January 7 - February 4, 2003
Gallery Korea at the Korean Cultural Center New York
(460 Park Ave. 6th Floor, New York, NY 10022)
The perception of an artwork involves a measure of alignment between the image presented by the artist and its recognition by a viewer. The perception of much abstract art is influenced by the feelings of the viewer and yet geometric and completely abstract designs can have the specific character of written language. In this exhibition lines predominates in four of the artists’ work. Akiko Kotani uses sewn thread to outline mysterious objects in a shallow pictorial space. Diana Jacobs’ etchings represent rope and fibre sections and in several works showing the loosening of woven lines she includes actual fibers as collage elements. Mahmoud Hamadani explores the ways simple lines can be multiplied and articulate emotional character in a various compositions. Michael Hopkins invests small dabs and strokes of ink with subtle changes of emphasis and energy to create dynamic arrangements on tiny sheets of paper.
The two painters in this exhibition combine linear elements to give definition to abstract space. The uneven line running across the center of Eel Kwon Kim’s is made at the edge where two colors meet and becomes an horizon separating sky from earth. In Francesca Cho’s paintings lines create tree shapes within an atmospheric space that resembles landscape.