"When people look at something, they’re supposed to recognize it a certain way," said Atlanta artist Jiha Moon in a short video interview made in collaboration with the Halsey Institute of Art.
"I’m sort of shaking that, so you can’t quickly recognize it, I think that’s important for my work."
This weekend, Moon’s latest exhibition, "Lucid Yellow," goes on display at Laney Contemporary, the artist’s new local representative.
Moon’s works’ ability to "shake" our recognition involves the artists meticulously placed nostalgic symbolism combined with layers of vibrant color and other elements of mixed media. The widely recognizable iconography featured in many of the works is borrowed from sources as varied as religious texts to Twitter.
Moon really does it all in this exhibition, exploring multiple mediums from ceramic sculpture to found objects, decorative Hanji paper, acrylic paints, and brush and ink among many others.
"Lucid Yellow is bold, full of saturation and infused with cultural symbolism," according to the galleries’ website.
"Art historical references range from the wavy-haired blonde, Pop Art brushstrokes of Roy Lichtenstein to the golden coif of Warhol’s Marilyn to the exoticized, glowing locks of Renaissance goddesses.
"While people at first may be drawn in by the color and playful aspects of her paintings and sculptures, Jiha’s work deals with a range of issues such as stereotypes, spirituality, and identity," said Laney Contemporary owner Susan Laney.
"You can find her humor throughout all of the intricate details. I believe that viewers may be surprised to find the ability to communicate with her work.
"You see something new every time you step in front of one of Jiha’s work," said Laney Contemporary’s assistant director Jenny Upperman. "It’s like a new experience every time you see it, there’s so many tiny details and little things to catch."
Moon’s works have been featured in museums across the country, including her 2015 exhibition, "Double Welcome: Most everyone’s mad here," which toured ten different museums across the country. Moon will also be in attendance for the gallery’s reception on Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. to answer any questions.
"We’re planning to have a short format video where Jiha will talk about the work a little as well," said Laney Contemporary assistant director Sarah Cherry. "Then hopefully we’ll also be able to make a video walking through the exhibition with her so she can speak on some of the inspiration behind the more significant pieces in the show for those who can’t make it.
"We’re excited to present this exhibition because Jiha works so hard," Cherry added. "She’s been up until 3 or 4 in the morning working because she feels this drive to create and has these visions and emotions that she needs to get out.
"After presenting her work at NADA, Miami last year, and traveling to see her work included in ‘State of the Art’ at Crystal Bridges in Arkansas earlier this year, it makes it all the more exciting to bring a solo exhibition of her work here for Savannah to experience," said Laney.
The reception will feature reduced capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions with a large outdoor seating area prime for socially distanced interactions. Krazian food truck will also be in attendance.