Vicki Clough Curates

Musings on art and life.

Oh My Beautiful Buttons

I am, ostensibly, on holiday. I do feel that I need to do some writing though, in an effort to make the best of my time off, and to get through the backlog of beautiful art currently being stored in my brain that, until now, I haven’t had time to process properly..

Ran Hwang was recently featured on thisiscolossal.com, one of my favourite sites for contemporary art, curated by Christopher Jobson. Beautiful imagery created entirely out of buttons, beads and pins? Definitely something I’d love to see in real life, especially when you consider the scale…

East Wind from Old Palace, Detail. 180 x 360cm. Three panel, buttons, beads, and pins. 2012.

East Wind from Old Palace

“The process of building large installations are time consuming and repetitive and it requires manual effort which provides a form of self-meditation. I hammer thousands of pins into a wall like a monk who, facing the wall, practices Zen.”  Ran Hwang.

I don’t think there’s much I can add to this, as the art and artist speak for themselves. (sigh)

Empty Me. 210 x 360cm. Buttons, beads, pins. 2010.

Empty Me, Detail.

Healing Blossoms. 170 x 826 cm. Buttons, beads, pins on wooden panel.

Healing Blossoms, Detail

All images are courtesy of the Leila Heller Gallery and thisiscolossal.

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One comment on “Oh My Beautiful Buttons

  1. ephemeral gecko
    February 4, 2013

    astonishingly beautiful! TFS

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Vicki Clough

Vicki Clough

Vicki is an independent curator and craftsperson with a focus on socially engaged and participatory art and events. In January 2016 she helped launch Reconstructing Resilience, an ongoing research and curatorial project that aims to address the various forms of sustainable practice. She has been the Curatorial Director of Figment Toronto since 2014 and has also co-curated exhibitions including Move to Stillness, for the Harbourfront Centre's Kick Up Your Heels Festival (2015), The Duel, AGO First Thursdays (2014) and What Are You Made Of? OCAD U Graduate Gallery (2013). She initiated the Toronto based workshop model and website Polymers in Action: Socially Engaged Art and the Environment as part of her studies at OCAD University, where she obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. She publishes on anything that interests her deeply and moves her to the point of lengthy verbal expression.

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