One of today’s leading public artists, Jean Shin has worked directly with the MAM community to create Host specifically for the Museum. Fabricated from metal forks, knives, and spoons, many of which have been donated by residents of the Montclair area, Host takes the form of a life-size tree that has been severed into three parts: the stump, the trunk, and the branches. Using intimate, everyday objects from our homes to generate this image of nature, Host speaks to both the resilience and vulnerability within the community. The flatware serves as a metaphor for personal and family histories, symbolizing the ritual of the family meal, the passing-down of heirlooms, and the conceptions of “home” that are at once personal and universal. The imagery of the tree refers to the suburban landscape: a source of pleasure and reassurance, but also, in recent years especially, of anxiety, reminding us of our fragile existence in the face of pressing ecological issues and economic challenges. Host represents the constant balancing act between nature and culture.
“While outdoor works of art have been a feature of the Montclair Art Museum since its very beginning in 1914, this installation marks the start of a new dedication to rethinking and, ultimately, transforming the grounds in honor of the Museum’s centennial,”
JEAN SHIN is nationally recognized for her monumental installations that transform everyday objects into elegant expressions of identity and community. For each project, she amasses vast collections of a particular object—prescription pill bottles, sports trophies, sweaters—which are often sourced through donations from individuals in a participating community. These intimate objects then become the materials for her conceptually rich sculptures, videos and site-specific installations. Distinguished by her meticulous, labor-intensive process, and her engagement of community, Shin’s arresting installations reflect individuals’
Her work has been widely exhibited in major national and international museums, including in solo exhibitions at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA (2012), Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona (2010), Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC (2009), the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia (2006), and The Museum of Modern Art in New York (2004). Other venues have been the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Art and Design, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Asia Society and Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, Sculpture Center, and Socrates Sculpture Parkin New York City. Site-specific permanent installations have been commissioned by the US General Services Administration Art in Architecture Award, New York City’s Percent for the Arts and MTA Art for Transit. She has received numerous awards, including the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Architecture/
Born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in the United States, Shin attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1999 and received a BFA and MS from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She lives and works in New York City.
The centerpiece of MAM’s new contemporary art program, the NEW DIRECTIONS series was founded in 2011 to bring new art to the Montclair community, engaging our audience with work that is at once accessible and thought-provoking. It spotlights emerging to mid-career artists working in all media, including painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video, sound, digital, and performance art. Marking the launch of MAM’s new contemporary art program, New Directions debuted in Fall 2011 with Marina Zurkow: Friends, Enemies, and Others; working primarily in digital animation, Zurkow makes videos, prints, and objects exploring environmental themes. September 2012 saw the opening of Saya Woolfalk: The Empathics; Woolfalk examines issues of ethnic and gender identity through installations, textile-based sculptures, painting, video, and performance.
Free First Thursday Night – Artist Talk with Jean Shin
Thursday, October 3, 7 p.m.
MSU/MAM Art Talks
Women Artists of the New Millennium/Panel Discussion
Thursday, September 26, 7 p.m.
$12 Members, $15 Nonmembers, FREE for MSU staff and students. Call 973-259-5137 or visit montclairartmusuem.org for tickets.
Children's Etiquette Workshop
Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m.– Noon
Advance registration required, limited seating. Call 973-259-5137 or visit montclairartmusuem.org for tickets.
$18 Member, $20 Nonmember. Admission is for one child and one accompanying adult.
ONLINE PRESS SITE
The Museum will maintain a site dedicated to the exhibition for journalists seeking further information, including a checklist and images. Please visit montclairartmuseum.org/