OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, January 22, 2011, 7 - 10pm
PRES CONTACT: Jae Yang | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.art-merge.com
Ahn-Nyung | Hello is an exhibition of 15 multimedia works by four Korean artists exploring the conceptual and visual currents igniting the Korean contemporary art scene today. Curator Jae Yang mines the vanguard of South Korea’s dynamic gallery scene to deliver the American audience an unprecedented survey of works that are as effusive in their naiveté as they are expansive in their aesthetic achievement. As a whole, Ahn-Nyung | Hello uncovers a culture in transition in which memories are mutable, synthesis abuts tradition, and experience is subject to a regimen of creative re-envisioning. Featured artists include Hyung Kwan Kim, Seok Kim, Yeonju Sung, and Jin Young Yu. A companion exhibition, Paperwork, will take place in the gallery’s project space, featuring works on paper by artists Kim Eull, Tae Heon Kim, Kakyoung Lee, and Yong Sin.
In Ahn-Nyung | Hello, the artists utilize a range of media to explore a rapidly changing society, working with either synthetic materials (Hyung Kwan Kim’s plastic tape reliefs and Jin Young Yu’s PVC sculptures)—or organic matter reinterpreted anachronistically (Seok Kim’s wooden robot sculptures) and unexpectedly (Yeonju Sung’s photographs of haute couture designs constructed from a variety of common foodstuffs).
In contrast is Paperwork, the companion exhibition in the gallery’s project space. Where Ahn-Nyung | Hello embraces postmodernity’s fragmented, disparate luster, Paperwork evokes tradition and continuity in its presentation of contemporary work made from Asian art’s most fundamental media—ink and paper. Taken together, Ahn-Nyung | Hello and Paperwork operate in dialogue with one another to offer an engaging and challenging overview of Korean contemporary art.