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Braun-Falco Gallery is pleased to present the second German solo show by Debbie Han.

Debbie Han has been exploring over the past decade the interaction of individual experiences with social relationships in contemporary culture through her diverse work that ranges from sculpture, photography, to painting. Fueled by her deep interest in the issues of how human experiences are shaped and defined in contemporary multi-cultural societies, Han has continued to experiment with a wide range of methodologies to create art that possesses visual power and conceptual strength. In her new body of painting, the multimedia artist created paintings showing a matrix of faces with myriad expressions embodying the individual experience of living through the vicissitudes of life.

In the series titled "Now," Han painted her emotional status day by day over a monthly period on a single canvas by squeezing the paint tube directly onto the canvas, allowing a quick, spontaneous gesture to depict her mood each day in an iconographic way. The accumulated mass of different facial expressions simultaneously captured a personal history of the moments in time as well as archetypal human expressions as a whole.

On the other hand, the "Days of Life" series depicts panoramic masses of faces with diverse expressions rendered in white, red and other colors, all having incorporated aspects of figuration and abstraction symbolically to express the interconnectedness of people's lives. They reflect in essence the symbiotic relationship between the individual and modern society. Adopting the iconic symbolism of "emoticons" from contemporary virtual culture, these faces become eerie phantoms evoking primal human states. Their intricate, web-like relationship implies at the same time the connection between the micro and macro world of people and society. They ultimately address human emotions as the converging experience of human life at its core within the seeming complexities of contemporary societies.

Debbie Han grew up in Los Angeles and received her B.A. in art from University of California, Los Angeles and M.F.A. from Pratt Institute in New York. Her work has been shown internationally, including fifteen solo exhibitions in USA, Korea, China, Germany, and Spain. Han also participated in over ninety group exhibitions in the USA, Asia, and Europe and had received several awards such as The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, in 2007, and The Sovereign Foundation Asian Art Prize, Hong Kong, in 2009. Debbie Han lives and works in New York and Los Angeles.

The New York Time recently reviewed on Debbie Han’s participation at „Conversation on female identity“


07.06.2016 - 29.07.2016

Braun-Falco Galerie   |   Nymphenburger Str. 22   |   80335 München   |   T 089-57949774-1   |   info@braunfalco.com



Days of Life III, 2016

Acrylic on canvas, 102x76.2 cm

Debbie Han   -   Days of Life