with works by Woongju SEO, Jamie LEE, and Eui Jeong YOO
For this exhibition, three artists come together to discuss the concepts of distorted thoughts, perception and alterations of reality in our everyday lives.
Woongju SEO: Woongjoo SEO creates hyper-realistic paintings of crumpled paper. Our senses are decieved when looking at a flat canvas that appears wrinkled and distorted. Our judgement and perception is henceforth decieved, forcing us to question the hastiness of our judgement. Seo’s works are painted as an illusion, and yet the unique point of his visuals is that there is always an understanding of what both objects, the canvas and the wrinkled paper, actually are.
Jamie LEE: With a background in painting, drawing, and printmaking, Lee utilizes her skills through an artistic process that blends collage, pasting, and handicraft amongst other methodologies. Images that come from both her reality and subconscious appear in curved and straight lines, flower petals and sharp geometric patterns, creating an illusion of space. Additionally, she uses a plethora of materials ranging from acrylic, air brush and ink to glitter, tissue paper and colored paper. Having lived abroad for many years, the artist’s complex mix of emotions can be located through her varied use of mediums and visuals; aspects of fantasy and yearning express the artist’s candid internal world. The works become intricate in that they offer both structural integrity and poetic symbolism.
Eui Jeong YOO: YOO Eui Jeong is a Korean artist who is known for his ceramic works that synthesize the past and the present. His works are a combination of historical relics and social conventions of the modern world. Although they are in one sense uniquely Korean, they become universal through their logos, patterns and designs that hark back to a global culture. How can new meanings come from repeated references that we find in our daily lives? In another sense we can ask ourselves, how would the vases of Goryeo celadon be decorated today? The act of symbolism is present within both the ancient wares of Korea, as well as the advertisements we find in the 21st century.