COLOR AND SHAPES: Geri Taper

Geri Taper (1929–2004) moved to New York City in 1976 from Pittsburgh where she had established herself as a leading artist, her career culminating in a show of large-scale works at the inaugural exhibition of the Sarah Scaife Gallery at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Drawn to the vitality and promise of an emergent Soho, Taper vigorously pursued a career that included individual and group exhibitions at the city’s foremost galleries (David McKee, A.M. Sachs, Theodore Haber), foundation grants for special projects (New York Foundation for the Arts), commissions for the interior and exterior renovation of commercial and industrial properties in Long Island City (Falchi, Redstone Rocket and Center Buildings), and the design of a multi- colored banner at Queensboro Plaza Station sponsored by the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

For more than 25 years, Taper's paintings have been involved with forms through color. The lyrical energy of form flows from one painting to the next with bold colors and forms changing shape from one to the next. 

"The images are the music" 

"Believed that we don't see with out eyes, but with our vision"

-Geri Taper

 

FILLING THE PLANE: Richard Hassell

Richard Hassell is an Australian-born architect and artist who has lived in Singapore since 1989. He founded the architectural practice WOHA with Wong Mun Summ in 1989. WOHA has exhibited their work in the Venice Biennale, most recently with a video installation entitled “Fragments of an Urban Future” and in New York at the Skyscraper Museum with “Garden City| Mega City” both in 2016. WOHA have received 7 President’s Design Awards, Singapore’s highest design accolade.

Richard’s art practice intersects with the architectural practice, and explores complex geometries and tiling. Growing up with his brother, mathematician Professor Andrew Hassell of the Analysis and Geometry Program at the National University of Australia, recreational mathematics including the art of M.C. Escher was an early source of delight and wonder. Since 2004 Richard has extended M.C.Escher’s work on tessellations and symmetry into new geometries discovered after Escher’s death. These complex geometries have also been incorporated into the designs of WOHA’s buildings.

His book, “Strange Creatures” is a series of prints, artworks and wall panels, and includes tessellations based on fractals, aperiodic tiling and plane-filling curves. The designs reference not only Escher and recent science, but also traditional art of the region, including South East Asian textiles and tribal art.

Learn more at: https://richardhassell.net/

 

A HAPPY DONUT MAN: Jae Yong Kim

"I started to create donut works in 2008, when I was in depression. During that time, I asked myself what makes me happy, and redefined the happiness in my life. I thought that fame, money, and power creates happiness success. I create a circular mold, then create a donut with fluid clay. I dry the clay donut and put it into the bisque fire. I apply underglaze to create each unique design. After painting, I put into bisque fire once more. The second bisque fire will clear out all the debris and look stronger. Then I glaze the donut and put into glaze fire. Sometimes I do multi-firing in order to make the perfect donut. Also I put decorative crystals for some of the pieces. During the time when I created the series of donuts, I made a connection to the choir singing in harmony at Brooklyn Tabernacle Church. Looking at the beautiful choir singing together, I wanted to create donuts with colorful clothes. I wish that people can see each one’s unique beauty within the diverse world."

-Jae Yong Kim 

VISUALIZING SOUND: Gil Kuno

"I am fascinated by chaos, noise, and entropy – a force of nature that we find difficult to control. Without control, the artist becomes a channel for a higher power (that articulates through him/her.) I find this collaborative effort invigorating and believe that the output is always on a much higher plane than when articulating alone.

I try to redirect the flow of the mind outside of the set patterns we are taught by society to construct. Through my work; I try to displace natural activity from its context, revealing an otherwise hidden level of metaphorical absurdity within the ordinary patterns present before our eyes. The goal of sublimating everyday perception underlies many of my projects. I aim to push people away from paradigmatic thinking through various themes and methodologies – aleatoric systems (chance operations,) exaggerated perception, derailed reality and re-envisioning experiences common within everyday life."


-Gil Kuno

SILK AND IRON: Orna Ben-Ami

Israeli-born artist Orna Ben-Ami uses the medium of iron to juxtapose hard and soft, rigid and fluid, heavy and ethereal, permanence and transience, and stillness and movement. A delicate silk dress, a folded mattress, an embroidery hoop, wrinkled paper, and old photographs all tell new stories when translated into welded iron. Her unique take on the relationship between material and concept creates an unexpected yet sophisticated dialogue between the dualities she brings together, utilizing one end of a spectrum while evoking the other.

 

Visit her website for more: http://www.ornabenami.com/home.html

 

THE SEARCH FOR ETERNAL TRUTH: Jinwon Chang

Artist Jinwon Chang focuses on life and God in his pieces as he searches for meaning in ultimate truth. The concept of his work is that it is not his own, but pieces of the truth that is translated through his being. In this way, he acts as a vessel, a piece himself rather than a creator. Through many familiar motifs and symbols that tell the stories of his personal struggles and triumphs on his journey of faith, he visualizes what even he does not know. For Jinwon Chang, art is just as much, if not more, a matter of listening and suppressing as it is a matter of speaking and self-expression.

