Jae Kang (NZ)



Irrigation pipe + tube

Photos credits: Sean Davey


Jae Kang is a South Korean-born artist based in New Zealand, known primarily for her large scale gallery and outdoor public installations. Her work is focused on a form of immersive spatial drawing, often utilising recycled hydroponic irrigation pipes from her tomato greenhouse. These abundant forms activate and map architectural features in site specific installations.

Last year, she was included in the Sculpture on the Gulf exhibition, and made a ink drawing installation Wave of your breathe at Tauranga Gallery. Kang developed an interactive installation Knot Touch for children and disabled people at the New Zealand Maritime museum. She started this year A small step take a big world at Papakura gallery. Currently, she is working on a commission for the public sculpture in Auckland and preparing for Sculpture on the Gulf 2019.

She received a Bachelor of Fine Art (First Class Honors) in Korea (1985), a Bachelor of Creative art at MIT(First Class Honors) in Auckland (2014), and competed Postgraduate Diploma at Elam school of Fine art, University of Auckland (2017).  


This work is a physical exploration of energetic and spatial mark making of scribble drawing in the context of the landscapeof the Canberra lakeside, the land, the lake and the sky, which creates complex relations between lines, space and human’s occupation. As a site specific work, this rhythmical, spontaneous and dynamic characteristics are resonated with the configuration of the central Canberra landscape. The irrigation pipes and tubes become a lively scribble drawing on horizon at distance and a curious tactile world up close. 

From the distance, the work's visual engagement guides the viewer's eyes between the land and the sky, and they may digest the impressive visual of the work. Up close, the viewers can touch and walk around between the work's undulant lines, discover its complexity and tactile secondary tubes and experience the nature of rhythmical line drawing in the space.  

The title Whimori is a name of a cheerful rhythm in Korean that agrees with dynamic rolling lines of the work. 

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