ah kong --glare--

Rae-Yen Song

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About the edition

“A glimpse of an alternate dimension, shaped according to the ancestral logics and imagined futures of Song’s family. Artworks are covered in symbolic details, patterns, coded pictorial language and untranslatable knowledge that hint at the multiplicitous stories which collectively form this surreal space. There are worlds within worlds here, bodies within bodies, faces within faces.” Excerpt from exhibition introduction by Eoin Dara, Head of Exhibitions

Rae-Yen Song created three print editions in tandem with the development of the exhibition ▷▥◉▻ at DCA. A fluid, creative dialogue throughout the production of this body of work enabled sculptural elements for the exhibition to become integrated into experimental processes in DCA Print Studio and, inversely, layers from the print development such as deep-etched copper plates, or intricately cut inky woodblocks, to ultimately merge into the gallery environment. The resulting three editions are closely interconnected but diverse.

ah kong --glare--, is, in turn, an artefact born of the process of making ah kong --ghost-- within the studio, containing motifs that are reimagined and reincorporated into this shifting print composition and story. The reflective surface of the holographic vinyl recalls aspects of the central mirrored acrylic installation in the gallery, at once reflective and transparent; greeting the viewer with multiple planes and perspectives floating alongside the characters on the surface, to be read and re-read as they merge, appear and disappear.

Year 2022
Edition of 30
Media Screenprint with additions of embossing powders and holographic vinyl on Somerset Satin 300gsm paper 
Dimensions 38 x 29cm (Image size 30.1 x 21.6cm) 
Signature Stamped with artist's signature, using a laser-cut rubber stamp designed by artist. 

About Rae-Yen Song

Rae-Yen Song (b. 1993, Edinburgh) is an artist living and working in Glasgow. Song studied at Glasgow School of Art, and works across sculpture, drawing, installation, video, sound, costume, family collaboration and performative actions in public.

Selected projects include: a LUX Scotland moving image commission for BBC Scotland (2021); Dislocations, Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow (2021); Fabric of Society (Glasgow International, 2021); songdynasty.life (Edinburgh Art Festival, 2020); ✵may-may songuu✵, CFCCA, Manchester, 2020; Survey, Jerwood Space, London, 2018; Platform, City Art Centre, Edinburgh, 2018; Human Rights Arts Festival, JDA Perera Gallery, Colombo (2017). Recent residencies include with Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh (2019-21); Hospitalfield, Arbroath (2019); Sura Madura, Sri Lanka (2017).

Song is also the co-founder of the collaborative projects YAKA Collective and Jarsdell Solutions Ltd.

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