 

BUTTERFLIES IN BLUE: Hiroko Otake

"The main themes of my paintings are butterflies and flowers. They are coupled together into never ending instants, veiled in uncertainty, where every minute of existence is constantly renewed. I can feel sincerity and candor while observing the nature and the butterflies. Butterfly here means 'Psyche' (from the Greek 'ψυχή') was 'life' in the sense of 'breath', 'spirit', 'soul'. And ultimately 'ego' in the sense of 'conscious personality') I thus paint butterflies in my works representing these symbols: soul, mind, 'Numen'(the power of God) , but also beauty, shimmer, and spiritual renaissance. I started painting butterflies as I felt that similar to them I was able to modify and renew shape, with the unrestricted chances deriving from the ephemeral and transient nature of the change. While painting butterflies and focusing my mind on the literature concerning such theme I have discovered their many symbolic meanings. Through my work I want to express my impressions and feelings combined with the symbolism of butterflies."

-Hiroko Otake

 

CAPTURING LIGHT: Soo Sunny Park

  Korean-American artist Soo Sunny Park explores the harmony between organic and synthetic worlds. Employing the dualities of motion and stillness, transparency and opacity, reflection and refraction, nature and art, an invisible and intimate dance is exposed and materialized in her installation pieces. Paying acute attention to the unique qualities of her materials and the way they behave in relation to space and time, she composes a visual symphony of light and motion. Her works place the epic motions of nature and the secret movements within ourselves in a single space. For more, visit her website: http://soosunnypark.com/

 

Korean-American artist Soo Sunny Park explores the harmony between organic and synthetic worlds. Employing the dualities of motion and stillness, transparency and opacity, reflection and refraction, nature and art, an invisible and intimate dance is exposed and materialized in her installation pieces. Paying acute attention to the unique qualities of her materials and the way they behave in relation to space and time, she composes a visual symphony of light and motion. Her works place the epic motions of nature and the secret movements within ourselves in a single space.

For more, visit her website: http://soosunnypark.com/

 

ART FOR THE MIND AND SOUL: Makoto Fujimura

Makoto Fujimura creates work that concerns itself first and foremost with the heart and intellect. Both an advocate and a creator of the arts, a writer, and a vocal speaker on matters of culture and faith, he explores the educational and communicative properties of art. Fujimura uses color and composition to open discussions on the events of the world and his academic journeys.

Conversations with Makoto Fujimura and Academy-Award winning director, Martin Scorsese: https://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/conversation-martin-scorsese/

For more of Makoto Fujimura's writings and artworks, visit: http://www.makotofujimura.com/

TRANSDIMENSIONAL FORMS: Osang Gwon

Photography and flat images tend to lend themselves to a graphic nature while sculpture and installation often try to assume a spatial-physical impact. Photography and graphic images can also be considered to be the frontier of the modern art aesthetic while sculpture stands as a pillar of the classical mode of art. Osang Gwon attempts to capitalize on the unique features of both arenas with his 'photo-sculptures' which marry the flat and the 3-dimensional, the modern and the classical, and the familiar with fantasy. By implementing the flat textures and values of an image to complement the surface of a 3-dimensional form, the two traditionally segregated worlds begin to both exaggerate and harmonize with one another. The authority of the physical object compensates for the lack of depth and tangible presence in the photographic images, while in turn the graphic and planar language of the flat image offers animation, information, and the introduction of a new visual dimension. In so many ways, Gwon is illustrating the way the modern individual experiences life in a world in which so many different forces collide, conflict, integrate, and manipulate one another to yield something spectacular and strange.

For more, visit: http://osang.net/

FLUID WOOD: Cha Jong Rye

Cha Jong Rye brings breath to still wood as she brings forth a seemingly inherent movement from its surface texture. Through her process, she finds a meditative rhythm which evokes what appear to be the ripples of the spirit of the raw material. In an effort to find the true energy of her self as well as her medium, she dissects and illustrates the forces that exist beyond passive experience and tangible observation.

For more, visit her website: http://jongrye.com/

STILL WOMEN: Carole A. Feuerman

Recognized since the 1970's as one of the most distinguished hyperrealist sculptors in the world, Carole A. Feuerman presents playful yet stoic statements about feminine power and the pursuit of aspirations. Frozen in time, Feuerman's women serve as icons. They are representatives of both the artist herself as a woman and the feminine spirit within the viewer. As a female artist, she speaks about the struggles that accompany being a woman in the art world as well as being a woman in life. With water droplets forever suspended in their tracks on the skin, soft eyelashes that sit still in the facade of contemplation, these resin women embody in our own likeness both the courage and fear that fuel and hinder us.

For more, visit her website: http://www.carolefeuerman.com/

MAGIC AND MACHINES: Ujoo & Limhee Young

Ujoo and Limhee Young, a husband-and-wife duo, are fascinated with dressing the ethereal plane of fantasy in the physical forms of machines and images. With pieces ranging from kinetic Fantasy Stimulating Engines to Secret Keeping Machines, the pair breathes striking life into familiar dreams and feelings. Where cold metal meets the warm nostalgia of fictional stories, strange and wonderful creatures are spawned. 

For more, visit their blog: http://u-joolimheeyoung.blogspot.com/