Two Sides of the City Seen in Photographs

Posted: June 27, 2013 at 1:46 pm, Last Updated: July 1, 2013 at 6:56 am

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By Frances Womble

Ji Kang's "The Passage of Time"

Ji Kang’s “The Passage of Time”

For the next month, Founders Art Gallery on George Mason University’s Arlington Campus will house an 18-piece exhibit of photographs highlighting unexpected views of Washington, D.C.

“The City: One Side and the Other” features work by local artist Esther Hidalgo and Mason’s Ji Kang, a web designer and programmer in Creative Services.  Each artist selected nine of their photographs for the exhibit in Founder’s Hall.

“I focused on movement, like changing traffic signals and the flow of people in and out of buildings,” says Kang, who has been practicing commercial photography for nearly a decade.  “I usually shoot from point A to point B, so this was a very different experience.  It gave me a lot to think about.”

Hidalgo’s photographs focus on urban development and decay, with an emphasis on change over time.

Esther Hidalgo's "Untitled"

Esther Hidalgo’s “Untitled”

“Our styles are so different,” says Kang.  “When we hung our photographs in the gallery and saw each other’s work, it was so contrasting.  In this show, her photographs are all black and white, while mine are all in color.  We each show different angles of the city.”

The exhibit is sponsored by the Korean Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., and is curated by EJ Lee, development researcher and data analyst in the Office of University Development, and Jammie Chang, academic program coordinator in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

“It is an honest observation of the city where we live and work and provided an opportunity for the viewers to rediscover the beauty and diversity of Washington, D.C.,” says Lee.

A reception will be held in the gallery on Friday, June 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Kang and Hidalgo.  The exhibit will remain on display until Saturday, July 27.

For more information, see the website.

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