Hair On Canvas by Sung Jang

Sung Jang vertebrae 2005
Sung Jang vertebrae 2005
Sung Jang vertebrae 2005
Sung Jang vertebrae 2005
Sung Jang Untitled 2005
Sung Jang Untitled 2005

What may look like the energetic lines of an artist sketching with a pen, is actually the work of Illinois-based artist Sung Jang who uses hair as his medium.

Jang began studying the possibilities of hair as a drawing medium in 2005 and says that hair,

“Posses a peculiar duality: a duality of beauty and waste. It is something beautiful and alive, yet, when detached form the head, it instantly loses its value. It then becomes an insignificant object, nothing more than messy garbage. Creating images with the “fallen” hair, I tried to bring it back to an object of life.
Aside from the symbolism, Hair shows certain qualities as an object. It is a precisely thin line with graceful curves. I am exploring the possibilities of hair as a drawing medium.”

Jang is currently an Adjunct Professor a The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology. View more of his work at sungjang.com.

Sung Jang’s work will be presented at our upcoming gallery show, Dissecting Art, Intersecting Anatomy: Merging Contemporary Art with the Works of Pauline Lariviere, opening March 9th, 2013 in Chicago.

Dissecting Art Intersecting Anatomy curated by Vanessa Ruiz and Phillip Schalekamp March 9 2013 Chicago

1 thought on “Hair On Canvas by Sung Jang”

  1. Although I know the medium is hair, it reminds me of a computerized kind of oscillation pad or graph, seems so perfect yet natural that the medium just makes perfect sense. I’d really like to see these in person, thank for bringing this artist to my attention.

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