A continuation of her recent sites-pecific installations, So we can be near and Enunciation of blessedness, in yearning Gyun Hur brings a poetic medley of local river water, glass, and hand-shredded silk flowers to the Art-in-Buildings Gallery space. Using the gallery’s open windows as a mediator, the artist invites the audience to visually enter her wall and floor installation from the outside; a gesture of reaching out to something ungraspable in the distance. Inside the space, a vinyl rectangle on the floor depicts a dreamy haze of clouds, maps, and figures interacting with Detroit’s many bodies of water – a visual montage that traces the city’s ecological and social histories. A gathering of 36 hand-blown glass vessels in the shape of teardrops contain the very water the graphic references. Over the course of the year-long exhibition, the water in the vessels will evaporate and be refilled, echoing the inevitability of loss while also holding meaning for the regeneration of life.
Gyun Hur is an interdisciplinary artist and an educator whose experience as an immigrant daughter deeply fuels her practice. Gyun recently completed the Stove Works Residency, Bronx Museum AIM Fellowship, and Danspace Project Writer-in-Residency. She is the inaugural recipient of The Hudgens Prize. Her works have been featured in Hyperallergic, The Cut, Art In America, Art Paper, Sculpture, Art Asia Pacific, Public Art Magazine Korea, and more. Gyun has contributed as an artist-writer in fLoromancy, The Brooklyn Rail, and The Forgetory. Born in South Korea, she moved to Georgia at the age of 13. She currently lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Parsons School of Design.