A solo exhibition, entitled “Double Welcome: Most Everyone’s Mad Here,” has made its way to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts after showing at the Taubman Museum in Roanoke, VA and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, SC. The contemporary artist, Jiha Moon, is celebrated for exploring the versatile nature of global identity and playing with different cultural boundaries worldwide. She obliterates the lines between Eastern and Western iconography by integrating emojis, social media logos, and Angry Birds alongside traditional Asian tigers, dragons, and gods, harmoniously melding the cultures together.
The gallery includes more than 50 works on paper and ceramics. Each artwork tells a story of folklore, pop culture, technology, and ethnicity. Moon leaves room for interpretation, however; symbiosis among these themes is very present in her work rather than a dissonance.
If you are interested in seeing Jiha Moon’s pieces for yourself, “Double Welcome: Most Everyone’s Mad Here” will be running at the KIA through March 6. It raises questions that undoubtedly appeal to the liberal arts K College student, and perhaps especially Art majors and Anthropology/Sociology majors. Beyond this exquisite exhibition, the KIA is recognizing two more exhibitions this winter along with their permanent galleries. Additionally, are you a senior, an eligible alcoholic beverage consumer, and an aspiring artist? The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is putting on Kalamadoodle with Bell’s Brewing today, January 20, from 6-8pm. Let the combination of quality art and beer move you!