Arario Gallery New York Presents Suejin Chung, March 6 -April 30, 2009
A new suite of paintings by Korean artist Suejin Chung will be on view at Arario Gallery New York, March 6-April 30, 2009. A reception for the artist will be held at the gallery on Thursday, March 5 from 6pm to 9pm.
takes an analytical approach to painting that has been summarized as "a
visual language that exists in a completely different dimension than
that of letters or words." In multi-layered and color saturated
canvases she depicts strange environments filled with people,
individual body parts, shapes, symbols, and foodstuffs. Though her
paintings appear to result from free association, they are
mathematically and theoretically complex compositions of both the
figurative and abstract, interior and exterior spaces. Chung suggests
that to understand painting is to understand the multi-dimensionality
of human consciousness. "Therefore," she writes, "you do not need to
ask what [a painting means anymore."
The painting pictured
above, Crag (2008), was included in the recent exhibition
Metamorphoses: Korean Trajectories at Éspace Louis Vuitton in Paris.
This piece exemplifies Chung's style of painting and simultaneous
attention to disorder and structure. Her newest works, which have never
before been shown to the public, comprise Arario GalleryNew York 's
exhibition. The paintings range from crowded compositions like Crag, in
which human heads and organs; artichokes; building rods; paper
airplanes; and other fragments swarm thecanvas ; to surreal mountainous
landscapes; and portraits of a lone woman wearing a kerchief on her
head, a recurring motif in Chung's work.
Born in 1969, Suejin Chung lives and works in Seoul, Korea. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute
of Chicago (1995), and her BFA from Hong IK University in Korea (1992).
Her work has been shown at Peres Projects, Berlin; Union Gallery,
London; the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea; the Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art in Gawanju.
The artist will lead a walk-through of her exhibition on Saturday, March 7 at 4pm.
catalogue produced for Chung's exhibition in Korea (2006) will be
available for purchase at the gallery. The publication features essays
by Arario Gallery Seoul and Cheonan Director, Juhl L. Lee, and the
artist. Quantities are limited. Call for more information.
ABOUT ARARIO GALLERY NEW YORK
by businessman and collector Ci Kim in 1989, Arario Gallery is a
worldwide leader in the exhibition of Asian art by both established and
emerging talents. Arario Gallery New York is the fourth expansion of
the gallery, which also operates spaces in Cheonan and Seoul, Korea and
Beijing, China. First established with the goal to educate the Korean
public about its rapidly developing contemporary art scene, the
gallery's mission has evolved with its expansion: Arario now seeks to
cultivate an international dialogue between the East and West about
cutting-edge contemporary art. Designed by acclaimed architect David
Adjaye, Arario Gallery New York is among the largest contemporary
galleries in the Chelsea district of New York City. Gallery hours are
Tuesday-Saturday 10-6pm and by appointment. For more information, visit
the website at www.ararionewyork.com.