Jessica Jang: The Ethereal Rock

   Echoes   2018     Ink on mulberry and cotton papers Dimensions Variable

Echoes
2018
Ink on mulberry and cotton papers
Dimensions Variable

 
 

The title of this exhibition, The Ethereal Rock, is borrowed from a story written in 1679 by Pu Songling.  This short story is about a man who finds a rock and falls in love with it.  The rock is described as having 92 grottoes and the ability to exhale little clouds.  Various incidences occur throughout the story that challenge, not only the man's ability to claim absolute ownership of the rock, but also many others who try to pursue this magical object.  The reader is led to confront notions of desire and the consequences of fanatical devotion. 

The sparse descriptions of the ethereal rock creates an image that is left to the reader's imagination, to be inferred from the endless struggles to possess it. The works in The Ethereal Rock expand upon the passages in the story through drawings, paintings, and sculpture.  The experience of intense preoccupation over a singular subject is replicated through repeated attempts to interpret the the rock, while suggesting that irrational obsession may yield no more than the impossibility of knowing the things closest to us.

 

ABOUT

Jessica Jang works across mediums such as painting, sculpture, and animation to explore the transformative conditions of liminality and the portal.  Jang draws upon Chinese scholar rocks and mythology to explore the portal's generative possibilities and questions whether bodies can occupy such thresholds.  She holds a BFA from Emily Carr University, a BEd from the University of British Columbia, and is currently completing her final year of her MFA at the University of Guelph.

www.jessica-jang.com

 

EXHIBITION
June 11 - 28, 2018


Accompanying ACcessible Limited Edition - ‘ED003: Jessica Jang - Diving’ may be found Here.

 
 
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   Does the rock belong to you, or to me?   2018 Oil on panel 9” x 12”

Does the rock belong to you, or to me?
2018
Oil on panel
9” x 12”

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   Diving   2018 Oil on panel 10” x 8”

Diving
2018
Oil on panel
10” x 8”

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   Out of Sight   2018     Oil on panel 8” x 10”

Out of Sight
2018
Oil on panel
8” x 10”

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   I am the Ethereal Rock   2018     Mixed media 56” x 14” x11”

I am the Ethereal Rock
2018
Mixed media
56” x 14” x11”

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   ED004: Jessica Jang - Diving   2018 Digitalized oil painting, archival pigment on archival Cold Press paper (305 GSM, 19 mil) 9" x 11" (including paper border) Signed and numbered in pencil on the front   Edition of 25 signed + Edition of 25 unsigned

ED004: Jessica Jang - Diving
2018
Digitalized oil painting, archival pigment on archival Cold Press paper (305 GSM, 19 mil)
9" x 11" (including paper border)
Signed and numbered in pencil on the front
Edition of 25 signed + Edition of 25 unsigned