Gallery: Pékin Fine Arts
Artist(s): Phénix Varbanov
Opening / Event Date: 28 Jul, 2023
Closing / End Date: 30 Sep, 2023
Date: 7 July (Thursday) – 3 September (Saturday), 2022
Venue: Soluna Fine Art, GF, 52 Sai Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Soluna Fine Art is proud to present “Reflection”, a summer group exhibition consists of eight artists, including Kim Young-Hun, Lee Kyou-Hong, Kim Joon-Yong, Park Yoon-Kyung, Jon Poblador, Park Ji-Sook, Jang Young-Sook and Toshio Iezumi. “Reflection” will be on view from 7 July – 3 September 2022.
In celebration of the sunny days ahead of us this season, the pieces included in the show are colourful and vibrant yet tied together harmoniously, arranged in a way that presents the works together in a new light. The name “Reflection”, in a literal sense, refers to the image reflected off a mirror-like surface. The reflected image can be an accurate representation of the original, or sometimes a distorted version depending on one’s perspective. Our exhibition then implores the viewers to look within themselves, to not only appreciate the art works as it is but also ponder their sense-of-self in relation to it. We hope our audience can be challenged in their ways of seeing and to inspire personal reflection through the exhibiting works in the show.
About Kim Young-Hun 金永憲
Kim Young-Hun (b. 1964) was born in Nonsan, Korea. He is currently based in New York City and Seoul. Kim received his B.F.A. in painting from Hongik University. Continuing his studies, he soon enrolled at Chelsea College of Art and Design, and Goldsmiths College in London, and holds two M.F.A.s. Living through the transition between the analog generation and digital generation, Kim Young-Hun is passionate in observing and deciphering the unknown between the 1 and 0 of binary codes. Kim’s works demonstrate a traditional Korean painting technique called Hyukpil (革筆畫), in which the painter mixes various colors and paints with rapid strokes using a leather brush. The multi-colored stripes that seem to flow like ink are made by one continuous brush stroke across the canvas, with the oil colors melting together and permeating into the canvas. Kim has exhibited extensively internationally with over 10 solo and 60 group exhibitions. His paintings are in several prestigious public and corporate collections, including Bank of America, and The Arts Club, and in numerous museums.
About Lee Kyou-Hong 李奎烘
Lee Kyou-Hong (b. 1972) was born in Korea and completed his B.F.A. at Kookmin University in Seoul, Korea and earned his Master’s degree from Edinburgh College of Art in the UK. Lee is one of the leading glass artists in Korea who creates works that explore the materiality and phenomenological metamorphosis of glass to examine the concept of ‘정중동’ ‘靜中動’ (movements in stillness). Lee’s experimentation with glass as a medium began during his time as a Masters student at Edinburgh College of Art in the UK. His early works mostly dealt with the idea of life and time – his own experiences in time and the stories held within different things, people and spaces. Lee then went on to hone his craft as an architectural glass specialist for over ten years, creating decorative interior installations and objects. From here Lee progressed his practice into a more expressive realm utilising his fine art practice as a means to pursue a self-reflective reconnaissance. Lee has received awards including a short-listed Coburg Glass Prize in Germany and CERAMIX Glass Art Awards Special Jury award in Korea. He also created large-scale, site-specific commissions including those at Haeinsa Temple, Jinbu Railway Station, St. Clara Abbey, Korea University Hospital, Shinsa-dong Catholic Church in Korea. His work is exhibited and collected internationally including the permanent collections of the Kunstsammlungen der Veste Museum in Coburg, and Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung Museum in Munich, Germany.
About Kim Joon-Yong 金俊龍
Kim Joon-Yong (b. 1972) is a leading figure in South Korea’s emerging glass scene. He received his B.F.A. from Kook-Min University in Korea and M.F.A. Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and is currently a professor at Kook-min University and owner of the Joon Glass Studio in Seoul. As a pioneering glass blowing artist, he has received international acclaim: he was selected as the finalist of the LOEWE Craft Prize in 2017, received the Bavarian State Prize in Germany and this year, Kim received the 2021 Craft Award of the Year from Korea Craft and Design Foundation (KCDF).
