- Artist: Jenny Cho
- Exhibition: Inprocess
- Media: wood panels, synthetic hair, acrylic, watercolor paper, electrical diodes, mixed media, metal, succulent plants, circuit board, lipstick, nylon, silk flowers
- Gallery: Werby Gallery
- Instagram: @cxthxdx_gxrl
About the Artist
Jenny Cho is a senior at Cal State Long Beach and is studying at the School of Art. She is planning on graduating with a BFA in Drawing and Painting this Spring semester of 2017. Her art work comes from a more material based inspiration rather than a planned, thoughtful meaning. She also enjoys the use of recreational drugs for a more abstract experience when creating work. Along with two other artists, Andrea Gutierrez and Caitlin Morris, the exhibit explores the ephemeral use of materials and how they are portrayed by their different mindsets.
Jenny Cho’s section in the exhibit of Inprocess displays various interpretations of femininity through the base of wooden panels and the natural design they have. “Can You See Him?” and “I Can See Her” both utilized nylon but in different aspects, one being more masculine and the other feminine. Her three pieces that were connected with each other and were chaotic to the viewer. There was no pattern between any of the three when looked at visually. The only thing that connected them was the way they were displayed, the mouth being on top, followed by the bust, and ending with the vagina. Each one of these utilized different textures as well. Some included the waxy feeling of lipsticks to the use of synthetic hairs. The other half of Cho’s exhibit was the opposite. It demonstrated order and rules. The way the pieces were created was by a technique called system painting, which is based off following certain rules one makes before starting the piece.
Jenny Cho’s expo is based on the concept of using textures and medias that have no meaning in the beginning but later become relevant. She has three pieces that stand together and represent different aspects of the stereotypical parts of a woman’s body: lips, boobs, and vagina. Her piece “Standing Diagonal” is a way to connect sexiness and naiveness, which she connects to her personal mouth. She also states that it was one of the pieces where she had the most fun making. In the next piece, “Never Judge a Boob by its Cover”, Cho experiments with acrylic to make a bust with succulents underneath. She also incorporates wires, which leads her to making the connection of nature and technology in today’s world. The final part of these three is called “Hello and Goodbye”. Here she uses the patterns on the wood frame that she described “speak to [her] after smoking” to visualize what to create. In this piece, the pattern was depicted as her vagina. She later when on to installing individual synthetic hairs to the frame. Cho considers this piece to be her baby.
Two pieces that are opposite to what was described above are made with the system painting. Cho mentions this process to be punishing but yet enjoyable, only because she is required to follow certain rules without any idea of the outcome. She makes perimeters on the wood panels and from there goes on to painting based off of a grid she draws. There are a list of rules she makes and each depending on a number from a sequence she has, is the color she paints in the box.
I felt very connected to this exhibit because it touched various feminist aspects that I also agree on. I found it fascinating the way Jenny Cho ended up representing those relevant female body parts. One of my favorite’s was “I Can See Her”. From the first time I saw it, I realized that it also was an interpretation of the vagina, which is a very powerful part of the woman. But then the red roses gave me an image of innocence. Right away, I thought of the silhouette of the Virgin Mary which intrigued me. It was interesting to see two opposing aspects of femininity in one image.
The final section of the exhibit that used the system painting game, reminded me of a dance class that I had were we had a rule game. The rule game was based on a perimeter that we had decided on and people would call out certain words that represented different dance phrases or directions we had created. When creating art with rules, it may seem very refined to a certain outcome. In reality, the outcomes are infinite because there are various routes one can take following a couple of rules.