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Sunok Chun, Side by Side  2014, oil and graphite on canvas,  36 x 32 inches        Photograph by Max Yawney
Sunok Chun

Extrication


October 11 - November 2,  2014
Opening reception for the artist  October 11th  6-8 pm
 
Beacon, NY - Theo Ganz Studio is very pleased to announce that Extrication, an exhibition of recent paintings by Sunok Chun, will open with a reception for the artist on Saturday, October 11th from 6-8 pm and be on view through November 2nd, 2014.  This is Ms. Chun's second show with the gallery and will include 8 of her latest works ranging in sizes from 36 x 32 inches to 75 x 58  - all of which are oil and graphite on canvas.    A full-color catalog of sixteen paintings will accompany the exhibition.

Sunok Chun was born in Seoul, Korea where she received her BFA from Sung-Shin Women's University.  She now resides in Brooklyn where she has maintained a studio since her graduate days at Pratt Institute (MFA/1997).  She has had exhibitions both in the US and abroad including Germany, Korea, Austria and Japan.

Delicate penciled renderings of geometric shapes - one of the artist's longstanding motifs - become the backdrop for emphatic gestural expression.  In some of the works the shapes are blocked in with color or pattern as in Confluence and Inner Sanctum.  In the paintings from the last few years, Ms. Chun has pared down her palette considerably and reduced her fluid gestural strokes to two, not-more-than-three contrasting colors suspended in a field of white.  The paintings become poems, stripped down to the essential.  The artist states:

                  I think of my art works as metaphoric boxes in which I glimpse reality as I see it. 
                    I am interested in the relationship between the enclosed space and the space
                    beyond its boundaries.  So my work is often comprised of antithetic elements that
                    describe that relationship - such as geometry and the spontaneous gesture.  My
                    paintings set up a dialogue between rational straight lines and atmospheric areas of
                    color with floating, gestural expression.

The artist's interest in boxes takes on a literal dimension in her interactive conceptual installation of 40 boxes and 1000 colorful pebbles each of which has been marked with a drawing or word. The viewer may choose any pebble from any box and place it into another box of their choice.  The artist will ultimately return each pebble to its original box but not before leaving the word on the pebble inside the box.  The boxes contain a concrete memory of the pebble.
 
 
We would love to present this installation and its concept in its entirety one day in the future.  For now, think of your favorite word and come to the opening on the 11th and meet the artist. 
For more information and images, visit www.theoganzstudio.com or contact Eleni Smolen at theoganzstudio@tds.net.  Hours:  Friday through Sunday 12-5 pm and by appointment 917.318.2239.
Sunok Chun, Following the Wind, 2012, oil and graphite on canvas, 75 x 58 inches  Photograph by Max Yawney
Theo Ganz Studio
149 Main Street
Beacon, NY  12508
www.theoganzstudio.com
917.318.2239
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