“The Oracle Series”, a new exhibition of constructed drawings by Imi Hwangbo, will be shown at the Miller Yezerski Gallery in Boston from September 9-October 11, 2016.
Imi Hwangbo’s delicate reliefs carve two dimensional patterns, creating lines with edges, and shapes with negative space. Trained as a sculptor, Hwangbo’s practice combines image, object, and material. Her work recalls the traditional Korean art of pojagi: four-cornered wrapping cloths embroidered with patterns which reference Korean folk beliefs. Hwangbo’s patterns begin as hand-drawn shapes, which she interprets with cut paper and mylar. The completed piece creates depth with layered apertures and overlapping edges. “The Oracle Series” plays with the boundaries between real and imagined. It references the Delphic Oracle in Ancient Greece: women who saw visions that they interpreted as divine messages. Ever-present in her work is the concept of infinity, implicit in her repeating patterns.
Miller Yezerski Gallery is one of the most highly respected contemporary art galleries in Boston. The gallery is located in a premier space in the SoWA section of the South End and is the joint venture of longtime gallerists Ellen Miller and Howard Yezerski. The gallery focuses primarily on mid and late career artists working with innovative materials and addressing societal themes.