Together Alone: The 14th Contemporary Visual Art Awards

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Jason J Kim Oral Design NY is proud to sponsor this latest exhibit. See more info below and check it out before it's over!

Venue: Muriel Guepin Gallery, 83 ORCHARD STREET NEW YORK, NY 10002

Nov. 28 – Dec. 10, 2017, Gallery Hour: Tuesday- Sunday ( 1:00 – 6:00 PM)

Artists: Tai Hwa Goh, Xavier Cha, Joo Yeon Woo + Curated by Soojung Hyun

 

The AHL Foundation is pleased to present a group exhibition of works of The AHL Foundation 2017 Contemporary Visual Art Awards winners. The three award winners, Tai Hwa Goh, Xavier Cha, Joo Yeon Woo, were selected by jurors, Sharon Matt Atkins, vice director of exhibitions and collections management at Brooklyn Museum and Michelle Yun, senior curator of modern and contemporary art at the Asia Society Museum.

The awards were not selected on the basis of a particular theme but on the trustworthy strength of the artists’ works and the potential capability of the artists to succeed. Each of the winners addresses a diverse range of subjects and mediums, ranging from video-based performances to site-specific installations to prints derived from unique paper embossing techniques. While their works are freely expressed beyond the boundaries of a single genre, the subject matter could be interpreted as responses to Korean identity in relation to their underlying awareness of being in a new place.

This exhibition, titled Together Alone, suggests an ontological theme as to how human beings obtain awareness of their identity while functioning as artists within communities composed of diverse individuals. At the same time, it represents ambivalence as the artists pull opposites together into a single dynamic force.

While the subject and object may appear on opposite sides, they are inextricably linked together. It is through the awareness of these complimentary differences that they open up the possibility of reconciliation. Despite their connection to biology, psychology, and sociology, the three artists are primarily focused on art. This suggests that they want their works to be understood through the focused experience of their viewers.

 

Tai Hwa Goh

Tai Hwa Goh is the winner of the Gold Award. She creates delicately layered installations from printed and cut paper. Her biomorphic paper installations blur the distinction between printmaking and sculpture. At first glance, the perfect symmetry of the forms evokes readymade paper goods but upon closer inspection, it becomes apparent that the artist has meticulously colored, cut and formed each component. These organic, site-specific works seem to overtake their designated environments, raising issues relating to the delicate balance between nature and civilization.

 

Xavier Cha

Xavier Cha is the winner of the Silver Award. Her videos and interactive performances utilize the Internet to blur the distinction between audience and participant while also commenting on how individuals are increasingly becoming defined by virtual interactions online. In Surveil, the artist invited volunteers to collaborate, using the Internet, to develop a choreographed performance based on their web activity. In Feedback, professional actors were assigned to act out a range of emotions that corresponded to the broad range of perspectives shared on social media platforms.

 

Joo Yeon Woo

Joo Yeon Woo is the winner of the Bronze Award. Her engagement with the Korean diaspora, and in particular the Gyopo, eloquently illuminates the concerns and anxieties faced by immigrant groups. Her subtle, monochromatic portraits of individuals from the Gyopo community reflect the feelings of invisibility felt by many minority groups. Likewise, her photographic documentation of official documents asserting the legal status of this group highlights the politicization of identity and inclusion.

 

New Art In The Workplace: Changha Hwang's Alphabet

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I am excited to announce that tonight (Monday July 24th) we will have an opening reception for the latest installment of Art in the Workplace at one of my labs - this time at Jason J Kim Dental Aesthetics on Long Island. We are all so pleased to present a one-year commissioned exhibition of artworks by Changha Hwang!

  • Opening Reception: Monday, July 24, 5:00-7:00 pm 
  • Location: Jason J. Kim Dental Aesthetics, 5 Harbor Park Dr., Port Washington, New York
  • Viewing Hours: M-F 9am – 5pm

 

Learn more about this brilliant artist Changha Hwang: http://www.changhahwang.com/

The AHL Foundation, in partnership with Jason J. Kim Dental Aesthetics, Hwang’s tactile and abstract paintings will be on view at the Jason J. Kim Dental Aesthetics located at 5 Harbor Park Dr., Port Washington, New York from July 17, 2017, through July 15, 2018. 

