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YK Hong
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant



ARTIST STATEMENT: I’m intrigued by the tendency to see propaganda as generic and brainwashing. Instead at its basic level I see it as intensely personal, filled with infinite hope and desire for change. It is never immutable and stagnant, but clear and overt, and always carries a call to action. I am enraptured by the idea that propaganda is art for the masses, intended to be public, communal and widely shared. I address not only conventional ideas of propaganda, but also forms dealing with racism, identity, advertising and migration. My work reinterprets and deconstructs existing propaganda and elements of Korean traditional technique and medium to show an unexpected proximity between “us” and “them”, between North and South, Eastern propaganda and Western commercialism. Both use the dynamics of oppression to convey their messages, selling ideologies that, once attained, declare to make us better beings. My work isn’t an attempt to reconcile these opposing forces, but to show that there is nothing to reconcile. I use deconstructed propaganda as tools to interrupt oppression.
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  • What We Think, We Become
    2015
    Repurposed wood salvaged from pre-gentrified Brooklyn brownstones, acrylic paint, pewter molded Buddha heads
    30”x22”x5”
    The wood used in my work is sourced from the floors and foundations of Brownstone buildings in the rapidly gentrifying Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, where I reside and create. By

  • Radiate
    2012
    Wood and acrylic
    10"x10"x1"

  • Give IV
    2011
    Wood and acrylic
    10"x10"x1"

  • Breathe In Breathe Out
    2010
    wood and paint

  • DoJang Series Installation
    2012
    Wood and acrylic
    varies, each piece 10"x30"x1"

  • Free Radicals
    2013
    Leather, metal, nylon
    90”x40”x 5”

  • We Will Not Give Up (detail)
    2013
    Leather, metal, nylon
    80”x30”x5”

  • We Are Yesterday’s Warriors (detail)
    2013
    Leather, metal, nylon
    90”x40”x 5”
 








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