His initial interest in applying ceramics to glass led to his creation of the unique technique he has named ‘cast blowing’ – a mixture of glass blowing and cast sculpting by sculpting thick blown glass. Through the combination of blowing using a gradation of colors and cast-sculpting thick glass, Kim is able to show a variation of colors, forms and textures in the work. He depicts various phenomena from nature into the form of vessels in his artworks and releases the beauty of glass itself through his hands.
About Park Yoon-Kyung 朴閏敬
Park Yoon-Kyung (b. 1976) was born in Korea and received her M.F.A. from both the University of London and Hongik University in South Korea. During her time in London, Park discovered the method of painting on silk and chiffon, which then became the huge turning point for her artistic career. By applying multiple layers of paint on translucent materials, she cleverly combines the recto and the verso of a canvas, exposing the space behind and turning all three spaces into one work. Park’s work breaks down the boundaries between dimensions, but in a more delicate and subtle way. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Hong Kong, Korea and the UK.
About Jon Poblador
Jon Poblador (b.1971, Quezon City, the Philippines) is a Filipino American contemporary painter best known for minimalist works characterized by monochromes, repetitions, and mark-making. Having received both BFA (Northern Illinois University) and MFA (University of Pennsylvania) in the US, Poblador has always lived a nomadic life including in the Philippines, Singapore, America and China. The artist is currently residing in Hong Kong and is active in the contemporary art scenes in the city and the US, where he’s had several solo shows at Larry Becker Contemporary Art in Pennsylvania, Gebert Contemporary in Arizona, and Galerie Koo in Hong Kong.
About Park Ji-Sook 朴智淑
Park Ji-Sook (b. 1963) was born in Korea and completed her B.F.A. at Hongik University. Park’s work displays the energetic and reproductive relationship and connection between human and the life cycle we call nature. Her most acclaimed series is constructed by the fundamental components of art – lines and patterns, to represent the collision of different lives. Through her work Park discusses the undeniable connections of objects and nature: birth and death, a never ending cycle, all showing on the surface of a canvas, from point to point, and then expand to complete an imagery similar to a scenery of the universe. Having 50 solo exhibitions and over 300 group exhibitions, Park’s artwork can also be found in several institutional collections such as the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, and Sungkok Art Museum.
About Jang Young-Sook 張英淑
Jang Young-Sook (b. 1951) was born in Korea and has a deep attachment to abstract imagery and minimalistic compositions originating from her childhood experience of living in a Han-Ok (Traditional Korean House) with a Toenmaru (porch/deck). By observing the sunlight that shines on the Toenmaru, Jang noticed different shapes and shades forming in the shadows and became fascinated by the ambiguousness that coexisted in both the shadows and in the space. Jang’s work has been presented in numerous galleries and museums including Whitewave Art Center, Kim Nae Hyun Art Gallery and Posco Art Museum. She has also participated in over 160 international group exhibitions in countries such as the United States, Poland, Singapore, Japan and Brazil. Her works are also housed by National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Posco Art Museum, and Hallmark Cards, Inc.
About Toshio Iezumi 家住利男
Toshio Iezumi (b. 1954, Japan) is a world-renowned glass sculptor recognized for developing a unique technique for shaping glass by laminating sheets of glass into a cuboid, then carving and polishing it with an angle grinder and other stone carving tools. Iezumi experimentated with using heat reflective glass, as well as methods of grinding and polishing the glass surface extensively to perfect his craft. Under the light, the concavities and convexities of the glass resemble ripples of water. Influenced by ancient Chinese bronzes as well as the works of Brâncuşi and Donald Judd, Iezumi’s technique of direct curving and dealing with light reflection and refraction seeks to illustrate volume and depth as it occurs in the glass. Iezumi is a multi-awarded artist, receiving numerous awards throughout his career and his glass creations have been exhibited internationally including the Toyama Glass Art Museum, Japan and the annual Sculpture by the Sea, Australia. His works are collected by notable museums such as the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, National Museum of Modern Art in Japan.
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Soluna Fine Art is a gallery specializing in Asian fine art and objects with deep roots in South Korea. Our mission is to revitalize interest in Eastern aesthetics and philosophy by showcasing established and emerging artists and works of traditional value with contemporary interpretation. Works by artists represented by Soluna Fine Art can be found in private collections and institutions around the world. As well as exhibitions, our annual programme includes fairs, educational initiatives and multi-disciplinary collaborations on an international level.
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