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Donna Chung

Vertical Lady

February 23 - March 30, 2024

Opening Reception : February 23, 2024 6-8 pm

Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery is pleased to present a new solo show of works by Donna Chung, her fifth with the gallery. Titled Vertical Lady, the show will feature wall-hung sculptural works. These collections are woven together, encased in resin, or arranged into patterns and hung from trestles. The show will be on view in the front gallery from February 23 through March 30, 2024.

Chung synthesizes disparate elements – collected printed ephemera, elements of jewelry, ceramic shards and glass fragments – into new depositories of information. Looking to books as physical forms and conceptual inspiration, in some works she casts hardcover books in epoxy resin into clear forms to contain layers of material. The sculptures hold sparkly objects, shiny metals, and glazed tiles, radiating a preciousness that belies a flip side of late-capitalist detritus, which can also be seen as brittle, toxic and grotesque. Taken together, Chung’s works exude an elegance and a self-conscious sentimentality defined by an impulse to find beauty in a complex and often disturbing world.

Donna Chung lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the California College of Arts. Her works have been exhibited in shows at White Columns, Kristen Lorello Gallery, Julie Saul Gallery, Bodega, and 356 Mission Road. Her work has been written about in Artforum, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, among other publications.