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Shay Kun

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Exfoliation s

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Benrimon Contemporary

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Septembe r 25 – October 30\, 2010

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For immediate release

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Benrimon Contemporary is pleased to announce Exfoliatio ns\, Shay Kun’s first solo exhibition with the gallery\, which will fea ture seventeen new paintings by the artist.

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Kun recreates nineteent h-century Hudson River School landscapes and combines them with contemporar y imagery such as military men\, killer whales\, skydivers\, and hot air ba lloons.  These contemporary motifs invade the pristine landscapes creating a socio-political\, cultural\, or environmental dialogue within the works.< /p>\n

The style of painting Kun is most recognized for is Now More Tha n Ever.  Reminiscent of an Albert Bierstadt landscape\, Kun skillfully juxtaposes nature with man-made objects.  An old\, rusted and dilapidated c ar is overtaken by a grassy forefront while deeper into the work a hot air balloon floats on its side in the water.  Humans are noticeably absent from the work yet their presence can still be felt from these objects.  The vie wer may look at the work as a post-apocalyptic\, post-human\, environmental landscape.  Begging the question: Will all that remains after us be the re mnants of what we created?

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Recently\, Kun has been exploring the co ncept of mirrored imagery in his works\, as seen in A Wrinkle in Time.  Here he adeptly paints a mirror image of an idyllic landscape that is i nhabited with deer but interrupted by a gathering of red\, white and blue b alloons in the center of the sky.  The subtle American patriotic reference evokes thoughts of American expansion into the West as well as a broader id ea of American colonialism.

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The name piece for the exhibition\, Exfoliations merges two different landscapes while still incorporating the mirrored picture theme.  The artist incorporates a Thomas Cole-like wat erfall with the interior of a colorful cave that is reflected into a pool o f water.  A boy wearing a white hooded sweatshirt sitting in the forefront and texting on his cell phone seems totally enthralled with his phone\, ign orant of his surroundings.  The work questions the ubiquity of human connec tions and its ramifications.

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Shay Kun is an Israeli-born New York-b ased artist.  He earned his B.F.A. at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem\, and went on to earn his M.F.A. from Goldsmiths College in L ondon\, England.  Notable and upcoming exhibitions include “Animamix\,” The Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum\, China (2009) and “The Law of the Jungle \,” Lehmann Maupin Gallery\, New York (2010).

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Benrimon Contempor ary is located at 514 West 24th Street\, 2nd floor\, New York\, NY 10011 between 10th and 11th Avenues.  O ur hours are Monday to Saturday 10am to 8pm and Sunday 12pm to 6pm.
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For further information or images\, please contact Moll y Sampson at 212.924.2400 or molly@bcontemporary.com.

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