October 23 - December 5, 2015

The Halsey Institute ends the 2015 season with two exhibitions including work by Susan Klein and Jiha Moon.

Susan Klein: Shadow Things

Susan Klein’s painting explores questions of time, of accumulation and losses, of spaces that become layered by history. In her paintings, Klein combines imagery from separate places and times into one image. Usually, she begins with a landscape painting, sometimes rural, sometimes urban. She then works over these representational paintings, referencing the visual world of objects. The result is an image that is observational, somehow recognizable yet ambiguous. Traces of concealment and revelation remain and the paintings show wear and tear. Irregular surfaces, architecture, botany, gnarly branches, fences, piles of bricks – they swim together to create a dense visual obstacle course.

Jiha Moon: Double Welcome, Most Everyone’s Mad Here

Jiha Moon harvests cultural elements native to Korea, Japan, and China and 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. Featuring fifty-plus works, Moon blurs the lines between Western- and Eastern-identified iconography such as the characters from the online game Angry Birds and smart phone emojis which float alongside Asian tigers and Indian gods, in compositions that appear simultaneously familiar and foreign.

This exhibition is organized by the Taubman Museum of Art in collaboration with the Halsey Institute and curated by Amy G. Moorefield, Deputy Director of Exhibition and Collections at the Taubman Museum of Art, and Mark Sloan.


Susan Klein
Shadow Things

Susan Klein has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally. She has shown at the Brooklyn Artists Gym, Brooklyn NY; 3433 Gallery, Chicago, IL; PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR; University of Ulsan, South Korea; Wayne State University, Detroit, MI; as well as other venues. Recent awards include a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center, an Ox-Bow artist in residence fellowship, residency at Arteles, in Finland, and a College of Charleston Faculty Research Grant to attend the Takt Berlin residency, summer 2015. Klein received her MFA in 2004 from the University of Oregon and a BFA in 2001 from the University of New Hampshire. She is currently Assistant Professor of Art at the College of Charleston.

Double Welcome, Most Everyone’s Mad Here

Born and raised in Daegu, Korea, Jiha Moon lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Korea University in Seoul, Korea. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Asia Society, New York City, New York; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia; and the Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at notable museums nationwide including at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, North Carolina; the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee; and the Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, North Carolina. She has been the recipient of several residencies including Omi International Arts Center, Ghent, New York; the Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, California; the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire. In 2011, Moon was the recipient of a prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. She is represented by Curator’s Office in Washington, D.C., Saltworks Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, and Ryan Lee Gallery in New York, New York.

Community Partners 2015