Contemporary Arts Center Commissioned the Work for Exhibition in Its Grand Salon and Gallery


NASHVILLE, TENN., DECEMBER 28, 2015 – OZ Arts Nashville is pleased to present Hide and Seek, a large-scale work that the groundbreaking contemporary arts center has commissioned visual artist Heeseop Yoon to create. OZ Arts will exhibit Hide and Seek—which consists of a sweeping, site-specific tape drawing installation and a series of small, ink collage drawings—in the vast Grand Salon and visual art gallery of their unique Northwest Nashville venue.

Hide and Seek will be on view February 9 – March 18, 2017. Admission is $12. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays; and 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. OZ Arts is located at 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle in Nashville, Tenn. More information can be found at www.ozartsnashville.org.

Brooklyn-based artist Heeseop Yoon explores obsessive consumerism within the chaos of clutter. Inspired by photographs of everyday objects—jumbled, piled, stacked and often discarded—she creates collages of imagery, then intricately sketches outlines onto transparent mylar, freehand and without erasing. Through repeated application of thin strips of black tape, Yoon traces over the lines of her drawing creating a visual cacophony that grows to overtake the walls, floors and sometimes ceilings of the space in which her work is inhabited. The drawings comprising Hide and Seek range in scale from macro to micro, and depict assemblages of objects from across the globe, including multiple locations in Nashville, from photos taken during Yoon’s site visit in Spring 2016.

Independent, contemporary art curator, Dexter Wimberly, has said, “Yoon’s finished drawings, and her process of making them, encourage the viewer to consider memory, perception and most importantly, space—what it contains, and how it is used.”

Yoon says, “I am very excited to show my work in the unique space of OZ Arts and share my work with the audience in Nashville. I am curious to see what kind of interactions I will have and getting feedback from the people of the city with such a cultural abundance.”

Lauren Snelling, OZ Arts’ Artistic Director, says, “I hope audiences in Nashville will allow themselves the gift of visiting this exhibition multiple times. Only by spending quality time in the installation, will one begin to see a glimpse of themselves within the extraordinary detail of Yoon’s work. Every gaze reveals something new in its intricacy.” 

Yoon was born and raised in Seoul, Korea, and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She has had solo and two-person shows at Triple Candie, March Gallery, and Bose Pacia, all in New York; Arario Gallery in Seoul; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ.

Yoon has exhibited in museums and art centers internationally, including MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin; The Bronx Museum, NY; Seoul Arts Center, Korea; China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), Australia and Media Art Center, Beijing, and has participated in several residencies such as the Lower East Side Printshop, Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation; Skowhegan School of Painting, and Artist Alliance Inc., all NY, and Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen Germany. She recently finished her first public mural installation in Italian Market in Philadelphia.

Yoon holds a BFA from Chung-ang University, Seoul, Korea and an MFA from City College of New York, NY.


About OZ Arts Nashville
Since opening in 2014, OZ Arts Nashville, a 501(c)(3) contemporary arts center, has changed the cultural landscape of the city. Housed in the former C.A.O. cigar warehouse owned by Nashville’s Ozgener family, OZ Arts brings world-class performances and art installations to the city, and gives ambitious local artists opportunities to work on a grand scale. The flexible 10,000 square-foot, column-free venue, nestled amidst five acres of artfully landscaped grounds, is continually reconfigured to serve artists’ imaginations, and to challenge and inspire a diverse range of curious audiences.

OZ Arts, under the artistic leadership of Lauren Snelling, has presented luminaries such as Philip Glass and Tim Fain, Tim Robbins’ The Actors’ Gang, Kyle Abraham and Abraham.In.Motion, Peter Brook’s Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, the Trisha Brown Company, SITI Company/Bang On a Can All-Stars, Kid Koala’s Nufonia Must Fall, Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music: Act II (1806-1836), Kaki King’s The Neck is a Bridge to the Body, and Michelle Dorrance and Dorrance Dance’s ETM: Double Down. OZ Arts serves as a catalyst for local creativity through its TNT (Thursday Night Things) program, which fosters collaborations between Nashville-based artists from varying creative disciplines; and its newest series the Artists’ Lounge, which gives artists opportunities to develop work before a live audience, including fellow artists, in the venue’s intimate lounge space.

OZ Arts Nashville’s 2016-17 season sponsors include Bloomberg Philanthropies, UBS, Advance Financial Foundation, Tennessee Arts Commission and Metro Nashville Arts Commission.



OZ Arts Nashville Media Contacts
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