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Kyoung Eun Kang: Happy Birthday video performance

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Happy Birthday photo documentation, 2009 Cotton Candy Varies © Kyoung Eun Kang/A.M. Richard
Kyoung Eun Kang: Happy Birthday video performance
Curated by: A.M. Richard


New York, NY
May 7th, 2010 - June 13th, 2010
Opening: May 7th, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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http://www.amrichardfineart.com
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upper east side
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gallery@amrichardfineart.com
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917.570.1476
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by appointment
TAGS:  
photography, mixed-media, installation, video-art, performance, conceptual, surrealism, sculpture
COST:  
Free

DESCRIPTION

A.M. Richard is pleased to announce the screening of Happy Birthday a performance video by KYOUNG EUN KANG.

The premise of Happy Birthday is a transformative action-experiment. Ms. Kang, as a child in Korea, was forbidden to eat spun sugar candy floss. In Happy Birthday, the artist  concealed herself within a cocoon made out of 100 Coney Island pink and blue cotton candy clouds. When a tongue pokes through the candy cast thus begins the slow paced escape. The artist eats her way through a type of birthing journey. The action was filmed in one take and lasts approximately 17 minutes.

In this public display of her intimate travails, Ms. Kang reflects on notions of social anthropology, migration and consumption. Her performance, akin to a live soft sculpture, is a visual tour-de-force.  Happy Birthday, both agitates and delights the senses.

 

Ms. Kang is a Fine Arts graduate of Parsons The New School for Design and a Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture fellow. This is her first exhibition at A.M. Richard Fine Art.