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Pearl C. Hsiung

Bio

The space that Pearl C. Hsiung (b. 1973 Taichung, Taiwan) explores lies between representation and abstraction and is often a site for humorous commentary and material experimentation. Her intensely colorful large-scale canvases, small studies, and performance videos challenge the banality of the pristine images that dominate postminimalist contemporary art. Even so, her compositions draw on the histories of painting, alluding to European fauvism and surrealism, Chinese landscape painting, American abstraction, and pop aesthetics. A hard line brings to mind the work of twentieth-century painters such as Ellsworth Kelly or Frank Stella while at the same time evoking comic books or advertising; a spattered, misty background simultaneously signals high-end expressionism and mural art produced from a can. Hsiung’s project for this exhibition, a sited painting environment, is an opportunity for the artist to further explore the real experience of two-dimensional space and the psychic processes that mediate between social life, nature, and constructed images.

Gallery

Pearl C. Hsiung

Pearl Hsiung. From Above It Is Not Bright; From Below It Is Not Dark, 2012. Made in L.A. Installation view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, June 2-September 2, 2012. Photo by Brian Forrest.

Pearl C. Hsiung

Pearl Hsiung. From Above It Is Not Bright; From Below It Is Not Dark, 2012. Made in L.A. Installation view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, June 2-September 2, 2012. Photo by Brian Forrest.

Pearl C. Hsiung

Pearl C. Hsiung. Nyiragongo Leap, 2008. Oil-based enamel on canvas. 48 x 36 in. (121.9 x 91.4 cm). Courtesy the artist.

Pearl C. Hsiung

Pearl C. Hsiung. Los Blohos, 2006. Printed self-adhesive vinyl. 118 x 220 in. (229.7 x 558.8 cm). Courtesy the artist.

Pearl C. Hsiung

Pearl C. Hsiung. Shecretes, 2008. Oil-based enamel on canvas. 68 x 52 in. (172.7 x 132.1 cm). Courtesy the artist.

Pearl C. Hsiung

Pearl C. Hsiung. Stills from Volcanic Ash, 2010. Digital video, color, sound. 6:00 min. Courtesy the artist.