Brooklyn-based artist Ran Hwang creates these sprawling murals that fan out across bright canvases of color, but a close-up look at her work reveals the true delight in these pieces: thousands, if not millions or tiny beads and buttons are pinned onto the wall, recreating classic patterns of cherry blossoms and phoenixes in stunning detail.
Each installation requires massive amounts of time and precision, considering the finicky nature of the tiny pins and pieces, and the tightly clustered beads and sequins add a layer of scale-like shimmer to each installation as the light glimmers off each individual pin. Each installation is also enormous– her recent piece titled “Healing Blossoms” (the white flower branches on teal) measures over 27 feet long. From Ran Hwang’s artist statement:
I create large icons such as a Buddha or a traditional vase, using materials from the fashion industry. The process of building large installations are time consuming and repetitive and it requires manual effort which provides a form of self-meditation. I hammer thousands of pins into a wall like a monk who, facing the wall, practices Zen.
Beautiful work that I would love to see in person. I like that for some of the gallery pieces, she leaves a large pile of sequins and beads on the floor before the installation (the same sequins and beads pinned onto the wall, obviously) for visitors to comprehend the workmanship behind each display. [Via This Is Colossal.]
If you find this fascinating, you might like Chen Chun-Hao’s art which I posted a few months ago– his work uses tiny mosquito nails to recreate ancient Chinese watercolor works is just as astounding.