A Layer of the #1L

September 17 – November 6, 2011

The Invisible Dog Art Center

(51 bergen street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201)

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 17, 7 - 10 PM

The Invisible Dog Art Center presents Korean-born mixed media artist Chong Gon Byun’s special exhibition ‘A LAYER OF THE #1L’ with The French Institute Alliance Française. In this installation, the walls of the combined residence and studio are lined with shelves and cabinets stuffed with books and objects of every description: African and oceanic masks; totems; skulls; musical instruments; ornate frames; mirrors; images and replicas of Castro, Ho Chi Min, Marilyn Monroe, and Mickey Mouse; reproductions of Leonardo’s Mona Lisa and his Last Supper; and esoteric 17th century Italian paintings. They all jostle with globes of the world, plastic fruits and flowers, stuffed parrots, metallic insects, lamps, vintage appliances, springs, coils, and mannequin heads and bodies. The space itself is the artwork and it is from this treasure trove that Byun draws inspiration and constructs his witty and poignant works. 

Byun’s installation will be complemented by the commissioned short film, Byun, Objet Trouve, by director Marie Losier.

Miro Yoon