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Security Is Mostly A Superstition

April 5—May 2, 2011
Reception: Tuesday, April 5, 6-8 p.m.

Keep It Together (detail), 2011, unglazed ceramic, dimensions variable.

Half Gallery is pleased to present Security Is Mostly A Superstition, the first New York solo exhibition of work by artist Julia Chiang, on view April 5 through May 2.

Chiang will present a room-size installation of white chains, ranging in length from five- to thirty-feet, made from handcrafted ceramic links. At once a measurement of distance and tether, the chains seemingly restrain and protect a sacred space imagined by the artist. As in her past sculptural work—which includes a range of media, from gold and candy to etched glass and mirror—Chiang articulates an absurd desire for perfection, revealed in the unevenness and imperfection of human touch. The result is an immersive environment that emanates an emotive spirit marked by connectivity and confinement.

Julia Chiang lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA in 2000 from New York University. She has created site-specific projects such as: Emigrate, Travessia, NY; Again and Again, Kantor/Feuer Window, NY (both 2007); and Loves Me, x-girl, NY (2003). Her work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions, including: January White Sale, curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody, Loretta Howard Gallery, NY; A Strange Affinity to the Beautiful and Dreadful, curated by Maureen Sullivan, Hendershot Gallery, NY (both 2011); Postermat, The Hole, NY; It Ain’t Fair, OHWOW, Miami (both 2010); and The House Was Quiet and the World Was Calm, Tina Kim Gallery, NY, curated by Christopher Lew. Chiang's work has also been the subject of solo projects at the Standard, both in New York and Miami, and discussed in publications such as The Fader, Paper Magazine, Modern Painters, Flash Art, The New Yorker, and The New York Times.

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