"Bringing up "

August 17- September 15, 2006

Gallery Korea of the Korean Cultural Service NY
Opening Reception: August 17, 2006, 6 - 8 pm

Mon. - Fri. 10am - 7pm
Sat. 10am - 4pm

Gallery Korea of the Korean Cultural Service NY is pleased to present Bringing Up, a multi media group show of five emerging artists, Ha Rhin Kim, Sungmi Lee, Vivian Lee, Jihyun Park, and Aaron Seeto from August 17 to September 15, 2006. The opening reception will be held at Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Service NY, which is located on 460 Park Avenue, 6th Floor, New York City, on Thursday, August 17th, 2006, between 6-8 pm. 

Ha Rhin Kim, Sungmi Lee, Vivian Lee, Jihyun Park, and Aaron Seeto will exhibit recent drawings, paintings, sculptures, installations, and video arts; exploring the relationship between the self and the world, memory and meditation, collecting and recollecting. They articulate the relationship, history and experience into the urban context and re-construct the world in their own macro or micro vision. 

For Sungmi Lee, art is the process of finding herself. Her recent works entitled ¢®¡ÆDiary¢®¡¾ represent identity and memory of the self. She brings-in the non art materials into the art realm, and the translucent materials she incorporate embodies the identity of self, which is supposed to change against the different context. 

Cultural identity is a crucial theme to Vivian Lee as well. She uses her own hairs to produce sculptures, assemblages, and photographs portraying her body bound with hairs, which stand for her identity and has a role of connecting the history of her female/maternal lineage. 

Aaron Seeto, a Chinese-Australian artist, focuses on the migration history of ancestors. Seeto has been transferring photo images out of his photo collection of known and unknown family members to objects such as eggs and glasses. He emphasizes the photographs¢®? chemical properties, which associates with the past and present. 

Jihyun Park makes comment on linguistic wit and the irony of communication out of his daily experience in this multi cultural society. Combining freely the elements of real world, he creates the unrealistic scene in his sculptors, paper cut drawings, and dioramas. 

Ha Rhin Kim pursues to define the condition of human being and present life as change by adopting ¢®¡ÆRotte Tree¢®¡¾ from Indian mythology, which is said to exist between heaven and earth. Interested in mutation and transformation, she uses the vegetative imagery and her own body as a metaphor for the state of human being in drawing, painting, and video. 

Gallery hours are from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Friday, and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday. For more information, contact Yu Jin Hwang, curator of Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Service NY at 212-759-9550 or nyarts@koreanculture.org. 

Miro Yoon