Heejung Cho explores how emotive, remedy
visual memories of once-familiar places inevitably distort into architectural abstraction over time.  Cho’s meditations on her fading recollections of her personal landmarks throughout industrial Brooklyn reveal how the mind can deconstruct a familiar facade – consequently evoking a sense of estrangement. Cho reclaims her memory’s reconfiguration of space, time, and place by collaging and sculpting construction materials such as concrete, wood, cardboard, and plaster. Facades shift into jutting and distorted juxtapositions of familiar and unrecognizable. Sharp vantage points echo Cho’s mental attempt to find the familiar loci: the key to remembering where the buildings exist geographically and memorially. As a result, each work is a skewed relic of a fading neighborhood.

Heejung Cho received her BFA in sculpture at Seoul National University and her MFA in visual art at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Since 2009, Cho is an artist in residence at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. Her works have been recognized by New York Foundation for the Arts IAP Mentoring Program, AHL Foundation, Bronx Museum of Arts, Arts Council of Korea, PS122 Studio Program, Triangle Arts Association, Dodge Foundation, and the Contemporary Artist Center of New York.  Cho exhibits work internationally in Beijing, Binghampton, Boston, New York City, Seoul, Sweden, and Zibo City, China. Heejung hails from Seoul, Korea and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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