More works by Ran Hwang

Ran Hwang
Of Buttons and Pins

Button & Pins on wood Panel


An internationally acclaimed artist with a presence in many prestigious collections around the world, Ran Hwang distorts and refreshes common perception by turning the ordinary into aesthetic masterpieces. Using buttons, beads, pins and threads, she creates mammoth installations that depict a myriad of socially and emotionally relevant subjects. Hammering each pin in by hand, the artist regards her technique as meditative, simultaneously leading to impeccable detailing as part of her canvas of wooden board. A complex coalescence of colour and layered texturing, Hwang combines not only the perspective of the grand scale versus the ordinary, but also the visual illusions of a whole image versus its defining components. These stunning visuals when seen alongside the emotional and meaningful displays of her subjects, leaves her work thought provoking and engrossing in the encompassment of perceptual fluidity; constantly inciting the viewer to look deeper and read between every hand crafted line.

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  • +Artist Bio

    Ran Hwang graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and subsequently went on to attain her Masters Degree in Fine Arts at the Graduate School of Arts Chung-Ang University in Seoul, Korea. This Korean-born artist currently resides and practices her craft in New York, and is best-known for creating intricate, large-scale wall installations with exquisite materials from the fashion industry such as beads, buttons, pins and thread. A multiple award winner, Ran Hwang has completed many residencies and her works have been exhibited across the globe, including Korea, Switzerland, USA and France, and collected by distinguished hotels, museums and companies. 
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  • +Exhibitions

    Selected Solo Exhibition

    Leila Heller Gallery, New York  

    Asian Art Works, 789 Beijing  

    Leila Heller Gallery, New York  

    Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul, Korea  

    Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland   

    ACAF (Asian Contemporary Art Fair ), Pier92, New York  

    2X13 Gallery, Seoul, Korea  

    Hass Gallery, Bloomsburg University, PA  

    Open Studio, Vermont Studio Art Center, Jonson Vermont U.S.A  

    Hutchins Gallery, Long Island University, New York 
    Hudson River Gallery, New York
    Yee Mook Gallery, Seoul, Korea   

    Hudson River Gallery, New York  

    Artsnal Gallery, Paris  

    Hudson River Gallery, New York 

    Selected Two-Person Exhibitions

    Refresh!, 2x13 Gallery, New York           
    When Art Encounters Fashion, Space Shin Choi, New York 

    Selected Group Exhibitions

    Freedom: Just another word for…,Kidspace@ Mass Moca, North Adams, MA              
    Transparencies: Contemporary Art and A History of Glass, Des Moines Art Center Main Gallery, Des Moines, IA          
    The Armory Show, Window Project-Leila Heller Gallery, NY  

    Media Variegations, Asian Art Works, 798 Beijing           
    L'Asie en Vogue Exhibition, Pagoda Paris, France           
    Peekskill Project V, HVCCA-Hudson Vally Center for Contemporary Art, NY           
    South Hampton Art Fair, Leila Heller Gallery, New York           
    Conference of Birds, CYNTHIA-REEVES Projects (C-R P), Mana Contemporary, New Jersey           
    Art Dubai, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, United Arab Emirates           
    FIFTH ANNUAL QUEENS ART EXPRESS, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Jamaica, Queens NY           
    VIP Art Fair 2.0, Leila Heller Gallery, New York   

    Aha Moment!, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Art Center, Seoul, Korea           
    AHL Foundation Annual Auction, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York          
    Sofia International Paper Art Biennale 2011, Sofia, Bulgaria          
    SCOPE Basel 2010, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Basel, Switzerland          
    Art Paris Just Art!, Kashya Hilderbrand Gallery, Paris           
    Art Dubai 2011, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, United Arab Emirates          
    Finding Flow, Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju Island, Korea          
    Art Stage Singapore, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Singapore           
    India Art Summit, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, New Delhi, India  

    ART ASIA MIAMI, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Miami, USA          
    KUNST10, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland          
    AHL Foundation, Gala Auction, Arario Gallery, New York          
    B.I.E.N.N.A.L.E + ONE, Kwang-ju, Korea          
    Fokus Lodz Biennale 2010, Lodz, Poland          
    KIAF 2010, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Seoul, Korea          
    ART TAIPEI 2010, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Taiwan          
    SCOPE Basel 2010, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Basel, Switzerland          
    Art HK10, Hong Kong International Art Fair, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Hong Kong          
    Art Dubai 2010, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, United Arab Emirates  

    Kaleidoscope, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland           
    Beginning of New Era, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul          
    KIAF (Korea International Art Fair), COEX, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul          
    Triple of Light, mnav (Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales), Uruguay          
    Art Dubai 2009, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, United Arab Emirates
    Art Asia, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Miami          
    ACAF (Asian Contemporary Art Fair), Pier 92, Special Exhibition- You in a Red Chamber, I Journey West,, New York          
    Art Paris Abu Dhabi, Emirates Palace, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Abu Dhabi         
    KIAF (Korean International Art Fair), COEX, 2x13 Gallery, Seoul          
    Facial of Art- 20 Years Anniversary exhibition, Seoul Art Center Museum, Seoul  

    Asian Contemporary Art Fair, Special Exhibition-Simulasian, Pier 92, New York          
    Incarnation, Hammond Museum, New York           
    Drawing the Line - Against Domestic Violence-Auction, The Metropolitan Pavilion, New York          
    Woman in Love, Tenri Gallery, New York           
    Mi Art Fair, Milan, Italy  

    Queens International 2006, Queens Museum of Art, New York           
    Funsters, Seoul Art Center Museum, Seoul Korea.           
    Affordable Art Fair New York City 2006, The Metropolitan Pavilion, New York           
    Drawing the Line - Against Domestic Violence-Auction, Helen Mills Theater, New York           
    City Art Auction, Chelsea Art Museum, New York          
    Asian Art Works, Silent Auction, Helen Mills Theater, New York  

    The Artville, 2x13 Gallery, New York           
    Joy, Arts and Gallery, Milan Italy          
    Contemporary Asian artists, Hammond museum, New York          
    Beyond Acculturation, Stimulus, Response and Mutual Benefit, Tenri Gallery, New York          
    Eight Korean Artists, 2004/2005: AHL Foundation Visual Arts Competition Winners, White Box, New York  

    Night of 1000 Drawings, Artist Space, New York          
    Green Light, Korean Cultural Service-Gallery Korea, New York          
    Dumbo Arts Under the Bridge Festival, Dumbo Arts Center, New York          
    The 1st Keum Kang International Nature Arts Biennale-Special Exhibition, GongJoo, Korea          
    The Repetition, Gana Insa Art Center, Seoul, Korea          
    Generation 1.0, Representing 100years of Korean Immigration, Korean Cultural Service, Washington D.C.          

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