The Department of Art welcomes two new exhibitions into Space 204 from January 17 through February 8: Yuja by Vanderbilt alumnus Jean Kang, recipient of the prestigious Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet award in 2011, and The Dreams of Architects and Poets by artist and painter Jered Sprecher. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, January 17, from 4 to 6 p.m., and Kang will give a gallery talk at 4:30 p.m. Space 204 is located on the second floor of the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Art Center, 25th Avenue South and Garland Avenue on the Vanderbilt campus.
Kang’s show, Yuja, a term meaning female or woman in Korean, is a collection of drawings, prints and installation developed during a time of reflection for Kang. “In this period of personal confrontation, I established ideas about myself as a female and as a Korean American. My work evolved out of observations of the body, the mind, and my cultural heritage. More specifically,” she continued, “I reflected upon my experiences regarding these elements which can act both contentiously and harmoniously. Through these works, I explored the nuances of identity, and with Yuja, I came to an understanding about the complexities of my personal identification and the ever-evolving nature of this concept.”
Kang attended the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Post Baccalaureate in Fine Arts program in 2012. Describing the experience as “invaluable,” Kang said the Hamblet award provided her with the means “to fully expand my ability to view the world in a more open and thoughtful manner.”
Jered Sprecher’s paintings “grasp a single moment, a glance, a small epiphany” as featured in The Dreams of Architects and Poets. An associate professor of art at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Sprecher describes his art in this way: “I am a hunter and a gatherer, constantly accumulating images produced by the people and cultures around me. Segments of this collection of images then emerge in my paintings. My work shows images that are revealed as fragments in the midst of change, destruction, redefinition, and restoration.”
A 2009 Guggenheim Fellow, Sprecher has had solo exhibitions at Jeff Bailey Gallery in New York, Wendy Cooper Gallery in Chicago, Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston, Kinkead Contemporary in Los Angeles, and Gallery 16 in San Francisco. He has also exhibited at The Drawing Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Bronx River Art Center, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Des Moines Art Center, Weatherspoon Museum of Art, and the Knoxville Museum of Art. Sprecher participated in the Artist Residency Program at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, New York. He has also taught at Princeton University and Cornell University.
All Space 204 exhibitions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact the Department of Art at 615.343.7241 or visit www.vanderbilt.edu/arts.