Flashing with iridescence, reminiscent of digital codes, the canvases and sculptures produced by Korean artist are covered with thousands of sequins that he threads together by hand. The patient and repetitive act of attaching the sequins one by one lends significance to the creative process itself, yet is rooted in popular arts. Through this practice, he manages to elevate everyday objects to the meditative realm
Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery announces a new exhibition of works by Korean artist Noh, Sang-Kyoon. The show will be on view from March 13 through April 17, 2004. The gallery is located at 601 West 26th Street, Suite 1240, in the Chelsea art district, New York.
Flashing with iridescence, reminiscent of digital codes, the canvases and sculptures produced by Korean artist Noh, Sang Kyoon are covered with thousands of sequins that he threads together by hand. His technique, which he developed while studying at Pratt Institute in 1992, lies at the core of his work. The patient and repetitive act of attaching the sequins one by one lends significance to the creative process itself, yet is rooted in popular arts. Through this practice, he manages to elevate everyday objects to the meditative realm.
Noh, Sang-Kyoon's work was featured in the Korean Pavilion at the 48th Venice Biennale in 1999, and this exhibition will be his first in New York since 1994. The exhibition includes earlier pieces from his work such as Fish Series, 1992, and For the Lip Readers, 1998, a striking image of a monolithic mouth-like form.
In Another End (Matted Blue), 1997, the pattern that results from Noh's treatment of the surface transforms the canvas into an expanding phenomenon; a giant spiral that sparkles in the same way a tiny gem would. Also on view will be For the Worshipers (2001-03) which consists of several sculptures of Buddha's heads covered in colored sequins, as well as Buddha Mask (2003) and Jesus Mask (2003).
Inherent to Noh, Sang-Kyoon's work is the idea of dichotomy. Fluid shifts within dualities such as microcosm/macrocosm, containment/expansion, secular/religious produce aggregate and layered meanings. They collect about the work, not unlike the regenerative spiraling of the sequins themselves.
Background on Artist
Noh, Sang-Kyoon was born in 1958 in Nonsan, Korea. He received his bachelor's degree in painting at the Seoul National University, and later studied in New York where he received his masters in painting from Pratt Institute. In 1999, he was selected to represent Korea at the Venice Biennale where he gained international attention. His work has been exhibited in Korea, Japan, China, France, England, Germany, and the United States.
Background on the Gallery
Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery is a new contemporary art gallery based in New York. Primarily dedicated to the exhibition, study, and sale of moving image and photographic works, the gallery also explores developments in painting, sculpture and installation as influenced by these media. Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery is devoted to providing a unique service to collectors and institutions seeking to bring emerging and acclaimed media artists and photographers into their collections and exhibition programs. The gallery, a 2,400 square foot space designed by architect Michael Gabellini, opened to the public in September 2003. Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery is located at 601 West 26th Street, Suite 1240, and is open Tuesday â€“ Saturday, 11AM â€” 6PM.
Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery is located at 601 West 26th Street, Suite 1240. The gallery is open Tuesday â€“ Saturday, 11AM â€“ 6PM.
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