POLLINATION: Overlappings in Time and in Place
Gallery Korea of the Korean Cultural Service NY, 460 Park Ave @57th St, NY, NY
September 11 - October 25, 2013
Opening Reception: September 11th, 6-8pm
The Korean Cultural Service of NY is proud to present the first exhibition of Fall/Winter 2013. A group of Korean, Korean-American and American artists come together to present their recent works expressing what is most crucial to them today.
The story begins with an interpretation from Confucius' words regarding moderation, the Mean and relevant timing.
A fusion of work by contemporary artists chosen for their diverse and overlapping personal histories, vision and approaches to art making come together to create a great amount of synergy. Originating in distant geographical locations and cultures, their work intersects: West and East; New York and Seoul; Gwangju, Damyang and Kingston.
By exploring what is most crucial to each artists practice and viewing this work both as individual statements and as part of a larger collective language, new forms emerge. These are defined simultaneously by distinct contrasts and shared concerns. All participants, to varying degrees, are crossing through boundaries.
Art fills the space with the high contrast of natural and synthetic materials, vibrant hues and muted tones. Traditional and experimental mediums collide and come together. Korean painting maintains its rich traditional use of materials while moving into a shared contemporary vision and context. Two Korean photographers and a sculptor form upstate New York embrace the nature surrounding them. Farming installation, social sculpture changing in time, paintings with food and parachuting young girls are only the beginning of what you will see.
The participating artists in “Pollination: Overlappings in Time and in Place” are: Jae Yong Chun, Kira Nam Greene, Roman M. Hrab, Kyung Jeon, Sun Doo Kim, Young Tae Kim, Hein Koh, Gyu Chae La, Jongil Ma, Lee Puckett, George Raggett, Juju U, and Elizabeth Winton.
Kyung Jeon | Eemyun Kang
Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea
August 23 - September 23, 2012
Opening Reception: August 23, 5pm
Two-person Exhibition of Kyung Jeon | Eemyun Kang
Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea
August 23 - September 23, 2012
Opening Reception: August 23, 5pm
Kukje Gallery is pleased to announce a two-person exhibition of Kyung Jeon and Eemyun Kang. Known for their unique idiosyncratic approach to painting, the artists are widely celebrated for playing with symbolic vocabularies and formal approaches to painting. Jeon and Kang will both exhibit new works made specifically for the exhibition.
Based in the US, Kyung Jeon work is founded on the artist's keen interest in creating psychological narratives, many of which directly reference her experiences growing up as a first generation Korean American.
Eemyung Kang lives and works in London. Receiving attention since her studies at The Royal Academy of Arts, London, Kang has developed a recognizable style that explores core themes of nature and the myth of metamorphosis.
Kyung Jeon (b. 1975) work draws on influences as diverse as children's fairy tales, traditional Korean genre paintings, and modern canonical paintings. Her playful and often dark stories are based on a combination of personal and historical references that upturn static themes of childhood and innocence. Known for her subtle application of traditional and contemporary painting styles, Jeon paints on rice paper mounted to canvas. Exploiting the rice paper's traditional reference to Korean folk painting alongside her own funny and uncanny themes the artist is able to explore the intersection of past and present.
Jeon's paintings are immediately inviting, presenting a light-hearted and innocent world depicted in pastel-toned images of semi-nude girls and cheeky little boys. However, upon closer look, the works reveal an alternate reality brimming with acts of violence and earthly pleasures. The artist is adept at weaving these dark and light themes together in dynamic compositions that draw the viewer in and allow them to reconsider their own nostalgic reality. For her exhibition at Kukje, Jeon will exhibit a new series of mural-sized works titled Waterlilies. Her Waterlilies capture an arcadian world inspired by Claude Monet's seminal series Water Lilies. The gentle setting is framed as a paradisical microcosm for children only to slowly betray its more sinister identity as a place for wickedness, from swimming and playing to spying and drowning. Numerous disparate stories are presented together in a complex web that has no beginning or end. The works in this new series engage the artist's on-going exploration of storytelling by a means of filling-in, reinventing, and re-sorting gaps in history.
