Where: Ro2 Art | The Cedars
1501 S Ervay, Dallas, TX 75215
When: November 2 – November 30, 2019
Artist Reception: Saturday November 2, 7-10 PM
Dallas, November 2019 – Ro2 is proud to present Space/Time…Continuum a solo exhibition featuring new works by artist Yuni Lee. The show will run from November 2nd through November 30th. There will be an artist reception held on Saturday, November 2nd from 7-10 PM at Ro2’s Cedars gallery located at 1501 S Ervay Street, Dallas, TX 75215. Collectors will have the opportunity to preview works before the show beginning October 26.
Artist Yuni Lee explores the relationships between humanity and nature in her upcoming solo exhibition, ‘Space/Time…Continuum’. By drawing inspiration from organic forms in our environment and juxtaposing them with man-made mechanical structures, Lee captures the essence of humanity’s interactions with the Earth. Her application of traditional painting techniques intertwined with rhythmic usage of mixed media further accentuate the beautiful, complex affair with the natural world.
My inspiration is in seeking to elaborate between the link of humanity and nature. In translating the familiar and strange of the elegant patterns around us, as well as describe my thoughts on environmental consciousness, I chose natural paradigms: flowers, trees, leaves, fruit, and animals; I contrast that with human made structures, machinery, technology, etc. In juxtaposing the themes and shapes organically and rhythmically using recycled mixed media as well as traditional painting techniques, my goal is to create those discrete moments that can relay the strange and beautiful circumstance that is our humanity and place in the natural world. In understanding that the human influence on the environment is as much a part of nature as is what is also born from the earth, we can find balance in our habits, our perception and beauty in what is both taken from and given back to us, our home, our Earth.
About the Artist
From an early age I was inspired by traditional Korean artwork, the beauty of mainstream Korean culture, as well as many multicultural contemporary artists. As an international student, born in South Korea and coming to America, it was with high expectations, passion, and an eagerness to further my artistic expression. The journey started at Brookhaven College with drawing and painting as well as academic courses, then I transferred to the University of Texas at Dallas where I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Art and Performance. I graduated from the University of North Texas in 2016 with a Master’s degree for Fine Arts, Drawing and Painting. I am currently teaching Drawing I at the University of North Texas and Drawing I and II at Cedar Valley College.
My earlier inspiration drew from the Korean Chosun period (1392-1910) traditional folk art, or Minwha, that is characterized by its general simplicity and purity. There is a similar place of harmony in the themes of my work which is also influenced by Beatriz Milhazes and the Pattern and Decoration movement; noting Beatriz’s vibrant use of color and patterns and translating it with my own interpretation of the playful, rhythmic, geometric and psychedelic qualities.
Many different cultural ideas of color and form, as well as my own culture appear in my interdisciplinary work: painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and photography are used to discover new way to express my ideas. Some of my new works involve mixed media, broadening my style by incorporating visual themes of patterns and shapes.
My work combines geometric pattern and with the characteristics of organic pattern and forms from different culture and nature. Studying cultural ideas of pattern and shape is useful for expressing myself. I discover the familiar or strange in elegant patterns. In my work I choose flowers, trees, leaves, fruit, and some animals from nature, and I modify their shapes. I contrast that with human made structures, machinery, technology, etc. The viewer engages with the piece by allowing their own visual, culture experiences to influence their view of the outcome of the form and its future possibilities.
My decision to research patterns and shapes from different cultures and nature has stemmed from my interest in the narrative quality and variety of geometric and organic ideas in patterns; into which I metamorphose into variations of the original images.
The subject for my work is always evolving and flowing, very much like the organic shapes that are detailed and creatively fascinating. There is a theme of the passage of time utilizing colors which blend American pop art and contemporary art that describes my works.
About Ro2 Art
Ro2 Art, a contemporary fine art gallery located in The Cedars Neighborhood near Downtown Dallas, represents a diverse group of emerging, mid-career, and established contemporary artists – many with ties to the North Texas Region. The gallery, founded in 2010 by mother-and-son partners Susan Roth Romans and Jordan Roth, regularly collaborates with organizations such as The MAC and Cedars Union and maintains an exhibition program within the Magnolia Theatre at West Village and other satellite venues. Ro2 Art has been named Dallas Observer’s “Best Art Gallery” and was presented with the 25th Annual Obelisk Award for small business by the North Texas Business Council for the Arts. The gallery’s art fair program has included the Dallas Art Fair, Texas Contemporary, and Art Aspen.
All works will be on view from November 2nd through November 30th. Please join us for the artist reception on Saturday, November 2nd from 7-10 PM at Ro2 Art, located at 1501 S Ervay St, Dallas TX 75215. For more information, visit www.Ro2art.com, or call Jordan Roth at (214) 803-9575.