Hong Seon Jang received his BFA from Dan Kook University, South Korea and earned his MFA in Imaging Art at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. His awards and residencies include: The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, NY, Art Council Korea Grant, Korea , MSA, LA, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME , Tokyo Wonder Site, Artist-In-Residence, Tokyo, Japan, Percent for Art, Public School Art commission, NY, Meet Factory, Czech Republic, Djerassi, CA, Atlantic Center for the Arts, FL, Newark Museum, NJ, Lower East Side Print Shop Special Editions Residency, NY, Emerging Artist Fellowship, Socrates Sculpture Park, NY, Sculpture Space, NY, Bemis Art, NE, Abron Arts Center, NY, The Triangle Artists’ Workshop Program, NY, and Urban Artist Initiative Fellowship. He has been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions including Wellin Museum of Art, Clinton, NY, SHCM Museum of Art, NY, Socrates Sculpture Park, NY, Meet Factory, Prague, Czech Republic, Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco State University, CA, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, NY, the Cohen Gallery at Brown University, RI , Smack Mellon, NY, McColl Center for Visual Art, NC, The Soap Factory, MN, The Islip Art Museum, NY, Artspace, New Haven, CT, Rush Arts Gallery, NYC, and Hangaram Art Museum, South Korea.
I explore the recognition of surroundings by transforming everyday objects into new forms. I emphasize specific aspects of common products, found objects, and industrial objects that surround us and I suggest a potential opening for them in the art and socio political context. This process redefines the function, role, and meaning that we commonly recognize with them. By incorporating the objects, I introduce the idea of distortion and the subversion of traditional meanings while proposing a discussion about the object's value, and the subsequent value of the time, history, place, and event that the object is meant to commemorate in everyday life.