Cha Jong Rye: Sculptural Landscapes will open Friday, September 6 and run through Saturday, October 26, featuring Rye’s newest work and announcing her exclusive U.S. representation by Long-Sharp Gallery. An accomplished sculptor of more than 20 years, Rye has reached international prominence for her large, abstract carvings which will be featured in the new exhibit.
Born and based in South Korea, this is Rye’s first solo exhibit in the Midwest as well as her first in the United States in seven years. With wood as her chosen medium, Rye crafts intricate landscapes through carving, sanding and layering hundreds of delicate wood boards. The process is “intentionally unintentional” as she allows herself to discover images in the fluidity of arranging and rearranging the hand-shaped blocks rather than sticking to a set design plan.
The result is a three-dimensional canvas of richly textured peaks and valleys where light and shadows transform birchwood and cedar into rippling landscapes. Sculptural Landscapes will feature many of Rye’s “Expose Exposed” pieces from 2012-2016 as well as ten new works in her signature style.
Rye and two of her associates will travel from Seoul, South Korea for the exhibit’s opening and will be the guests of Conrad Indianapolis. A special artist reception will take place at the Long-Sharp Gallery on September 6 from 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Sculptural Landscapes is the most recent exhibit in the Long-Sharp Gallery and Conrad Indianapolis’ “Art Stays Here” program, which features an ongoing rotation of fine art displays throughout the gallery and hotel lobby.
The hotel and gallery feature works from some of the best-known names in modern and contemporary art – including Picasso, Warhol, Haring, Frankenthaler and more – in addition to other nationally and internationally known contemporary artists.
Conrad Indianapolis guests can further immerse themselves into the world of art with a stay in the hotel’s Collection Suites. These one-of-a-kind curated suites feature original works inspired by the Pop, Modern, Surrealist and Contemporary art movements.