplation Time, 2014. Paper buttons, beads, pins on Plexiglas, 93 x 45 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Ran Hwang (Korean, b. 1960). Contemplation Time, 2014. Paper buttons, beads, pins on Plexiglas, 93 x 45 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Ran Hwang (Korean, b. 1960). The Beginning of the Bright, 2015. Hangul buttons made with Korean paper, pins, beads on Plexiglas, lightbox, 86 3/5 x 106 1/3 x 10 1/5 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Ran Hwang (Korean, b. 1960). The Beginning of the Bright, 2015. Hangul buttons made with Korean paper, pins, beads on Plexiglas, lightbox, 86 3/5 x 106 1/3 x 10 1/5 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Ran Hwang (Korean, b. 1960). The Beginning of the Bright (detail), 2015. Hangul buttons made with Korean paper, pins, beads on Plexiglass, 86 3/5 x 106 1/3 x 10 1/5 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Ran Hwang (Korean, b. 1960). The Beginning of the Bright (detail), 2015. Hangul buttons made with Korean paper, pins, beads on Plexiglass, 86 3/5 x 106 1/3 x 10 1/5 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Ran Hwang (Korean, b. 1960). Nothing Forever PB, 2021. Paper buttons, beads, pins on acrylic dome, 31 3/4 x 31 3/4 x 11 4/5 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Ran Hwang (Korean, b. 1960). Nothing Forever PB, 2021. Paper buttons, beads, pins on acrylic dome, 31 3/4 x 31 3/4 x 11 4/5 in. Courtesy of the artist.


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Ran Hwang
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Ran Hwang: Becoming Again is organized by Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum, and is curated by Rangsook Yoon, Ph.D., curator of modern art.

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