Artist: Jenny Cho
Exhibition: In Process
Media: Wood (wood grain inspiration), various mediums of gel and sold materials, paint
Social Media: Instagram- cxthxdx_gxrl
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jenny Cho is fourth-year student here at California State University Long Beach and will be graduating with a BA in studio art for drawing and painting this spring. Much of Cho’s inspiration is derived from the idea of fine art versus craft and technology versus mother earth. Cho takes this inspiration from everyday things around us like the wood grain of a slate or the electro music she enjoys. Cho’s work does appear quite abstract but she described it as an “over lay” of the process she takes while making a piece, the over lay is the way her mind is working with the materials she has.
A lot of the pieces Cho presented were 3 dimensional and had an interesting texture. Cho explained that she really loved experimenting with different mediums and materials you would usually never think of putting together. All of these pieces had a very unique twist, they were all so colorful and even provoked me to want to touch them. Cho explained that she liked to do “system painting” where you make your own rules for this specific painting and then follow them to the bitter end. It produces an amazing pattern that may have been extremely time consuming but so satisfying at the end.
Cho’s main goal of this installation was to express a kind of ode to feminism and gender identity. All of her pieces had a story or a strong theme behind them. For example, a piece named “Can You See Him?” expressed a theme of gender identity. Cho explained that she had been in thrift store just looking around and she stubbled across a children’s book called “Fairytales for Girls.” In this book all of the male role models that you would usually see in a fairytale (i.e.: king, father, etc) was instead replaced with a female equivalent. At first Cho was intrigued at how a book like this was meant for children, Cho explained that she was looking at the book as if she was a young boy struggle with their sexuality, having picked up this book and not seeing something they could really relate too. So Cho changed the story to make it more relatable for that little boy, she changed all the female characters to men. The piece itself was covered in nylon, “concealing but still giving you a glimpse as to what is going on in this boys mind.” If you look beneath the nylon it looks as if there’s a “glitch” in the story, the road or path that the story follows looks as if a video game glitches, going from colorful rainbow colors to a “static,” resembling when your television looses connection. This piece presented a sense of wonder, because if you were just standing there looking at it you can’t really see beneath the nylon and certain portions are easier to see than others. But when Cho came up and pulled back the nylon to reveal the story beneath it all became really clear.
I really enjoyed Cho’s installation, i like her “Ode to Feminism” and the way she took a stereotype of women either being a vixon or naive and turned it into something that provoked someone to thinking ‘why?’, why does a stereotype like this exist. One of Cho’s pieces that really stood out to me was called “I Can See Her,” at first i just thought of it as a wood grain with a kind of twist, but as Cho began to describe it, it started to mean something completely different. This piece was actually a vagina that expressed the stereotype previously mentioned. The daisies toward the middle represent the innocence and the roses towards the outside represented the seductiveness. However, the nylon covering the sides showed the hidden truth underlining the whole piece, women are neither vision nor naive, but a simple mixture of both and so much more. But society has held a certain image of women that no one can see past the “nylon.”