Jiha Moon's heavy lifting

Jiha Moon's exhibition, Foreign Love, for MOCA Georgia, is the culmination of her Working Artist Project Grant, an awards program for artists in metro Atlanta. The award provides an exhibition, promotion, studio assistant and major stipend for the artist to create work over the course of the year.
my subject deals with my interests of mixing multiple cultural references (eastern, western and beyond) and playing with the idea of shifting identities. For example, I often switch the colors of familiar objects to something you would not normally see, and I adopt many different styles of paint/line application. -Jiha Moon

Eric Hancock reviewed the exhibition for Burnaway and writes
In a New Yorker review, critic Peter Schjeldahl once admonished Jeff Koons for depicting a Play-Doh sculpture in a series of photorealist paintings: “Painting is a medium of concerted imagination, symbolizing consciousness. It’s not a flat dump for miscellaneous ideas.” Jiha Moon’s recent exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA), entitled Foreign Love nevertheless flirts with the notion. Flattening does the show’s heavy lifting.

Yellow Wave, 2012-2013. Ink, acrylic, embroidery patches, glitter, stickers, digitally printed fortune cookie sayings on Hanji. Image by Mike McKelvey, courtesy of MOCA GA and Jiha Moon.

Installation view of Jiha Moon’s 2012/2013 Working Artist Project, Foreign Love.
Image by Mike McKelvey, courtesy of MOCA GA and Jiha Moon.

Peach Mask II, 2013. Ink, acrylic, on Hanji.
Image by Mike McKelvey, courtesy of MOCA GA and Jiha Moon.

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