Yunhee Min presents 'movements' a new series of paintings composed of supple vertical passes of intense pigments. Dan Levenson presents 'SKZ Painting Storage' .
Yunhee Min: 'movements'
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects is pleased to announce, “movements,” Yunhee Min’s fifth solo exhibition at the gallery. In her new work, Min continues to explore the sensorial potential of color, light, and gesture. “Movements” refers both to literal and suggested motion and change: her gestures on the canvas, the viscosity of her paint, and the way these actions combine to produce a shifting spatiality within her compositions. These paintings neither suggest infinite depth nor firmly reinforce the flatness of the support; instead there is continuous expansion of space generated by the relationship of each movement to the next.
Min’s intimacy with her tools is visible in the ease of her gestures. Her paintings are composed of supple vertical passes of intense pigments. Mostly these paths move in a single direction; occasionally they twist or bend back on themselves. These rounded, individuated gestures, defined by the width of her tools, the stretch of her arms and the fluidity of her paint, lend an open quality to the new paintings. Min’s use of acrylic is dynamic. She allows wet paint to mix, pass, and intersect to produce compositions with an abundance of varying transparencies and subtle color shifts that feel vulnerable and ephemeral, like they might evaporate.
Yunhee Min holds a BFA from Art Center College of Design and an MA from Harvard University. Recent site-specific installations and architectural interventions have been on view at the UCLA Hammer Museum, at the LA County Museum of Art, and at the Night Gallery, Los Angeles. Min has had solo exhibitions at LAXART, Los Angeles, CA; The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, project space; at ArtPace, San Antonio, TX, project space; the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; and Exercise, Vancouver, BC. Min’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Silvershed, New York, NY; Sweeney Art Gallery, Riverside, CA; the Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro, NC; the CCAC Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA; the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA; and Artists Space, New York, NY. Her work is in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, and the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA.
Dan Levenson: 'SKZ Painting Storage'
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects is pleased to announce our first solo exhibition with Dan Levenson: "SKZ Painting Storage." Levenson has created a fictional and immersive narrative about a community of Swiss artists at the now-defunct State Art Academy, Zrich (SKZ). In Gallery 3, a set of paintings represents the results of a single composition exercise assigned to one class of students. The paintings appear to have suffered from time and neglect; their surfaces are cracked and discolored. In Gallery 4 an installation of storage racks, student lockers, paint-splattered studio floors and modular art school furniture collapses the imagined space of the art school with the real space of the gallery. The sculptural furniture serves a practical function in Levenson's studio so that the accretions of his process create the impression of many years of use.
Traces of the lost culture of the art school abound, particularly in Levenson's use of standardized international paper sizes, which dictate the scale and composition of every painting and object he produces. Each painting fits inside a storage box recovered from the ruins of the art school. The boxes fit together with classroom furniture: a desk, flat files, work tables, and drawing horses.
Levenson's project balances humor, critique, and a fascination with the philosophy of twentieth century institutions such as the Bauhaus. At the center of the project are paintings that represent the foundation exercises completed by the forgotten art students of the academy. Each painting is signed on the back by an otherwise anonymous Swiss art student. The names never repeat and nothing else is known about the students' individual biographies. These assignments are remnants of a generic modernist past when art education prioritized formal and technical concerns over subjective expression. The resulting work contrasts the rigor of the ideas that underlie its construction with the reality of organic deterioration.
Dan Levenson received an MFA from the Royal College of Art, London in 1997. His work has been exhibited at White Columns, New York, NY; LAXART, Los Angeles, CA; Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA; PARTICIPANT INC, New York, NY; EFA Gallery, New York, NY; Peloton, Sydney, Australia; and OfficeOps, Brooklyn, NY.
Image: Yunhee Min
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