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Two Exhibitions Commemorate the Relocation of the Peres Projects to the Samcheong-dong: "Walking the In-Between" and "The New, New".. and More

Peres Projects

Two Exhibitions Commemorate the Relocation of the Peres Projects to the Samcheong-dong: "Walking the In-Between" and "The New, New"

“Walking the In-Between” Installation view at Peres Projects ©Peres Projects

German gallery Peres Projects has moved to Samcheong-dong, Seoul, about a year after opening a branch in the basement of the Shilla Hotel in Jangchung-dong last April, reflecting the expansion of the domestic art market. The gallery, which celebrated its 20th -anniversary last year and opened branches in Milan, Italy, and Seoul, moved to a four-floor building, using the first and second floors as exhibition halls and the third and fourth floors as offices.

At the same time as the move, Peres Projects is holding two reopening exhibitions. Walking the In-Between, a solo exhibition by Cece Philips (b. 1996), and The New, New, a group exhibition featuring seven artists, will both be on view from April 28 to June 11.

Cece Philips (b. 1996) is a British figurative painter whose first solo exhibition in Asia and second at Peres Projects will feature a total of nine paintings. Continuing her exploration of liminal spaces, times, and situations, the artist’s works take the viewer on a stroll through metropolises reminiscent of London, Florence, and California, with women of color in suits. Observing everyday encounters, often at night, through open windows, on opposite sidewalks, in bushes, or behind couches, C.C. Phillips deliberately places the viewer in a voyeuristic position.

“The New New” Installation view at Peres Projects ©Peres Projects

The group exhibition The New, New presents nine new works created for the reopening. The works are by seven artists from the Peres Projects program and are noteworthy from a global perspective. The seven artists are Rafa Silvares, Emily Ludwig Shaffer, George Rouy, Anton Munar, Jeremy, Paolo Salvador, and Austin Lee, who hail from different parts of the world and whose new approaches to figurative painting are blazing new trails in how we see and interpret the world.

The Peres Projects is a gallery based in Berlin, Germany, with a mission to promote and introduce promising but lesser-known artists to a wider audience. The existing space in the Shilla Hotel, where it was originally located, is currently being repurposed.

Gallery Baton

"Lagrange Point" a Two-Person Exhibition by Kim Sang Gyun and Suzanne Song

“Lagrange Point“ Installation view at Gallery Baton ©Gallery Baton

Gallery Baton is currently showing Lagrange Point, a two-person exhibition by Kim Sang Gyun (b. 1967) and Suzanne Song (b. 1974). Lagrange Point, the title of the exhibition, refers to the point of equilibrium between two orbiting celestial bodies where the gravitational and centrifugal forces of the satellite cancel each other out, creating a virtually “weightless state” (gravity canceling point).

Inspired by this term, the exhibition examines the works of Kim Sang Gyun, who works on a sculpture by bringing the primary characteristics of architecture into the category of sculpture, and Suzanne Song, who thinks of ‘space’ as a realm of perception, modifies the basic elements of painting, and creates illusory reproductions through her own medium.

Kim Sung Gyun exhibits sculptures and reliefs with the theme of architecture that recalls modern history in the modern city center. The artist’s work is a mixture of past and contemporary architectural structures, and the way she borrows imperialist façades and creates them in reduced-sized concrete panels then divides them into minimal units and assembles them, has a unique form that mixes high relief and low relief.

Suzanne Song uses the basic elements of painting – color, texture, and form – to create subtle beauty. Although the works are flat, the optical illusion created by deliberately placing sculptural elements in the right proportions within the specially designed canvas gives them a three-dimensional appearance and energizes them.

Just as the ‘Lagrange point’ represents the point where the gravitational pull between two celestial bodies is canceled out, the exhibition also highlights how the works of the two artists can be shown independently without encroaching on each other’s unique artistic world and how they form a complementary relationship and harmony.

The exhibition is on view through May 20.

IMSOOBIN GALLERY

Lim Sunhee's Solo Exhibition explores the Essence of Flatness: "The Medium: Colored, Brushed"

“The Medium: Colored, Brushed” Installation view at IMSOOBIN GALLERY ©Artist

Lim Sunhee (b.1975) is holding a solo exhibition, The Medium: Colored, Brushed at IMSOOBIN GALLERY 1 and 2 (formerly Ruach Gallery) in Yongsan until June 7. The exhibition aims to showcase the presence of the artist’s works through the concepts of flatness and medium in painting, centered on ‘color’ and ‘brushstrokes’.

Lim’s work shows an exploration of flatness that reveals the properties of the medium itself, not just its reproduction or content through depiction. Through the basic elements of painting, such as brushstrokes, color, form, and composition, she contrasts them with descriptive paintings, showing painting as a concept of medium and the flatness.

In “Brushed Blue, Red, and White Parrots (2021)”, the parrots are painted with thick and rough brushstrokes, and only the colors of red, orange, blue, and green reveal the presence of their shapes. The objects are painted consistently without significant changes in color depth, removing any sense of depth from the space and suggesting flatness. Another work, “Vanitas_The Best Moment (2022)”, is based on candles and flowers from Vanitas’ paintings and uses complementary colors to reveal the presence of each, expressing the emptiness and anxiety between them.

The artist’s recent works depart from the traditional perspective or perspective view and focus on composing flat surfaces with color. The objects that appear in the works forming by multiple layers of color, each of which has an organic and natural relationship with the other. In doing so, the artist is addressing issues that she has been struggling with since she began painting, namely the contemporary possibilities of medium and flatness in contemporary Korean painting and the nature of form.

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