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Common Threads

On April 13th, artist Jean Shin, her assistants, and staff at the Smithsonian American Art Museum will begin installing the exhibition “Jean Shin: Common Threads,” which will be on view from May 1 through July 26, 2009 in Washington, D.C.

The installation of this show promises to be compelling. Shin meticulously dismantles and alters materials from consumer society---from worn shoes and lost socks to broken umbrellas, discarded lottery tickets, and dusty trophies---to create evocative sculptural installations. The resulting assemblages consist of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of seemingly identical objects culled from the remnants of daily life

Collaboration is an integral part of the artist’s process, and many of Jean's recent projects emerge from a close dialogue with the organizing venue and surrounding population. As a result, her installations often function as collective portraits capturing the identity of a specific community.

During the installation process, we'll be photographing Jean's process and posting the images here. We'll document the assemblages as pill bottles, lottery tickets, sweaters, ties and trophies take on their new forms. Additionally, we'll also have group discussions about Jean's work and the ideas that feed her process. As an extension of her collaborative process, you can contribute your stories and photos to the group, building upon the cultural document fostered by the exhibition.

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  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images, Art, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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