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09-07-2012

Clarkson University Professor Bang-Geul Han's Artwork in Large Syracuse Show

Bang-Geul Han, assistant professor of digital arts and sciences at Clarkson University, is among 63 artists selected to show their works in a community-wide, multi-venue exhibition opening next week in Syracuse and running until October 19.

The Everson Museum of Art organized “The Other Side of New York 2012” or TONY: 2012. The exhibit will be on display all around the city, including the Light Work Gallery, where Han's work will be displayed, which will have an opening ceremony on September 13.

Han's photo is featured on the cover of the September/October issue of Central New York Magazine with an article about the event.

“I’m not really sure how that happened,” she says of the cover photo, “but I’m excited about the exhibition. I show all over the world, most recently in New York City, and I can say the level of professionalism in Syracuse is very impressive.”

Han has managed to merge art with high technology, as her two pieces in TONY: 2012 prove. One mural-sized piece she created last year, “Taaz,” shows row after row of tiny pictures of her wearing different hair styles. The second work is a video from 2000, titled “Ten Stages of Using Hair to Forget the First Love.”
 
She received her bachelor’s degree in painting from Seoul National University, Korea, and her master's degree in electronic integrated arts from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred College of Technology.

“I went to art school and majored in painting. I was very traditional at first,” she says. “Then I studied performance art and video. I started noticing computers and technology about 10 years ago so I wanted to know more in-depth programming in order to make art. This is what I teach -- how to make your own tools and art, and to how to make tools for other artists to use.”

Her approach and philosophy are evident in “Taaz.” She used software intended for virtual makeovers, so women could see how they would look in another hair color or style, etc. After four months, she had made 1,200 various images of herself. Then she adapted another software program that makes computer wallpaper, resulting in one wall-sized image.

“I embrace technology but twist it a little to make it more interesting,” she adds. “I’m still kind of navigating the technology because new stuff comes out every six months. I think you can still see the influence of my fine art background, though.”

This fall is a busy time for Han. In addition to having her work in the TONY: 2012 showings, she will be presenting at a conference about the arts and technology in October in New York City, as well as showing her work in a Montreal gallery.

She’s also designing an interactive installation for the documentary project "American Promise." The installation will premiere at the acclaimed Sundance Film Festival and will travel to multiple venues afterward.

Han joined the faculty at Clarkson in 2009, teaching drawing, interactive art and game design.

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[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/taaz.jpg .]

Photo caption: Above, "Taaz," a work by Clarkson University Assistant Professor of Digital Arts & Sciences Bang-Geul Han, will be featured in “The Other Side of New York 2012” or TONY: 2012, a community-wide, multi-venue exhibition opening next week in Syracuse and running until October 19.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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