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Tree Rings: A solo show by Yoon Chung Han at UCSB

Location: Gallery 479, building 479, UCSB
Date: Monday, January 30th – Friday, February, 3rd 2012 10:00am – 5:00pm


Opening Reception: Monday, January 30th 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Light refreshments and wine will be served.


“Tree Rings” explores sound’s organic essence by visualizing it’s time dimension as a spiral series of tree rings, modulated by urban soundscape transcribed to waveforms. This piece highlights the natural harmonic beauty of sound – when used outdoors, the sounds of our renovated urban cityscape can be used to regenerate a relic of the natural landscape that was destroyed so that it could exist. By showing our individual and societal voices and sounds in tree ring form, we stay true to the spirit of the rings, preserving the imagery for a more modern age.


“Tree rings” contain real trees’ narratives – their history, time and space in spiral timeline shapes. Trees provide beauty and inspiration, they help free oxygen to keep us breathing, yet we destroy them for our benefit regularly, using their body parts for housing, cardboard, even for temporary data storage needs. Trees invented the first ‘ring memory’, many thousands of years before humans discovered electricity.


In this exhibition, a tree trunk built from stacks of sound tree rings is situated, and audience can explore the diverse stories and sounds by touching the top tree ring of the tree trunk. Along with the interactive installation, there are certain captured moments of tree rings etched on the wood and printed on the paper.

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