Jiieh G Hur
Book #4, 2021
Paper, masking tape, watercolor, acrylic paint, glitter, ink, newspaper, acrylic varnish, metal spray, clear sealer, foam board, hot melt glue, acrylic marker
Unlike the variegations of color or motif found in the others of the Book series, Book #4 is predominated by green. According to the artist, it is a color she aims to incorporate into her work, as it bears a close relationship with the senses. Sense-experience is essential to Jiieh G Hur’s practice, inspiring in the viewer emotional or corporal response dependent on one’s instantaneous perception of the piece.
The cover to each artist’s book is given a number. Numbers carry an inherent yet assigned meaning; while it is impossible to remove them from this significance, Hur seeks an alternative to the constrictive denotations of their shape, proposing a liberation through change in perception. While her methods of gathering the twelve pieces within are improvisational and driven by corporal instinct, the shaping of the number four, in this case, is deliberate. Each of the cover pieces in this series is carefully painted for its central figure to be read by shape, not by meaning.
Jiieh G Hur (b. 1982) graduated from Otis College of Art and Design with a BFA in Sculpture/New Genres, and received her MFA in Ceramics from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2019, she held Electric Smash, a solo exhibition at Whistle. Her work has been shown at Art Basel Miami and in group exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Galerie ERD, Opsis Art, Salon de H, ONE AND J. Gallery, and more.