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David Jang

4727 E Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90040, U.S.A.
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Phone: 213-280-9018

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Artist Statement

My work utilizes materials and object-making to articulate the countervailing forces inherent in the everyday: expansion and contraction, perfection and imperfection, force and balance, having and lacking. My process can be described as an exacting, fanciful, even obsessive re-appropriation of common materials—one in which I deconstruct, re-program and re-constitute industrial and commercial cast-offs to reveal new relationships between the object and the viewer. Most people know my media in their ubiquitous forms—as a potato chip bag, remote control, plastic jar, Styrofoam cup, FAX machine, computer printer, coiled wire, light bulb, et cetera—but coded also into each of these objects (and the materials from which they are composed) are its life’s instructions. As I examine the continuum of the objects, I begin to discover the hidden subtexts and hierarchies these objects uphold—the social orders they sustain or subvert and the relationships they facilitate or fail. I attempt to foster a self-revelatory creative process, one that is empirical yet open-ended. In this way my work results, not in forced conversation, but in quasi-scientific discovery.