Hwang’s vibrant paintings utilize grids, smears, hatchings, and cross-hatching to explore the complexities of interwoven spaces. Multiple layers of paint and marking make forges and modulate color relationships while simultaneously creating tension and dissolving spaces. The bold and abstract paintings in Alphabet will be on view for one year.

Changha Hwang is a painter living and working in New York City. He received his BFA from Parsons School of Design and acquired his MFA in Painting from Hunter College City University of New York. Hwang has had numerous solo exhibitions in France, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, Korea and United States since 2002. Recent group exhibitions include TEN, Cindy Rucker Gallery; Shades of Time, Queens Museum of Art; Operating System, Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Gallery; Children of Grid, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning; and Continuing Color Abstraction, The Painting Center. Hwang was the recipient of The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant in 2014.

This commissioned exhibition is organized as part of AHL Foundation’s Art in the Workplace Program, which exhibits contemporary artwork in a work environment to create greater exposure for talented artists while fostering easier access and support for the arts within the business community. The Art in the Workplace program is presented in collaboration with Jason J. Kim Dental Aesthetics with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.

New Art In The Workplace: Sei Ryun Chun: Eternal

Excited to announce that today there will be an opening reception for the latest Art in The Workplace program that I am proud to sponsor. See below for more information on the location and time of the reception and for more on this incredible artist, Sei Ryun Chun

 

Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 19, 5:30-7:30 pm

Location: Bank of Hope. 16 West 32nd Street, New York, NY 10001

Viewing Hours: M-F,9am – 5pm

 

This exhibition is part of AHL Foundation’s Art in the Workplace Program, which exhibits contemporary artwork in a work environment to create greater exposure for talented artists while fostering easier access and support for the arts within the business community. The Art in the Workplace program is presented in collaboration with Jason J. Kim Dental Aesthetics with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.

 

Read more about artist Sei Ryun Chun:  http://www.seiryunchun.com/

The AHL Foundation in partnership with the Bank of Hope is pleased to present a six-month commission of artworks by Sei Ryun Chun to be on view at the Bank of Hope Manhattan Branch from July 19, 2017 – January 12, 2018.

Sei Ryun Chun’s solo exhibition, Eternal, will include 24 artworks that incorporate mixed media such as canvas, wood, leather that is stained with tea, traditional Korean ink, and painted on top to reveal remnant of the tea that has been absorbed to produce the static residue of time. Chun’s work is heavily influenced by "Gyubang" culture - a traditional lifestyle of Korean women with a focus on knitting, painting, and tea making. Her abstract expressionist work explores the ideas of “chun-ji-in (heaven-earth-human)” through her circular works that represent heaven and rectangular works that represent earth while threads symbolize the relationships and connections of human beings.

As an expert of the traditional Korean tea ceremony, Chun actively incorporates tea as part of her paintings—tealeaves and stains become a visual element while they provide a subtle fragrance to the paintings. With these elements made available to the viewers through work, she aims to provide an experience that viewers are invited to the artist’s tea ceremony and her meditation routines.

Born in Busan, Sei Ryun Chun majored in Fine Art at Konkuk University studying sculpture and painting. After graduation, she taught at Shinjung middle and high schools. In 1981, she moved to the U.S and studied etching at the New Milford Art Center in New Jersey and New York University in New York. She has had 14 international solo exhibitions and her work has been exhibited around the world including Korea, Italy, France, Germany, and the United States. She is also the Executive Director of Oms Art and has written extensively about art. 

This exhibition is part of AHL Foundation’s Art in the Workplace Program, which exhibits contemporary artwork in a work environment to create greater exposure for talented artists while fostering easier access and support for the arts within the business community. The Art in the Workplace program is presented in collaboration with Jason J. Kim Dental Aesthetics with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.

For further inquiries about the exhibition or our programs, please contact 212-675-1619 orinfo@ahlfoundation.org.