The Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery at Santa Monica College will present Debbie Han: The Eye of Perception, an exhibit of ceramic sculptures and large digital photographs that investigate the concepts of cultural identity, authenticity and perception, beginning Tuesday, Feb. 15 through March 19.
An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 at the Barrett Art Gallery at the SMC Performing Arts Center on Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street. A gallery talk will be given by the artist at noon Wednesday, Feb. 23.
Han, a Korean-American from Los Angeles who studied at SMC, is an award-winning artist whose work has been displayed in dozens of galleries and museums throughout the world.
Her new work aims to explore cultural conceptions and misconceptions of beauty while raising questions about traditional standards of the perception of women from an eastern and western point of view, a gallery spokesman said.
One of the pieces in the exhibit – “The Battle of Conception” – shows how Han portrays the concept of beauty. The work consists of 32 pieces of Venus busts installed on a large table in a chess game format, and the busts have faces featuring random mixes of diverse races and ethnicities.
Han says the heads are made not in traditional sculptural materials but in an ancient Asian ceramic type named Celadon. She took up the challenge of exploring this material in Korea, and the project took seven years to complete.
The exhibition also presents larger sized Venus busts with reconstructed faces in another rare ceramic material named White Porcelain, shimmering with a tinge of blue.
Han also aims to explore the role of perception through the photography series “The Eye of Perception.”
Han’s works have been shown internationally, including 13 solo shows in the United States, Korea, China, Germany, and Spain and in more than 70 group exhibitions throughout the United States, Asia and Europe.
Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Information, (310) 434-3434.