Jean Shin: Common Threads

May 1, 2009 – July 26, 2009

Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC

3rd Floor, North Floor Plan

Jean Shin employs a meticulous process of dismantling, altering, and reconstructing discarded and worn materials -- such as old shoes, lost socks, lottery tickets, and broken umbrellas -- to create textural installations that give new form to life's leftovers. Some of her most compelling projects to date incorporate clothing and found objects from friends, relatives, colleagues, and the local community; this collaboration is an integral part of her process. On view are six of her recent "site-responsive" sculptures and installations and one new installation -- Everyday Monuments, in which the artist used donated old trophies -- that engage both the Smithsonian and Washington-area communities.