Hyun-joo Ahn's work takes images of Jeju's Gotjawal forests combined with camouflaged clothing. Photos by Veronica Spann
The Jeju Provincial Government recently announced a plan to provide cultural enjoyment opportunities and events for its employees.
As part of this plan, the Provincial Government decided to transform the lobby of one of their buildings into an art space with rotating exhibitions for their employees to enjoy.
This lobby space is also open to the public, so anyone was able to visit and take a look at the exhibition.
During March, the lobby walls were filled with creatively displayed clothing pieces that are part of Hyun-joo Ahn’s fiber art exhibition.
Photo by Veronica Spann
The Jeju-born fashion designer’s acclaimed work has been internationally displayed and this exhibition communicated her ideas regarding change in both fashion and nature.
The walls of the Jeju Provincial Government Building displayed cleverly crafted shirts with busy, organic patterns hung on backdrops using the same fabric. Using images taken from Jeju’s Gotjawal forests, the clothing pieces become a camouflage part of a background scene.
The artist emphasizes the shape and texture of the clothing pieces as the only components that set them apart from the scene behind.
She says she is inspired by the impermanence of fashion trends- the way in which fashion constantly changes.
Photo by Veronica Spann
She also says she sees nature as impermanent in a relentlessly developing world and uses digital manipulation techniques to bring Jeju’s nature into her clothing pieces.
All of the printed fabric images show nature manipulated to varying degrees. One shows a forest made up of many stitched together photographs in different lighting.
Some fabrics show heavily pixelated images of plants - Hyun-joo Ahn says she wants to abandon the reality of photography and manipulate materials by using graphic design interpretations of nature.
The exhibit was displayed until March 31 in the lobby of the 2nd Jeju Provincial Government Building.
A new exhibition is set to take its place as part of the Jeju Provincial Government’s plan to provide more cultural events and activities for its employees and for the public.
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