Studio Visit: Gina Hur
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Fusing together her formal training in ceramics with her ongoing experiments in sound art, Gina Hur puts together a tasteful, site-specific mixed media installation entitled Study I. She has created multiple ceramic vessels in various sizes and she carefully places each of them inside handcrafted wooden boxes. They are arranged and stacked accordingly to resemble a curved wall. Acting as a sound filter, the hollow vessels will house microphones that are attached to the audio equipment that Hur will control throughout the exhibition. Our most recent studio visit was particularly entertaining because Hur was able to demonstrate how the low-frequency “noise” would sound like when it is performed in front of the viewer or regular passerby. It is more or less of a humming sound, powerful enough that you can feel its vibrating effect on your body especially when you are stand up close.
Gina is currently putting together her installation up and conducting sound-check every now and then at the Sullivan Galleries. Deriving the natural sounds that occur within the space, her installation not only translates but it sits marvelously at the corner of the gallery. In fact, the natural light accentuates the details of her piece and further exposes the unfinished yet perfectly grouped boxes. Visible by their tiny glint, Hur makes no attempt to disguise the screws and bolts holding the piece together. Study I is nonetheless a doorway into a mind that interprets art in a league of its own.