April 27 – May 26, 2007
Opening Reception: Friday, April 27th from 6-8 PM
We are pleased to announce Seonna Hong’s second solo show with Oliver Kamm/5BE Gallery.
“Our Endless Numbered Days” is a darker, more introspective step into the world of a girl where ominous black birds, bears and horses loom and languish as harbingers of some kind of doom. These silhouettes, outlines of our actual selves, cause tumult and discomposure in the mind of the protagonist. But it may be that this chaos is the appropriate provocation for change, forward momentum, and even hope.
Working on canvas, Hong continues to use a flat painterly style. Large areas of negative space, left raw and unfinished, push up against smaller moments of obsession represented in the details of embroidery. Cut pieces of canvas add to the texture and feeling of these pieces, creating subtle dimension and depth.
In a series of smaller untitled paintings, Hong uses more abstract imagery – a shadowy representation of transition and movement.
Hong was a recipient of a 2006 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, and opened her first solo museum show as a part of the “Suburban” series at the Knoxville Museum of Art.
We are also pleased to announce that Seonna Hong will show with Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. in Japan in 2008. Founded by Takashi Murakami in 2001, Kaikai Kiki is a multilateral art enterprise. Its goals include the production and promotion of fine art, as well as the management and support of select young artists, and the organization of art-related events and projects. This will mark Kaikai Kiki’s first exhibition with a US based artist in Japan.
Oliver Kamm/5BE Gallery is located at 621 West 27th Street on the ground floor. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from11-6.