May 3, 2008 – June 13, 2008
Artists' Reception: Saturday, May 3rd; 6:00 – 9:00 pm
98ten Fine Art is proud to present Little Light, a three-person exhibition of new paintings by two Los Angeles-based artists Richard Bruland, and Kyoungha Yoo, with recent drawings and installation by Orange County-based artist Josh Friedman whose works will be presented in collaboration with students at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School. One of many definitions of light references to weight or mass of something, or “of small amount, force, intensity…” Both Yoo and Bruland explore different versions of the subject to arrive at a light-filled abstract landscape through methods of examining space, real or imagined, and spiritual and physical dimensionality. Yoo’s work employs delicate architectural lines in ink, Eastern motifs, patterns, and mixed medium, including glow-in-the dark paints and recycled shells. In Recycled Program, Yoo draws out a starry-light whimsy with reflective shells in a shape of circles bubbling upwards as if they were rising from a dark abyss. The background is painted in thick layers of acrylic with subtle gradation of intense colours ranging from black to red, dark to light. In contrast, Bruland’s process is brute, physical, and powerful that includes sanding, texturing, pounding, and multiple layering of paint to deliver, nonetheless, a faint overture of iridescent and shimmering light. He seldom uses a paint brush yet achieves an elegantly sparse and painterly variation on a series of reductive compositions in such works as Chillon.
Alternatively, the meaning of light can mean to “guide or conduct with a light” and “to take fire or become kindled.” Converging elements of traditional Eastern aesthetics and Conceptual vocabulary, Friedman’s work borders on a near-psychological obsession into examining, and consequently, rendering light using shoji paper, wood, clay, and incense. His recent drawings, and an earlier work entitled Scroll, are massively time consuming and meticulously exhaustive in their undertaking, as every square inch of the paper is burned with over 151,000 individual marks. Herein lies Friedman’s unrelenting investigation into issues of fragility, density and edge as they relate to the process of decay and renewal.
Richard Bruland received his education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and California Institute of the Arts. Kyoungha Yoo was born in Seoul, Korea and earned her MFA at Claremont Graduate University. Both Bruland and Yoo currently reside in Los Angeles, CA. Born in New Hampshire, Josh Friedman received his education from Goucher College and earned MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has also studied at La Sorbonne and Parsons School of Design in Paris, France. Friedman resides in Orange County, CA.
98ten Fine Art, located near the Irvine Spectrum, is on Irvine Center Drive, between Scientific and Lake Forest. Gallery Hours are Monday through Friday 9am – 6 pm and Saturday by appointment. 98ten Fine Art is part of the UNISAP building. For additional information, please contact the gallery.