Continuing to explore the implications of historical and contemporary Korean art, Mindy Solomon Gallery presents FOCUS KOREA, an introduction to tone and texture. A collection of new ceramic works and paintings by top Korean artists on the world market today appears in the exhibition, including: Kang Hyo Lee, Minkyu Lee, Sung-Jae Choi, Ree Soo-Jong, HunChung Lee, Wookjae Maeng, and Sungyee Kim. An Opening Reception will be held Thursday, December 19th, from 6:00-9:00pm. Gramps Bar will sponsor a Korean spirits tasting at the gallery during the Opening.
Kang Hyo Lee, widely regarded as one of the finest Korean potters working today, presents contemplative abstract minimalism through traditional puncheong vessels, with creamy liquid surfaces andÂ elegant sculptural forms. Minkyu LeeÂ is a ceramic sculptor who focuses on defining the negative space in his works, encouraging contemplation from the viewer. Sung-Jae ChoiÂ makes vessels in the Korean tradition of buncheong ware (late 14th to late 16th century),Â and his works are a powerful contemporary evocation of Korean aesthetics.Â Ree Soo-JongÂ says of his pots, â€œMy work happens through manual kneading of soil, showing its natural, rawÂ aspects and calling for viewers’ instant reflections on the work. Through the unification of soil and self, I intend to reach a primitiveÂ essence.â€Â Regarding his ceramics,Â HunChung LeeÂ states: “Travel is both the source and purpose of my work. Usually I travel into the past space and time of human beings throughÂ my eyes, heart, and work.â€Â Having been brought up in urban South Korea,Â Wookjae MaengÂ has had profound experiences with wildlife during his stays in North America.Â The theme of his sculptural work is to represent the complex, ambiguous, and uncomfortableÂ relationship between man and animal.Â In her densely layered paintings, artistÂ Sungyee KimÂ incorporates the principles of I Ching with the Taoistic pursuit of becoming one with material as in the Transformation of Things, the BuddhistÂ concept of the whole universe within a single dust particle.
Ree Soo-Jong, Bunchung Jar with Iron-Brown Drawing, Buncheong ware, 32 x 32 x 48 cm. /
Minkyu Lee, Hidden Structure Revealed, 2013, Glazed porcelain, multi-fired, 4.5 x 5 x 5 in.
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Mindy Solomon Gallery specializes in contemporary emerging and mid-career artists. Represented works include painting, sculpture, photography, and video in both narrative and non-objective styles. Solomon also exhibits some of the most prestigious contemporary Korean artists on the world market. With an interest in client education, such as a collectorsâ€™ tour to South Korea and regular artistsâ€™ talks and VIP events, the gallery and its programs endeavor to showcase a unique and bold view of the international art world. Deeply interested in the intersection of art and design, Ms. Solomon and her team collaborate with designers, advisors, consultants and curators to inform and integrate fine works of art as part of a greater aesthetic. One of only six galleries in Florida to be included in ‘Top 500 Galleries Worldwide’ in the Louise Blouin Media Modern Painters 2013 Annual Guide, Mindy Solomon Gallery participates in many prestigious art fairs, including Art Miami during Basel’s Art Week Miami Beach, Zona Maco Contemporary Art Fair in Mexico City, VOLTA NY, and Shanghai Contemporary.