Review: Cultural collision and cuteness abound in Jiha Moon’s solo show -, December 2018

By Felicia Feaster

Atlanta-based, South Korean-born artist Jiha Moon’s paintings look like contained explosions, the world blown to smithereens. There’s the suggestive tang of gunpowder in the air and billowing smoke seems to dissipate as we contemplate her manic miasmas of color and form.

But look closely at Moon’s works painted on glossy Mylar, and all is not destruction and chaos. Instead there are folk tales and familiar apparitions emerging from the fog: beasts and sprites, dragons and fish, twisting trees and peeping eyeballs watching us as we watch them.

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Artadia at NADA Miami Beach: Jiha Moon (Atlanta 2016)

Ice Palace Studios
Booth 8.08

December 7-10, 2017 

"Jiha Moon is in a perpetual state of “other” as she mines numerous histories and cultures, distilling them into rascally works of art. There is no filter, just a quirky mix matching flurry of references. Mischievousness, rebelliousness, Jiha is the Bart Simpson of our scene and she perfectly exemplifies the new Atlanta.” - Daniel Fuller, Curator, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

Jiha Moon: Double Welcome, Most Everyone's Mad Here Catalog

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Featuring over 50 works by multi-media artist Jiha Moon (Korean, Born 1973), this publication examines the rich cultural context in which the artist works. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Moon harvests cultural elements native to Korea, Japan, and China and then unites them with Western elements to investigate the multi-faceted nature of our current global identity as influenced by popular culture, technology, racial perceptions, and folklore. Moon blurs the lines between Western and Eastern identified iconography such as the characters from the online game Angry Birds and smart phone Emojis. They float alongside Asian tigers, Aztec warriors, and Indian gods in compositions that appear both familiar and foreign, ancient and modern.

Binding: hardcover
Length: 96 pages
Dimensions: 11" x 7"

Future Fossil, Other Vessel - The Brooklyn Rail, June 2016

by Anthony Hawley

A Whisper of Where it Came From

MARCH 11 – JULY 24, 2016


MARCH 15 – MAY 22, 2016

In 2016 we’re trying to make sense of our monuments. Broken monuments, unfaithful monuments. Bloated monuments, impaired monuments. Monuments erasing centuries of history, strangely self-satisfying Facebook monuments flashing solidarity with victims of some far-off tragedy. On May 10, 2016, Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance (INR) announced the removal and relocation of nearly 500 Soviet monuments. Debates continue to flare across the southern United States over the elimination of Confederate flags and statues like the life-size one of a staunch confederate soldier in the Mason-Dixon border city of Rockville, Maryland.

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Double Welcome, Most Everyone’s Mad Here

Tour Schedule

Taubman Museum of Art Roanoke, VA
May 2 – September 20, 2015 

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
October 24 – December 5, 2015 

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Kalamazoo, MI
December 19, 2015 – March 6, 2016 

Salina Art Center
Salina, KS
April 6 – June 12, 2016 

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art Auburn University
Auburn, AL 
January 21 – April 30, 2017 

Richard E. Peeler Art Center DePauw University
Greencastle, IN
August 25 – October 29, 2017 

Tarble Arts Center Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL
November 18, 2017 – February 4, 2018 

American University Art Museum
Washington, DC
March 31 – May 20,

The Mennello Museum of American Art
Orlando, FL 

June 22 – August 12, 2018 

Crisp-Ellert Art Museum
Flagler College St.
Augustine, FL
September 1 – October 27,

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