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The Bowery Gallery presents an exhibition of Yo unghee Choi Martin's "Recent Paintings: Myth of Orpheu s\," on view from December 26\, 2012 through January 26\, 201 3. The opening reception will be held on Thursday\, 5–8 pm\, January 3\, 20 13.

There are over a d ozen paintings ranging in size from mural scale\, Here is the Meadow Wh ere We Started\, (74" x 112") to a more intimate size\, On the Edge of Light\, (12" x 21").Younghee Choi Martin's approaches and methods involve extremes. Some paintings have been labored over for several years\, re-work ing\, adjusting\, scraping\, repainting\, and finally re-inventing the enti re composition. The rigorous creative process results in varied density and unexpected moves within one canvas. Other paintings have been completed wi th ease in a few sessions. Similarly\, many paintings are expressed in full color palette while others are painted nearly in monochrome\, and still ot hers in black and white over a field of a single dominant color. As she dev elops pictorial themes and ideas\, they flow from large canvases to small s ketches and back.

Youn ghee Choi Martin's interpretive vision of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus derives not only from classical sources\, but also from Monteverdi's opera L'Orfeo. She draws a wealth of emotionally charged situations: the joyful preparation for a wedding\, the tragedy of a wife's sudden death\, the insu rmountable challenge to persuade the god of the underworld through music\, the illusion of victory destroyed by a doubting backward glance\, and the i nconsolable grief at the second loss of a loved one. Younghee structures th ese scenes of human vulnerability in painting terms\, creating an expressiv e poetic fullness.

He r pursuit in Fine Arts began as a high school student attending the Brookly n Museum Art School. She went on to study at the Rhode Island School of Des ign\, RISD's Rome program\, and Yale's Summer Program. In the 1980's\, she was awarded painting fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts a nd the NY CAPS program.

For over three decades\, Younghee Choi Martin's works have been exhibite d in New York and throughout the United States\, Korea\, Japan\, France\, a nd Italy\, including 19 one-person shows and 50 group-shows in various gall eries\, museums\, and art fairs. Over 80 paintings and drawings are placed in various collections in the United States\, Korea\, Japan\, and India.

DTEND:20130126 DTSTAMP:20140820T124238 DTSTART:20121226 GEO:40.7494584;-74.0046212 LOCATION:Bowery Gallery\,530 W. 25 St. 4th Floor \nNew York\, NY 10001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Recent Paintings: Myth of Orpheus\, Younghee Choi Martin UID:251740 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130103T200000 DTSTAMP:20140820T124238 DTSTART:20130103T170000 GEO:40.7494584;-74.0046212 LOCATION:Bowery Gallery\,530 W. 25 St. 4th Floor \nNew York\, NY 10001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Recent Paintings: Myth of Orpheus\, Younghee Choi Martin UID:252902 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR