Jiieh G Hur
Book #7, 2021
Laser print on paper, acrylic paint, alcohol ink markers, graphite, acrylic varnish, metal spray, clear sealer, foam board, hot melt glue, acrylic marker
Contained in a silver box, Book #7 offers an exploration of Jiieh G Hur’s practice through notable monochromatic and geometric motifs. Layers of black and white paper are interspersed with familiar shapes—neon yellow circles, white waves; a pink balloon—and reach back through her work as far as 2015 in imagery. While balloons feature predominantly in Hur’s drawings and collages, the pink balloon seen in Book #7 is a certain reference to Not Yet Titled, a large-scale installation featured in the Positions sector of Art Basel Miami Beach 2015. As time passed and the balloon expanded, slowly filling with water, tension built between the viewer and their subject, the peaceful rubber surface growing taut, anxiety filling the room as one waited for its eventual (and unpredictable) explosion. In imbuing this tension in the audience, the body recognized and was made to remember its sensation, growing more sensitive to the passing of each second. Corporal experience plays a key role in Hur’s work; similarly, other pages in Book #7 are born from past images and photographs, the artist herself recalling what she felt from her own oeuvre.
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.