THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART UNVEILS
MONUMENTAL INSTALLATION BY HAEGUE YANG AND MANUEL RAEDER
ON THE SANDRA AND GERALD FINEBERG ART WALL
(BOSTON—February 4, 2013) The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) has unveiled a monumental new installation on the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall titled Multiple Mourning Room: Mirrored (2012). This new commission by South Korean-born artist Haegue Yang in collaboration with Berlin-based graphic designer Manuel Raeder is an ambitious work composed of a large-scale digital print, geometric paper collage and mounted sculptural elements, measuring over 40 feet high. Located inside the museum’s glass-enclosed lobby, the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall is dedicated to site-specific works by leading contemporary artists and is commissioned annually. Multiple Mourning Room: Mirrored is the latest installation in this space and is on view at the ICA through March 2014.
The title of the work, Multiple Mourning Room: Mirrored, alludes to multi-faith airport prayer rooms. By combining an image of an inverted Asian cityscape with images of Yang’s sculpture and collages, bonsai trees, and grave markers, Yang comments on the copious hours travelers idle in airports, the symbol of global transience of our age.
Yang realizes the increasingly disordered and diverse contemporary visual environment by designing a saturated visual field infused with flamboyant, totemic assemblages of household items—light bulbs and cords, knitted textiles, plastic plants, feathers, and garish wigs. Her works are at once playful, melancholic, sincere and wry.
Multiple Mourning Room: Mirrored is supported in part by Jean-François and Nathalie Ducrest.