Kyung Jeon was born in 1975 in Jersey City, New Jersey. She studied art and philosophy in Boston College and received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, NY. Jeon is the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2009) and was the Associate Artist in Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, funded by the Joan Mitchell Foundation (2009). She has held numerous solo exhibitions including Savannah College of Art and Design, and participated in group exhibitions in museums and galleries in Asia, U.S.A., Europe and South America, including Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul. Jeon lives and works in NYC.
Eemyun Kang's exquisite paintings depict her fascination with nature and the process of morphology. Ably translating organic forms into lush abstractions, Kang creates complex worlds marked by energetic and fluid brush strokes.
For the exhibition at Kukje Gallery, Kang takes the changing seasons as a central motif. In addition she has combined a disparate group of literary sources as inspiration including Alaskan Inuit myths, a poem A year of thinking / thinking of a year by artist and writer Fabien Peak, written in response to and inspired by Kang's paintings, and the Biblical story of Jonah and the whale. These three sources form the basis for the narratives contained in Kang's new paintings.
The artist defines myth as a tool for understanding nature and events in the real world. For Kang, "Myth is a tool that operates through the creative imagination. Myth as traditional tales, legends and folklores are also linked with use of myth in my paintings as a starting point for creating a narrative of events."
The ideas behind these stories are not illustrated figuratively or in a linear narrative but are intended to be read by the viewer intuitively. The stories allude to simple pictorial references including whales, fungi, snow, wind, moon, forests and valleys. These elements shift and combine, allowing for transformation to take place on a metaphorical level and formally in complex layers of paint on canvas.
Alternating between abstract and figurative registrars, Kang creates imagined hybrid worlds or mystic landscapes. In Kang's paintings, the paint and canvas constitute transformative elements that mediate between subject and object, subconsciousness and consciousness, abstraction and figuration. Kang is also known to leave the canvas appear unfinished, a decision that activates the canvas and mirrors nature's infinite process of change and transformation.
Eemyun Kang was born in 1981 in Busan, Korea. She obtained her BA from The Slade School of Fine Art and completed her postgraduate studies at The Royal Academy of Arts, where she was awarded the school's prestigious Gold Medal upon graduation in 2009. She has also received her doctorate degree from University of East London. Kang's work has been exhibited widely in the UK as well as internationally, including group shows at the Seoul Arts Center, and the Korean Culture Center in London. She has a solo exhibition forthcoming in 2012 at the Trondheim Museum of Art, Norway. Eemyun Kang currently lives and works in London.
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2010 PRESS RELEASE
Tina Kim Gallery is pleased to present Kyung Jeon: Belle Rascal. For her second solo exhibition with the gallery, Jeon has chosen an approach that evokes her process - exhibiting a selection of small works, preparatory drawings, and pages from her sketchbook alongside two fully-realized large-scale paintings.
Drawing influences from such disparate sources as children's fairytales, traditional Korean genre painting, and the eccentric worlds of Henry Darger and Hieronymus Bosch, Jeon's works explore in-depth issues of portraiture and narrative. The mural-sized Little Persons, Big Steps and A Weeping Willow (both 2009) offer sweeping vistas of seemingly fantastical lands. Elaborately-rendered, these locales are inhabited by diminutive characters, deliberately simplified to function as archetypes of male or female, adult or child, who play out various scenarios in a full spectrum of emotion. Allegorical microcosms in-and-of themselves, these works are balanced by Jeon's smaller paintings and drawings which focus more intently on individual characters and themes.
Kyung Jeon was born in 1975 in Jersey City, New Jersey, and received her MFA in 2005 from the School of Visual Arts, NY. The recipient of the Scope Emerging Art Grant (2005), and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Fellowship (2003), Jeon was most recently awarded a grant from the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation (2009). Her work has been included in exhibitions in museums and galleries in Asia, South America, Europe and the United States, including the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul and the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Jeon lives and works in New York City.
A catalog is available in conjunction with this exhibition. Tina Kim Gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 716-1100.
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