The Diana Lowenstein Gallery is pleased to announce the first two new solo exhibitions for 2014. An opening reception will take place on Saturday, February 8th, from 6 to 9pm during the Wynwood Second Saturday Gallery Walk. Charlotte Squire will be presented in Miami for the first time, while artist Uisuk Byeon returns once more. Both exhibitions will be on view through April 4th.
My process involves working on the floor with gravity. This refers back to the oriental paintings from my undergraduate studies. Materiality of paintings plays an important role. When I came to the United States in 2006, above all other things the experience of using different materials itself was a new challenge and main concern. Since then my interest in materials has evolved. Through rhythmical patterns of cracked lines that are created as paint dries, I find its own aesthetic beauty. I see the perfectness of a form created by natural consequences, and there is not much that I can control designing craquelure line. I like this uncontrolledness of it all, as in life as well. The unstretched canvases on wood panels show the power relationship of pushing and pulling between fabric and paint which occurs as it dries. It causes wrinkles on the edges of fabric and I intentionally leave the materials evident without making it clean at the edge. Viewers can perceive what is happening on the back of big colored paintings from these small works showing the back of fabrics with subtle patterns.
Crack lines are somewhat like ever-changing water waves. Water has long been the one of my main inspirations. By its own materiality, fluidity, transparency and reflexibility, it keeps creating transitory phenomena of imagery. As I watch flowing water in a sea or river, I reflect myself on it and think about it as an ephemeral existence, which is also for me the moment of transcendental experience. Just looking at a canvas and observing what material can do itself is a large part of my working process. I am interested in painting as experience, always active and changing. I am fascinated by the subtleness in color and cracked patterns that inevitably draws viewers to get close.
Uisuk Byeon is originally from Korea and currently lives in Boston, MA. She received her MFA from The Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 and has exhibited widely internationally.
Tuesday - Friday from 10am to 5pm
Saturday from 10am to 3pm
- Uisuk Byeon, Fall foliage, 48x48 Inch, Acrylic on canvas, 2013
- Uisuk Byeon, Black river, 24x24 Inch, Acrylic on canvas, 2013
- Uisuk Byeon, Harmony, 48x48 Inch, Acrylic on canvas, 2013
- Uisuk Byeon, Flow, 20x20 Inch, Acrylic on canvas, 2013
- Uisuk Byeon, Sound of spring, 48x48 Inch, Acrylic on canvas, 2013
- Uisuk Byeon, Materiality of Paint, 17x17 Inch, Acrylic paint on unstretched canvas on wood panel, 2014