Painting Group Show: Hea Sook Yoo, Annabel Osberg, Dong Hyun Chung

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Painting Group Show: Hea Sook Yoo, Annabel Osberg, Dong Hyun Chung
Curated by: Lydia Takeshita

120 Judge John Aiso St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
June 1st, 2012 - June 30th, 2012
Opening: June 3rd, 2012 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

downtown/east la
Wed-Sun 12-5
mixed-media, pop, surrealism, figurative, modern


LA Artcore is pleased to present a three-person group show with artists, Hea-Sook Yoo, Annabel Osberg & Dong Hyun Chung.

The paintings of Southern California artist, Annabel Osberg propose essential questions about the state of postmodern reality seen through a dystopian lens that finds its characters spiritually deserted, technologically co-opted and physically remote.

Osberg's renderings begin where society's 'fabric' has effectively failed, leaving in its wake a vacuum of anarchic activity casting its figures into a dysfunctional, lawless, yet paradoxically monitored environment.

These events set the stage - by way of domestic scenes, portraits and landscapes - for what becomes an investigation into the boundaries of 21st-century isolation, privacy, human relationships and alienation. In the work, Egospheres (2010), Osberg incisively explores this complex paradigm positioning three figures shoulder to shoulder in the immediate foreground where a desert looming in the background of the paintings left side, ends into a central figure, charging the rest of the picture's sparse atmosphere with questions about the nature of reality, illusion and perspective. The figures confront the viewer with faces that have been replaced by window-like discs, each one fractioned into a pie-chart projecting several different landscapes, as if each figure's head were a television and their interior parts comprised of alternate and mechanical realities.

Osberg received her MFA from Boston University. Her work can be seen at:


Though the abstract works on canvas by Los Angeles artist, Hea-Sook Yoo are a site of a an active dialogue between an artist and her work, they ultimately reveal insights about memory and time that are uniquely human. Yoo's works are an exploration of one's own nature as it unveils its abstract form in a combine of rough-hewn shapes that speak of interrelationships through formal means as much as they speak about the logic of the medium itself.

Yoo paints shapes of subtly modulated color painted within boundaries whose edges exist in varying states of collusion, transfer and redefinition. In other words, Yoo's project is activated by the questioning of the elements within its own changing place and role in time.

Yoo's emphasis on color as light, calls to mind our own experience or memory detailing a persistent clarification of her instinctive responses to the process that in turn, reveal a body of work that has achieved independence as an object, yet whose borders remain fluid.

Yoo trained at Korea's Hong-Ik University and the Academie Des Beaux-Arts in Chevalier, France.

Emotion is the subject of the paintings of Dong Hyun Chung yet the principles of her work lay within the pigmented sheets of mulberry paper, whose rectangular shapes are glued across panels and layered atop one another. Their spectrum of colors - surprising in their intense saturation - are slowly revealed in Chung's sanding through. At play in Chung's process are dynamics of surprise and expectation which are interdependent elements at the crux of her work. Her sanding and scraping through reveal not only something about herself, but about that which is uncontrollable, sensual and free.

In her most recent body of work entitled the Water Series, Chung's main inspiration and aspiration is the flowing of water; a symbol of timelessness without a beginning or end for which she attributes into the marks inscribed across her panels. Chung is no stranger to this particular type of ease of movement, as it was earlier in her career that, after searching for a solution upon dissatisfaction with Western oil painting methods, she discovered in Korean mulberry paper - a material widely used in traditional Korean wallpaper, windowpanes and  doors - a new possible way to realize a similar layering process. What Chung didn't realize at the time was that she had created an inadvertent thread between nature, modern aesthetic forms, personal exploration and her ethnic heritage.

Chung studied art at Seoul National University and illustration at Art Center College of Design.