February 25 - March 20, 2010
Opening: Thursday, February 25, 6-8pm
“In Some Deviation, the music is quiet, the language is illegible, and the story is impenetrable.”
Georgia Scherman Projects is pleased to present Korean-born artist Hyang Cho’s first solo exhibition in Toronto. Some Deviation consists of four independent and interdependent language and book-based works highlighting Cho’s obsessive need to “dissect, reassemble, and reorganize” forms of communication.
In Three Variations of Two Part Inventions Cho deconstructs the sheet music of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Two Part Inventions”. Comprised of three volumes of fifteen drawings each, the music is variably altered. In the first, the right hand and the left hand staff notes have been reversed. In the second, all the rests, an indication of an interval of silence, have been taken away. In the third, all the notes have been removed. Cho invites the viewer to observe, examine and question the system and mechanisms of musical language.
In Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus, each individual sentence of Mary Shelly’s novel is typed and printed on the bottom of a letter size piece of paper. The 3216 sheets are stacked from the first to the last sentence. The content of the book is accumulated continuously without disruption of the physical limitation of the book. And yet, this overlapping renders the language illegible, with the exception, that is, of the last sentence; “He was soon borne away by the waves and lost in the darkness and distance.”
A third body of work, Six Tales of Mystery and Imagination utilizes a found copy of the same named writings of Edgar Allen Poe. Each sentence has been methodically removed. The book sits wordless as the individual sentences of the stories have themselves been rolled up into tape reels. Cho questions the boundary between knowing and not knowing by transforming the familiar story to unfamiliar objects.
In the last body of work, The Books, focus is placed on the objecthood of the books themselves. It consists of various popular genre fictions obtained from purged public library collections. Every page of each of the books has been glued together deeming them traditionally useless. The tactile nature of the book is brought to the forefront as the story remains out of reach.
Hyang Cho was born in Seoul, Korea in 1974 and currently lives and works in Guelph, Ontario.