Korean-born artist Ran Hwang is known for her ingenious use of materials to build up contemporary installations. Using beads, buttons, and pins, she works meticulously to create textural artworks that are stunning from both afar and up close. With her Palace Series, she applies this technique to traditional Korean architecture and the results are astonishing. Hwang was inspired by the five grand palaces of Seoul-Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, Gyeonghuigung, Deoksugung, and Changgyeonggung. By reinterpreting these landmarks, she aims to explore the futility of human desire and its delusions. By placing the pins at different levels, Hwang brings dynamism and perspective to each piece. As the architectural elements of these palaces are elongated and distorted, they play with our expectations. Each feels at once familiar and foreign.