The Gabarron Foundation, Carriage House Center for the Arts at 149 East 38th St, New York, NY presents 'JUNGHI HAN: Voice of Nature', a solo exhibition, curated by Suechung Koh. This show will be on view from July 18 to August 30, 2013 and will be celebrated with an opening reception on Friday July 19, 2013 from 6-8 pm.
Junghi Han is a multi-media artist who exhibits her paintings of nature in this show. However, whether she is engaging with the painted idiom or sculptural installation, Han is usually dealing with the issue of spirituality and the transcendence of material existence. Consequently, when she produces flowering trees they stand as metaphors for the cycle of life and the transmigration of the soul, but can also be read as symbols of enlightenment. Some of her landscapes are bereft of blossoms and bright colors as are some of the 'Voice of Nature' series. Some works appear as snowbound areas of ice floes and other suggestive elements of icy winter.
Although the Voice of Nature series is comprised of abstract works, they offer their own possible readings; a ghost galley ship stranded on ice, or a partially destroyed city containing several vertical shapes read as buildings, evidenced by Voice of Nature series. The Taoist paradise is usually represented with flowering trees and abundant rustic scenery, as some of Han’s canvases exemplified by Voice of Nature, 2013 (Acrylic on Canvas, 36x48”). The painting's white purity is relieved by yellow mimosa-like round blossoms and the blossoming trees are signaling the end of frosty winter, filling the air with their scent, and the eye with pleasure. According to Chinese legend, every woman is represented by a particular tree or flower in the next world. The color of cherry trees is much appreciated by artists and poets who extol its ruby tones; emblems of the fair sex. In her painting Voice of Nature, 2013, Han combines her Eastern roots seen in the flowering bushes of the foreground, and the white night's atmosphere of her adoptive country of Sweden. Here, the background sky is bright turquoise with touches of white containing small houses dotting the middle ground, while the city on the far right appears dark and densely populated with tall buildings. The foreground is full of pink and red flowers dispelling the winter chill. The Voice of Nature paintings can be compared to nature in their elegance and their beautiful coloristic symphonies that magically suggest not only the return of abundance and springtime, but also the return of hope.
Suechung Koh began her career as a classical pianist with a Master’s degree in music from the Manhattan School of Music. For the past 6 years Koh has been mounting celebrated exhibitions after having completed her curatorial training with Dr. Thalia Vrachopoulos, Professor of Fine Arts and Curatorial Studies at John Jay College of the City University of New York.
The Gabarron Foundation – Carriage House Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization and an exclusive international center specializing in art exhibitions and other cultural activities. Its main objective is the promotion of Culture, making this multicultural space a reference in the City of New York. Since 2002 the Carriage House has aspired to be an excellent platform for the propagation of Hispanic culture in the United States. This organization promotes exchange and understanding between cultures, providing a space for interaction and enhanced appreciation of emerging and established cultural figures from a diverse palette of countries.
For More Information Contact:
The Gabarron Foundation, 149 East 38th St, New York, NYC, 212 573 6968 / infoGF@gabarron.org or
Curator Suechung Koh firstname.lastname@example.org, 201 724 7077