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TO JANUARY 11
Inside the Hemicycle Gallery at the Corcoran, cardboard boxes stamped “30 Dozen Eggs” are scattered about. Sheets and sheets of rice paper that fill the cardboard boxes will become sculptures in some ways more fragile than the boxes’ original contents. For her eponymous installation work, artist Jyung Mee Park (pictured) uses more than 10,000 sheets of rice paper. Each sheet is hand-folded into a pleated fan. The accumulated sheets are then formed into large sculptural works that recall organic forms: a huge nest of spiky plumage, a volcano overflowing with lava like layers of swirling silk skirts, a giant crystal of ice, a blooming desert cactus, a Buddhist lotus lantern. The paper takes the room’s light for its own, as if it were lit from within. A video of the installation process will play throughout the exhibit, allowing viewers to see the final work in the context of how it was created. At the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 17th & New York Ave. NW. Free. (202) 639-1700. (Holly Bass)