From October 23rd through December 4th, Waterfall Mansion & Gallery will present the first major solo exhibition of renowned Korean artist, Lee Sung-Kuen. Lee’s figurative works, which represent organic life and growth, are composed of thin, short-length wires and brightly colored knots. The netted steel volumes that he produces juxtapose the heaviness of metal and the light, creating a fluid dynamic between shape and space that both penetrates and expands the space the work inhabits. In an effort to harmonize material substance and immaterial space, Lee disappears the distance between shape and space, and instead emphasizes the shifting mobility and elasticity of his pieces. In this way, the pieces do not form or become an object, but instead permeate and adapt to their surroundings, enriching the space around it and creating a unique sculpture of situation.
Hidden away as a gem in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, is the Waterfall Mansion & Gallery. Kate Shin, founder and developer, envisioned a space that brought art into the frame of lifestyle: "Artful Living."
Before the being converted into the contemporary art gallery it is today, 170 E 80th Street was home to Leslie and D.D. Tillett, two of the most influential textile designers of the postwar era. Their prints were associated with the likes of Claire McCardell and Jacqueline Kennedy. For two generations, the Tillett family artisans and craftsmen used the carriage house as a residence and studio since the 40's. In honor of the heritage of the property, Kate Shin designed the facade directly from a painting of the original building. The home was redesigned to be a state of the art modern gallery. With five floors including a professional grade kitchen, spacious terrace, and rooftop with a skyline view, every area of the house was designed to house prolific contemporary artworks in the context of a high-end modern home.
Each room is thoughtfully curated with Sculpture, Paintings, Photography, Mixed Media, Installations, Ceramics, and Video Arts. The 20-foot indoor waterfall provides a stunning impact while giving the entire gallery space a peaceful and unique environment for art viewing.
Our vision is to create dynamic and powerful artful experiences by working with the artists to create prolific contemporary work. We then work to curate exhibitions that showcase and tell provocative and strong stories and empower people through art education. We build a platform to connect artists to the top 1% of collectors, culture and taste makers, and international opportunities.