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More Astonishing Murals Made of Buttons, Beads, and Pins

While most artists who create large-scale murals work with paints, brushes, and varied illustrating tools, Brooklyn-based Korean artist Ran Hwang uses buttons, beads, and pins, carefully aligning each component to produce some incredibly ambitious results. The artist recreates images of temples and cherry blossoms, which both echo Asian and Buddhist motifs, by hammering down thousands of pins adorned with tiny embellishments like sequins into wood panels.

We've seen Hwang's meticulous, awe-inspiring installations in the past and are pleased to see that her newer works are equally astonishing. Her sculptural murals exude a refined style accomplished through a strong balance of precision and patience. Each mural is as much a work of art for spectators to marvel at as it is a meditative process for Hwang to experience through repetitive motions, when creating each piece. She explains her artistic method by saying, “The process of building large installations are time consuming and repetitive and it requires manual effort which provides a form of self-meditation. I hammer thousands of pins into a wall like a monk who, facing the wall, practices Zen.”

Hwang will be exhibiting her works with Leila Heller Gallery at Art Southampton from July 26th through the 30th.

Ran Hwang website
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Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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