Artist: Yeri Hwang
Exhibition: Within Us
Media: Kinetic Sculpture, drawing
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gator Gallery East
Yeri is a senior and her major is Studio Art. She is in her last semester and she will be graduating soon. Yeri currently lives in Long Beach, and she used to commute from Torrance. Yeri puts off her art in a very symbolic manner with using mythology and there is a story in each of her artwork.
I was very intrigued at the artwork Yeri had put up. Inside the room, I saw a lot more of art work that was built instead of drawn or painted. I thought there was a lot of symbolic sense to the artwork and the use of mythology Yeri put in was great. I felt like Yeri put in a lot of time on her projects, as they were all built and she was very creative with showing what she meant in her art.
Yeri brought out the message in her art that art should be for everyone. She made mythology her main point because mythology is very cross cultural and it speaks to everyone. In one of her art pieces, she talked about the sword in the stone. She wanted to give the message that you are the chosen hero in your own story. Yeri put the broken glass artwork as a way of meaning that all of us go through insecurities and anxieties, and that’s what teaches us a lot of lessons which are hard to admit and accept for ourselves. But the broken glass shows us that it’s ok to be honest and to flag ourselves. The way Yeri put out her art work was from the journey, beginning to the end. We the viewers, were supposed to follow our lives, follow the art in order.
I enjoyed looking at a unique set of artwork something that I’ve never seen before. It gave me a sense of more appreciation of art, and how it can be in so many forms. Art speaks so many languages and cultures, and it really brings everyone together. It is very special that it can do that. I was able to really feel this way after looking at Yeri’s gallery of the journey of life from beginning to end. Her artwork was supposed to mean that art is for everyone and it gave a journey of life through each passage of her pieces.