Jean Shin
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Unraveling, 2006-09

Yarn of sweaters collected from the Asian American art community

Dimensions variable

Installation at Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., 2009

Commissioned by Asia Society and Museum, New York for exhibition One Way or Another, Asian American Art Now

Traveled to Blaffer Art Gallery at University of Houston, TX, Berkeley Art Museum, CA, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles and Honolulu Academy of Arts, Hawaii

A site-specific installation, Unraveling visualizes the web of interrelationships among members of the Asian American arts community. The artist unravels sweaters that have been donated by individuals in each exhibition city and then reassembles the brightly colored yarns into a dynamic installation that maps this dense social network. The name of each participant is silkscreened onto a label that is sewn onto the edge of the owner’s deconstructed sweater.

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