'Different Perspectives: MeeWha Alana Lee, Hobong Kim, Kidong Kwon'
June 2-25, 2022
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 2nd, from 6-8pm
Paris Koh Fine Arts, 201 Bridge Plaza North, Suite 1, Fort Lee, NJ is proud to present a group exhibition 'Different Perspectives: MeeWha Alana Lee, Hobong Kim, Kidong Kwon'. The show will run from June 2 - 25, 2022 with an opening reception on Thursday, June 2nd from 6-8pm.
When it comes to urban landscapes, most people generally think of busy workers during rush hour, and hectic streets lined with high rise buildings and yellow taxis. The urban landscape paintings introduced in this exhibition are works by three artists with different perspectives, which will be enough to dispel preconceived notions about the urban landscape.
Kidong Kwon’s consistent theme is the urban landscape. Familiar and unfamiliar objects in his works create a landscape that stimulates visual desire, but at the same time isolates us from life. His urban landscape is a reconstruction of the time and spaces he encountered, but it has a charm that stimulates déjà vu. Kwon's work, in which the momentarily captured landscape is shown as a painting, and the fabricated reality overtakes the real reality, makes us imagine the meaning beyond representation. Kwon Earned his BFA and MFA at the Seoul National University and The Pennsylvania State University. He is a professor of Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea.
Artist MeeWha Alana Lee's City is an urban landscape depicted from the artist's point of view, showing the longing that the artist feels even in a busy city life, and the person who has longing. Therefore, most of the figures in Lee's urban landscapes are the back of a man seen from a distance on the street at night, or their faces are covered with umbrellas, so the longing is better expressed. Although rare, the daytime scenery depicts a busy city, where the crowds also cover their faces with umbrellas, showing isolation and longing for communication that was cut off. The light, reflection of water, smoke, and clumped plastic masses expressed by Lee are realistic yet indistinct, which deepens the sense of longing for something invisible. The crosswalk drawn along the 48x12 inch canvas’ long length creates a sense of depth, and there is beauty in the way that the crosswalk can provoke different emotions by changing the position. With the crosswalk drawn behind the person, it adds to the loneliness by leaving a trail of footsteps, and when positioned in front of the person, it is expressed as a feeling of excitement for the future. Artist MeeWha Alana Lee majored in industrial design and minor in art education at Seoul National University. After coming to America, she earned her MA and MFA in design and drawing at the Graduate School of University of Iowa. After moving to New York, she has been working as a New York based artist and as a film actress.
Hobong Kim's works are not urban landscape lined with tall buildings.
His paintings depict the crowd living in New York, a capitalist city where diverse races coexist, the world reflected in the eyes of immigrants living in the city, and ourselves who find the essence of life through their gaze. The butterfly from Zhuangzi's dream is drawn in the open space and It represents the futility of life. Also the meaningless numbers floating in the air are a symbol of materialism, capitalism, and selfish human desire. In other words, the crowd in the work is also a figure of us chasing wealth and illusions. Another series of work presented in this exhibition, ‘Rhapsody of the subway, a symbol of New York’, is drawn on the inside of a horizontal long cardboard box which is a work that depicts the subway scenery of immigrants, exhausted from life. We realize the meaninglessness of life, but we live waiting for hope as like most of the crowd in the city. Kim earned his B.F.A and M.E at the HongIk University in South Korea and also earned M.A at the New York University Graduate School in New York. He is active as an artist in New York.
MeeWha Alana Lee, Hobong Kim, Kidong Kwon
June 2 - 25, 2022
Opening Reception: June 2nd, 6-8pm.
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