Hope Wang: The Vacant Plot of Sky
January 18 – March 1, 2022
McHenry County College
Galleries One & Two (Building A, Room A212x)
Contending with sloppy traces of human activity around sites of industrial labour, Hope Wang’s work treats the architectural landscape as a malleable document of visual language where building facades become eroded, redacted, and defaced. She translates images of architectural “scars” in factory parking lots, construction sites, and city commutes through computer-assisted handweaving and meticulous printmaking. Using the representational technique of trompe l’oeil to push cloth and paper to appear as a different material altogether, she crafts elaborate inside jokes with herself, and explores loss and longing through material illusions that reference those scarred sites. These thin spaces between physical occupancy and material manipulation of textile, print, and photography suggest that meaning and memory are often in ﬂux, and thus, often written over and over again. Her work considers the ways architectural spaces become artifacts of memory, and questions what happens to our memories when the physical artifacts disappear or change.
Reception with the Artist:
Wednesday, February 16, 4 – 6 pm