Chutes and Tears
An Instillation
By Rachel Hayes and Jiha Moon
April 15 – May 6th 2011

The LAB (for installation + performance art) is thrilled to present Chutes and Tears, a sculpture and painting installation by Rachel Hayes and Jiha Moon. The artists have been collaborating since 2007 when they met at Art Omi International Artists Residency, and are taking this opportunity at The LAB to collaborate for the first time in New York City.

Jiha’s bold and delicate brushstrokes will be painted and embedded within Rachel’s sculptural fabric and hanji paper panels. The two artists collaboration will be seeking a balance within the graphic structures, sewn grids and gestural mark-makings. This fluid form will create an abstract sculptural landscape; a flowing waterfall of color and fabric pouring down from the gallery ceiling and meandering across the space towards the street.

Rachel Hayes earned a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has had solo exhibitions and projects with BravinLee Programs/NYC Downtown Alliance – New York, Dolphin Gallery – Kansas City, MO, Shaw Center for the Arts – Baton Rouge, LA, Solvent Space – Richmond, VA, LAB Gallery – New York, and Roswell Museum and Art Center – Roswell, NM. Group exhibitions include the Sculpture Center, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapois Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Grand Arts, and Fakespace LA. Awards and Residencies include Sculpture Space Residency, Art Omi International Residency, Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship in Sculpture. Most recently she was awarded the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Memorial Fellowship in Sculpture, which concluded with a solo show in Cornish, NH. Rachel Hayes currently lives and works in Kansas City, MO. Most recently Hayes was awarded a Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio Residency in NYC, which begins in September.

Jiha Moon received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa in 2002. Her work has been showcased at premier New York venues including Asia Society and Museum, The Drawing Center, and White Columns. Her work has featured in Vantage Point VII: Turbulent Utopia, Jiha Moon at Mint Museum (Charlotte, NC 2008), and has been showcased in recent exhibitions at Mary Ryan Gallery , Moti Hasson Gallery and Miki Wik Kim Contemporary. She has been selected for international residencies at Art Omi, Acadia Summer Art Program, MacDowell colony and Singapore Tyler Print Institute through the Asia Society. Moon finished her one year residency project with the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philladelphia recently. Her works are on view at the museum’s show New American Voice II. Moon’s work is in the collections at Smithsonian Institute, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; Asia Society and Museum, New York; Mint Museum, North Carolina; and the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Virginia. Jiha Moon currently lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia.

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