Jiha Moon

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Yong!Yong!Yong! 2011 (detail), 24x24", ink, acrylic, fabric, and stickers on Hanji mounted on canvas. Image courtesy the artist and Saltworks Gallery, Atlanta

The exhibition Day for Night will include thirteen recent paintings by the Korean-American artist Jiha Moon. Her sensuous paintings juxtapose a dizzying maelstrom of influences and sources as well as a stunning array of materials and methods. Brightly colored pop-culture images are often layered with elements of traditional Asian landscape painting while bold gestural brushstrokes and delicately rendered passages mix to form a no-holds-barred visual feast for the viewer. The paintings are often described as blurring the lines between East and West, seduction and repulsion, old and new, abstraction and representation, as well as spontaneity and intentionality.

Jiha Moon was born in DaeGu, Korea and lives and works in Atlanta. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. She has work in the collections of the Asia Society and Museum in New York, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, The Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC, as well as the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. She has had solo exhibitions the Cheekwood Museum of Art in Nashville, Curator’s Office in Washington DC, Mary Ryan Gallery in New York as well as group shows at White Columns and the Drawing Center in New York. She has had residencies at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, the Ucross Foundation, the Acadia Summer Program, as well as the MacDowell Colony.