Sophie Jung

Sophie Jung

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CalArts Campus


Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series

“I want people to take the sculptures seriously. If it weren’t for the sculptures the performance wouldn’t be there, as I don’t write without having props to write for. My reading connects all these interlinking stories. I can look at an object and see an abundance of things: the material, use, colour, history, rhymes, metaphors. I can’t use all of that in my texts. I want people to look at the sculptures and be enticed to go through a similar process to me.”

Sophie Jung (b.1982) lives and works in Basel and London. Using words, gestures and found(ed) objects, her practice addresses the politics of representation, both culturally as a system of disguised and shifting signs and personally as a way to track and record life. She has a deep trust in temporary definitions, to be sculpted while lazing on the apron-proscenium, the pre-stage, as a fluid messenger between reception and production of time-lined purport.

She received her BFA from the Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (2011) and her MFA from Goldsmiths, London (2015). In 2015 Jung spent 6 months in New York at ISCP, courtesy of the Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg. She won the Swiss Art Award in 2016 and the Manor Art Award in 2018. Recent projects and exhibitions include Äppärät at Ballroom Marfa, Paramount VS Tantamount at Kunsthalle Basel, Tarantallegra at Hester, NY as well as Unmittelbare Konsequenzen at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen. Recent Solo exhibitions include: The Bigger Sleep, Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel (2018), Come Fresh Hell or Fresh High Water, Blain Southern, London, UK (2018); It’s Not What It Looks Like, Sophie Tappeiner, Vienna, AT (2018); and Producing My Credentials at Kunstraum, London (2017). She is currently working on Dramatis Personae, a script for 6 actors, to be premiered on the 16th of February at Joan LA  as well as on The Day Teaches The Day, a year-long text intervention for the Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich.