South Korean artist to discuss new exhibit in Tarble

Kennedy Nolen, Multicultural Reporter

Jiha Moon, South Korean native and Atlanta-based contemporary artist, will discuss her intricate, colorful collection of work “Double Welcome: Most everyone’s mad here” at 6 p.m. Thursday in Tarble Arts Center, as the exhibition will be featured from Nov. 18 to Feb. 4.

Other exhibitions opening on Nov. 18 include Cream Co.’s “Living Room”, which will be featured on the eGallery, and Chris Cohoon’s “In All Around I See” will be on display in the Brainard Gallery.

The Chicago-based artists from Cream Co. will be at Tarble as part of the night and so will local artist Chris Cohoon.

“Everybody will be here who is actually in the show, which I mean, is really rare for us to have all the artists be able to come and attend,” Barber said.

Rehema Barber, director and chief curator of the Tarble Arts Center, said the exhibition is really interesting because it is a combination of paintings on canvas, works on paper and installations of ceramic vessels she makes.

While Moon is on campus, she will also be visiting with graduate students studying art.

The staff at Tarble booked to have Moon’s exhibition “Double Welcome: Most Everyone’s Mad Here” in the fall of 2015, Barber said.

Barber said Moon’s show has traveled all over the country and thought it would be nice to introduce her work in Charleston.

She said a condition of having this exhibition at Tarble was Moon was required to visit Eastern, so that is always a plus.

“I always like to bring in the artists that we work with,” Barber said.

She said she is eager to hear the conversation among the artists and thinks Moon’s discussion is a good way for attendees to kick off their holiday break.

“There’s a lot of symbolism (in her work), and I like the idea that she’s taking popular culture references in the 21st century now, and somehow incorporating and juxtaposing that against what we call traditional Asian cultural motifs,” Barber said. “So I think overall the show is really nicely put together.”

Moon will discuss what American’s perceptions of the East are, Asia particularly, and how they are formed, Barber said.

Since the previous show at Tarble was a collection from Japanese artist Yoshitoshi, Barber said, “I am kind of trying to look at Asian culture through a more holistic lens and a broad lens. I think this will show that.”