Artist: Yeri Hwang
Exhibition: Within Us
Media: Interactive Arts
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist: Yeri Hwang is an undergraduate student here at CSULB. She is currently in her last semester of CSULB’s School of Art and getting her Bachelor degree in Studio Arts. Yeri started her college life as an animation student but decided to instead explore other art’s medias. She wants to expand her work after graduating and perhaps one day work in movies.
What is her work? Yeri’s gallery, with the use of various technology (lights, motors, fog machine, etc.), created an interactive gallery for the visitors to touch and see the art pieces come alive. You play as a “protagonist” of Yeri’s world. The gallery starts out with the origin piece as you walk right in the gallery, where you see the famous Michael Angelo painting found in the Sistine Chapel in Italy. Second you find what looks like a birth of a baby. Third is an interactive “clock” that can turn with various colors and a light shines through it. Fourth is a curtain, with a window seeing a house and a button you can press to activate a fog machine. Fifth, you see a sword stuck in a rock, which as you touch it, lights up. Lastly in the dark corner of the exhibit, you see a religious painting with candles and broken mirrors, asking you to write what you wish to be forgiven for.
What did I think? An interactive art gallery is always fun to me, so I thoroughly enjoyed this gallery. It was quite fun watch and interacting with the pieces and see how they work. The one that caught my attention was the sword in both technical part that it is cool, but the message was relatable to me. “We all have to make decisions that we are never sure if it is right. When the time comes, take a leap of faith”. The world is an unpredictable place, so you’ll have to situations in life where you just have to trust what you believe in and you may have to fight (literally and metaphorically) for what you believe in.