Stephan Stoyanov Gallery is proud to present A time to late, a time too early, an exhibition of ambitious video works by Jaye Rhee. The title of the exhibition refers to John Paul Sartre's notion that "Three o'clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do." Rhee's artwork relates to this indeterminacy of time, and her drive to make art comes from related tensions between language and image, and their tendency, like time itself, to cancel each other out. What remains after language and image is the desire, in Rhee's own words, "to see what you believe, what you want to see."
A time too late, a time too early includes four video projects produced between 2002 and 2009. In addition to Rhee's interest in time and desire, the works on view address cultural authenticity without reference to otherness, and incorporate the materiality of craft into performative acts. Seasaw (2002) is an exercise in constructing a landscape that synthesizes craft and technology, guided by Rhee's own movements. Swan, Polar Bear, and, Niagara (2007-2008) is a series of videos that explores the otherworldly experience of Korean bathhouses that are thematically identified with fantastic locations like Swan Lake, the North Pole, and Niagara Falls. Mediterranean (2009) involves constructing and deconstructing a collection of cultural references associated with the Mediterreanean. The exhibition's centerpiece, Tear (2002), breaks everything down with one simple but aggressive gesture. In all of the works, you can see what you want to see.
A time too late, a time too early is guest curated by Sara Reisman. On Sunday, November 13, 2010, 5-7pm, Stephan Stoyanov Gallery will host the New York launch of a monograph of Jaye Rhee's artwork published by Specter Press.