Fort Worth Community Arts Center



FWCAC - SHELIA AND HOUSTON HILL COURTYARD GALLERY


Jihye Hanís Breaking Ground

Jihye Han's "Breaking Ground" utilizes clay, cedar, and porcelain to explores themes of separation and lonesomeness, drawing from the artistís Korean heritage and North and South Korea division.


 


Artist Ben Munoz stands with his sculpture - Compacted With Care

Artist Ben Muñoz stands with his sculpture "Compacted With Care."


 


Shelia and Houston Hill Courtyard Gallery - New Sculptures

The Fort Worth Community Arts Center welcomes two distinct emerging artists Jihye Han and Ben Muñoz to the Shelia and Houston Hill Courtyard Gallery.

Ben Muñozís Compacted with Care examines the duality of the Muñozís life as a husband, father, and artist. The single sculpture is constructed from the Muñozís printmaking woodcuts and figuratively denotes lifeís building blocksí in which the artist reconfigures balancing between home life and artistic pursuits. The assembled sculpture resembles the wooden blocks formations he and his children build together during playtime.

Jihye Hanís Breaking Ground utilizing clay, cedar, and porcelain explores themes of separation and lonesomeness, drawing from the artistís Korean heritage and North and South Korea division. Breaking Ground consists of two site-specific structures designed specifically for the Shelia and Houston Hill Courtyard Gallery. The sculptures leverage the previously installed cement plinth to reference Korean palaces and the dominant boundary of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea. The two separate structures symbolize the separation of two families, the DMZ, and the artistís own cultural experience living in Texas. Porcelain ribbons are placed throughout both structures, alluding to prayer ribbons found on the ďFreedom BridgeĒ in South Korea. Each ribbon is a small message of hope that Korea will be unified one day. The fragility of the white porcelain ribbon further symbolizes lifeís fragility and honoring those who have passed.

The three plinths that serve as pedestals for the Arts Councilís temporary sculpture exhibition program were designed by local artist Kris Pierce and commissioned for the City of Fort Worthís Public Art Collection. Untitled (Plinths) are permanently sited at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. The artwork was inspired by the buildingís striking architecture designed by Herbert Bayer, an artist and seminal member of the avant-garde Bauhaus school in Germany. Drawing from this aesthetic, Pierceís designs derived from Bayerís universal alphabet through a process of repetition, redaction, and refinement. Each sculptural plinth complements the existing outdoor sculpture exhibitions at each of the five museums within the Cultural District.

The three sculptures are free to view on the grounds of the Fort Worth Community Arts Center from August 28, 2020 through July 31, 2021

 


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