Artist: Yeri Hwang
Exhibition: Within Us
Media: Plaster, acryli, wood, drywall, and electronics
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
About The Artist
Yeri is currently a fourth year in California State University, Long Beach pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in studio art. Initially, Yeri was from Torrance;however, she is currently living in Long Beach. When Yeri was young, she always knew that she wanted to be an artist. She stated that many individuals that are artists have certain inspirations that drive them to become artists, but she stated that she wanted to be an artist just because she wanted to. Besides creating art pieces, Yeri has a great interest in graphic novels, which is evident in her artwork. As if right now, Yeri is contemplating whether to go to graduate school and pursue higher education or to get a job that pertains to her interest.
Within each of Yeri’s art pieces, she wanted to portray a storyline from her exhibit as well as have a meaning to each piece of artwork The idea was inspired by her interest in graphic novel. As a result, Yeri wanted to blend the two things that she is passionate about into her art pieces. Yeri believes that art should be for everyone to enjoy, express, and perform. In addition, she believes that people have this notion that art is only limited to artists and people who are studying art, which she thinks is unfair because it should be something that everyone is able to understand. She utilizes many materials to create objects with them to have a meaning, which include self-acceptance, self-forgiveness, and self-discovery. Also, she utilizes light and fog to magnify her art pieces. Her pieces are very bright as well as having many bold colors.
In the exhibit, Yeri wanted to create a storyline that represented an individual throughout his or her lifespan. The one that caught my eyes the most was the art piece called “Destination and Mystery”. In this art piece, Yeri wanted to portray the idea that after reaching a certain goal or “destination”, there is always going to be another goal, destination, and desire. The purpose of the window is to state that you’re only able to look so far out and it makes it look more mysterious. The fog was utilized with the window to enhance the statement that we all have this idea of the destination, which is ahead of us, but we will never reach the true destination because we are always in search of something more and that the fog is the mystery or the unknown.
Synthesis/ My Experience
I really enjoyed this exhibit because it wasn’t like any normal art exhibit that I have been to where you simply observe unique art pieces one at a time. In Yeri’s art pieces and exhibit, each one had a role that expressed a different motif, but all blended together under a common idea. Yeri’s artwork, especially the Destination and Mystery art piece, is evident within my life. Since I was around the age of thirteen, I like to set many small goals and big goals for myself. After I achieve the goals, there is always that desire to strive for something else. No matter how big of the reward and feeling of happiness I got from accomplishing a goal, I always longed for more and constantly set other goals that i want to accomplish and it never stops. Our true goal is still a mystery, like Yeri stated.