Korean Cultural Center
Opening Reception: May 16th, 6-8p,m
on view until July 6th, 2018
460 Park Ave, 6th Fl, NYC
Gallery Korea of the Korean Cultural Center New York is pleased to announce Cardinal Planes - the first Call for Artists 2018 group exhibition of this year that showcases fourteen talented artists: Tae Eun Ahn, Alexis Avlamis, Namwon Choi, Valery Jung Estabrook, Alice Gaskon, Jisook Kim, June Kim, Christina Massey, Sidhi Rajesh Parikh, Avani Patel, Goeun Seo, Ritu Sinha, and Kazaan Viveiros.
Artists were selected by a panel of three art professionals based in New York; Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator of The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Iris Inhee Moon, Director of Free Art Zone International, Inc.; and Andrew Weinstein, Associate Professor of the Department of the History of Art, Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY.
Cardinal planes are hypothetical three dimensional coordinates used to describe the movements of the human body. Three imaginary planes: the frontal plane, sagittal plane and horizontal plane, are axised in the center of the body in order to find out where structures are located and to understand the relation of gestures and how they are connected.
In this exhibition, rather than using the term in the anatomical sense, “cardinal planes” are used for psychological self-examination as humans living in the contemporary world. In today’s society, individuals are no longer categorized or limited to certain roles. If there were any limitations in actions that we could take in the past, no longer are we restricted today. With the infinite potential of the cardinal planes, innumerable postures, stances, and directions can be made via the coordinates. Though the chances of inner conflict or even confusion may rise, we have gained more freedom now than ever in choosing who we would like to be.
In Cardinal Planes, the artist metaphorically gestures in different poses to express themselves in today’s world. We have grouped the artists using symbolic cardinal planes by the way that their works describe the various human conditions in current society. All together, they illustrate the range of diversity and potential in the dynamic contemporary art world.
About the Artists
Living and working in London and Seoul, Tae Eun Ahn is a Korean visual artist who uses the body and its movement as a core medium in her works. Ahn studied Sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design (BFA) and the Royal College of Art (MA). Exploring the phenomenological body and its movement as tools to seek meaning in one’s existence, her process-oriented work mainly takes form as performance, video, and installation pieces. Her works have been featured in international exhibitions including Charlie Smith London and Camden Art Centre in London; Palazzon Ca’ Zanardi in Venice; and Segyo Experimental Art Centre in South Korea. In 2017, Ahn won the Anthology Award 2017 and the Khojaly Peace Prize.
Alexis Avlamis lives and works between Athens and London. Avlamis is a painter who is influenced by Surrealist Automatism. Juried shows and competitions include: the Stencil Art Prize, Australia; the Day Dreamers, Bg Gallery, California; the Bloom Award, Shortlisted, Cologne; the Artist Statement, CICA Museum, Korea; the Anthology, Charlie Smith London, UK; the Mamut Art Project, Istanbul; the IEAA Award Laureates, Dubai, Brussels; the Dave Bown Projects, New York; the Heart Revive, Sunshine Museum. Beijing; the Drawing Center Viewing Program, New York, and several others. He has attended residencies in China, USA, and Finland, has been published and interviewed internationally; Avlamis’s works can be found in private and museum collections.
Namwon Choi creates drawings, paintings of highway on canvas paper and used tires as a means of portraying her life in transition. Choi is an artist and educator based in Savannah, GA. Choi has an MFA in Drawing and Painting from Georgia State University and an MFA in Oriental Painting from Hongik University of Seoul, Korea. She has been an artist in residence at VCCA, Hambidge, and MASS MoCA studios. Her most recent solo exhibitions were at the Artist Homes Gallery in Berlin and Stanley Beaman & Sears Gallery in Atlanta, GA. Currently, she is a professor of Foundation Studies at Savannah College of Art and Design.
Valery Jung Estabrook questions the human tendency to categorize other human beings, either by race, culture, or gender, and how we transcend these identities. She has BA in Visual Arts from Brown University and MFA in Painting and Drawing from Brooklyn College, New York. Her works have been shown in numerous international art exhibitions and art events including the Los Angeles Underground Film Forum , California; Bideodromo Video Festival, Bilbao, Spain; CHANNELS Biennial Video Art Festival , Melbourne, Australia; SPRING/BREAK Art Show , New York, NY; and A.I.R. Gallery , Brooklyn, NY.
Alice Gaskon focuses on dividing lines, such as political borders and social barriers in her works. Gaskon received her MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and is a graduate from Architecture (WSEiZ). She lives and works in New York. She received grants and residencies from StartPoint Prize, Saatchi Screen Project, NYFA, ArtSlant, Wprost, and the Ministry of Culture. Gaskon has been exhibited widely in numerous solo and group shows in Europe and North America, including Balzer Projects in Basel, Switzerland, Solo Positions in Berlin,Germany, Le Guern in Warsaw, Poland, Ledygel Institute in Hungary, Noyes Art Museum- NJ, Chashama, the Times Square Alliance, US, Artissima, Italy, Viennafair, Austria, and the Saatchi Screen Project, United Kingdom.
