In from South Korea and Out in Indianapolis

Cha Jong Rye: Sculptural Landscapes opened in our Indianapolis gallery September 6, 2019. Ms. Cha flew in from South Korea for this exhibit, her first solo exhibition in the Midwest. We formally announced our exclusive US representation of Ms. Cha a few weeks before the exhibit.

Her short stay in Indianapolis was jam packed but she did take time to visit the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Her works attracted jaw-dropping curiosity and much attention. Her first interview in Indianapolis was also Ms. Cha’s first ever radio interview. WFYI’s Jill Ditmire met with Cha Jong Rye and her translator, Steven Choi, at the WFYI studios in downtown Indianapolis. This interview aired September 11th at four separate times: 6:45am, 7:45am, 4:45pm, and 5:45pm, listen to the interview here. To see more from art enthusiast Jill Ditmire and learn about her art adventures in and around Indianapolis, check out her Twitter.

As many of our patrons may already know, we curate the art for Conrad Indianapolis as a part of “Art Stays Here” at the hotel. This comprehensive art program includes rotating lobby exhibits (the lobby currently boasts an exhibit focused on Andy Warhol), permanent exhibition space on the hotel’s second floor for Indiana-based artists (Jason Myers, Amy Kirchner, Dale Enochs, Tamar Kander, Constance Edwards Scopelitis, and Mary Pat Wallen), and a team of trained Art Ambassadors. The Art Ambassadors are educated on the works in the hotel as well as the exhibits that rotate through gallery. Ms. Cha met with Art Ambassadors in Long-Sharp Gallery before her exhibit opened and, with the help of her translator, answered questions about her artwork so that the Ambassadors could pass along information to hotel guests. Art Stays Here transforms Conrad Indianapolis from a place to rendezvous into a home-base where you can discover fine art immersed in a 5-star experience. Conrad Magazine, the international magazine for Conrad of Hilton Hotels, put a spotlight on Ms. Cha’s exhibit in their Inspired Design, Culture and Innovation Feature. To read the full article, click here.

In the same way we are inspired by Ms. Cha’s works, she is inspired by nature and the energy she finds in its movement. This week, she took a moment to share with Muse.TV nine of these inspirations, including the flow and movement of lava, connected mountain ranges, and newly sprouted shoots, among others. Read about her Nine Inspirations, and thank you to Muse.TV for sharing this with all of us!

Cha Jong Rye’s work will also be featured in the Global Colour, Material, Finish Forecast for the Autumn/WInter 2020/2021 issue of ColourHive. See a preview here, and go to ColourHive to see Issue 55 | AW 2020/2021 Part Two as a whole.

Additionally, while Ms. Cha was in Indianapolis, we also scheduled some behind-the-scenes filming with the amazing Brandon Walsh. A few sneak-peek photos are available below, but stay tuned for the full film. If you would like to ensure you get notice of Ms. Cha’s documentary film debut, let us know.

In the mean time, take a look at Cha Jong Rye’s works currently listed on our website! For examples of Ms. Cha's work featured in her solo exhibition, click here for a re-cap of the exhibit on Artsy, or contact us for a comprehensive e-catalogue.