GANA ART NINE ONE in Hannam-dong will present Une Rose, a solo exhibition by artist Yeesookyung (b. 1963), from April 20 to May 21. This exhibition will focus on the artist’s new painting series, ‘Oh! Rose,’ which she began in 2022 with the theme of roses.
‘Oh, Rose!’ is a series of paintings that focuses on roses, which were only in the background in her previous series, ‘Past Life Regression Painting,’ and is characterized by roses that are small in size but fill the canvas and abstract backgrounds such as the aurora borealis. For the artist, the rose is a motif that leads to a world of the unconscious, free from the constraints of time and space, where unpredictability and free narrative are possible. The beautifully blooming roses in the mysterious scene of the aurora borealis are located on the border of abstract and figurative, conscious and unconscious, past life and this life.
Lee made a name for herself in the international art world with her ‘Translated Vase’ series, which is made of broken ceramic shards glued together with gold leaf. Lee has continued to work in an experimental manner, incorporating disparate elements borrowed from various religions and cultures into her works, including painting, installation, video, drawing, and performance, as well as sculpture.
In recognition of her experimental approach, she participated as an invited artist in the main exhibition of the 57th Venice Biennale and has exhibited at many prestigious institutions around the world, including the Gwangju Biennale, Liverpool Biennale, Capodimonte Museum in Italy, Asia Society Texas Center in the United States, and Atelier Hermès in South Korea. Her work is also held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the British Museum, and the MMCA, among others.
Finally When You and I Meet, a solo exhibition by artist Lee Sejun, who combines figuration and abstraction in a single painting, will be on view at Space Willing N Dealing from April 15 to May 14.
The exhibition will feature ‘Anti plot_Space Arcade’, a series of 13 paintings that look like a single scene. This work was conceived by imagining an old shopping street that might exist somewhere in the galaxy. This work is a large-scale painting installation of six rhombus-shaped canvases sandwiched between seven landscapes depicting different scenes from 2018 to 2020. It makes the gallery space look like a giant mural structure.
His work is a mix of abstract and figurative, but when he creates a work, he decides whether he wants to use figurative or abstract as the form of the main and then mixes the two materials a little bit. For example, in his figurative works, he enlarges and uses thing like walls, painting marks, wooden boards, and steel as materials. And he also used figurative materials, such as glass, birds, and still life, in abstract form by arranging them into elements in an allegory.
These materials are inspired by episodes that he heard from his acquaintances during his work, thoughts that came to his at the moment, or objects around him, and he expresses them in his own form. They are unimportant, and even if you know their contents, you can stop knowing them. However, the artist hopes that the viewers will be able to find the meaning through the materials if they wish and that it will be a starting point for other imaginations.
*During this exhibition, Lee will be exhibiting Meta Fiction at Space Hwangumhyang (B101/13 Seooreung-ro 8-gil, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul, B101). The exhibition presents a new installation format consisting of older works.