Jisook Kim expresses her inner world as sculptural installations as well as drawings using marbling patterns. She was born in Incheon, Korea and works and lives in New York City. She received a BFA and a MFA in sculpture from SungShin Women's University in Seoul, Korea. Her sculptures, drawing, and installations has been exhibited extensively in Korea and in the United States. Several of the examples are Built Emotions at Gallery Sensei, New York; Emotions at Nabi Museum, New Jersey; Hello My Friends at Alternative Space Noon, Korea; the 10th Annual Governors Island Art Fair, New York; Affordable Art Fair, New York; and the 4th Community Art Project at Flushing Town Hall, Queens, NY. She is also the winner of the 39th Incheon Art Contest, Korea.
June Kim creates red thread sculptures to visualize her internal conception on invisible human connections. She was born and raised in South Korea and currently works in Los Angeles after she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts at the Art Center College of Design. Kim participated in various numbers of art exhibitions in California including the Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine; H Gallery, Ventura; Tag Gallery, Santa Monica, and Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica. Her work was chosen for Art Basel in Miami 2012 and the California Open Exhibition 2013. Her work, “Intersection,” won a solo show in 2017 at 825 gallery. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Art Association for 5 years.
To Youngmi Kim, the act of sewing is a meditative process of finding herself. She uses needle, thread, and recycled fabrics to visualize and express this procedure. Kim currently lives and works in New York. She has studied Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, and Sculpture and Mixed Media from the National Academy of Fine Art in New York. Kim is a budding artist who was selected to be included in The Creative Mischief exhibitions at the National Academy of Fine Arts, curated by Maurizio Pellegrin. For her outstanding achievements during her program at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Kim was awarded the Ralph Fabri scholarship along with many others.
Christina Massey’s enigmatic abstract monoprints are greatly influenced by nature. Massey’s work has been exhibited extensively in the NY metropolitan area and abroad in cities such as London, Toronto and Tokyo. She has won multiple awards for her work including most recently the SIP Fellowship at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, Puffin Foundation Grant, and Merit Scholarship at Urban Glass. Massey’s work can be found in multiple private and public collections including the Janet Turner Print Museum and Credit Suisse. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Sidhi Rajesh Parikh uses slum visuals in Dharavi, India to highlight not only the design aspect of the areas but also to contain and understand the urban landscape. Parikh currently works in Mumbai has earned a BFA in Painting from the University of Nashik, Mumbai and a Masters in Art History & Aesthetics from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Gujarat. Parikh has participated in numbers of art shows organized by acclaimed art galleries in India such as CIMA Art Gallery, Kolkata; Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; and Durbar Hall Art Gallery, Cochin. She was awarded a “Special Honorable Award” at the Art Maestro in 2017, and “Women Artist Award” by Prafulla Dahanukar Foundation for the Mumbai zone in Painting, Mumbai in 2017.
Born in Mumbai, India and currently working and living in New York, Avani Patel creates paintings based on Indian music and performance to invite the viewers to experience a universe of color and pattern in motion. Patel holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from Temple University. Her paintings have been exhibited in New York, Providence, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Chicago, Dubai, Panama, and Mexico. Avani was invited in 2005 by the American Embassy in Panama to hold workshops in schools and art centers, creating collaborative installations about everyday objects one’s personal life. In 2007, she taught artists living with mental illnesses. Most recently, Avani worked on the public project America’s Chinatown Voices at Columbus Park in New York City, organized by the Asian American Art Center in 2008 and 2009.
Goeun Seo is a multidisciplinary designer and artist based in New York City. Her fairy-tale-like paintings intend to provoke childhood memories and dreams that were kept dormant for a long time. She attended the School of Visual Arts to earn her master’s degree in Design. Likewise, she has had more than 25 years of fine arts experience. She has won a number of awards in fine arts and design ranging from national to international. Her works were shown in numerous galleries located in Seoul and New York such as ILWOO SPACE, Seoul; Cloud Gallery, New York; Asian Students and Young Artists Art Festival, Seoul; and SPACEWOMb Gallery, New York.
Through her paintings, Ritu Sinha talks about her personal dark stories, but treats them as something to overcome and to communicate with other people. Sinha has mastered in Painting from Banasthali Vidyapith, Rajasthan. Sinha moved to Delhi in 2002 and was trained in fresco painting,s but continuously worked on experimenting with different materials. Sinha has participated in numerous group exhibitions and art events held in India including All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society, New Delhi; State Art Gallery, Hyderabad; and Artscape, Punjab. For her outstanding works, she won the Kalanand Art Award from Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation in 2016, and the Glenfiddich AIR Emerging Artist of the Year Award, organized by BestCollegeArt in 2015.
Kazaan Viveiros who lives and works in Frenchtown, NJ uses heads of threatened or endangered animals in her paintings as focal points in addressing ideas of value and loss in contemporary society. After earning an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, she began exhibiting work in exhibitions in the US and Europe, having solo shows in cities such as New York, San Francisco, and Rome, Italy. Her paintings have been collected by corporations like eBay and Capital One, as well as by individuals such as Wal-Mart’s Rob Walton and novelist Danielle Steel. Five of Viveiros’s paintings are permanently installed in the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She became a fellow at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts in 2015.