Emmanuel Fremin Gallery is delighted to present Concrete Jungle, a new exhibition featuring the works of Hung Yi and Young Sam Kim. Concrete Jungle will run from November 16 to December 30, 2017 with an artist reception on Thursday, November 16 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Yi creates animated and personified interpretations of colorfuls animals based on symbols from Taiwanese traditions which are believed to be lucky. The artist hand paints the whimsical sculptures with patterns and texts that are aligned with fortuitous intention. Yi’s works are displayed in many locations not only in Taiwan which include airports, theater halls, plazas and universities but all around the world. From breaking with customary exhibition displays to working in spaces not confined by traditional architectural structures, or streets in the heart of a city, Hung Yi has broken the rules with his signature public art. Given the scope of his vision, it might not be surprising that he is one of the most representative Asian artists of his generation, having exhibited in Hong Kong, China, Japan, San Francisco, New York, and now D.C., where all kinds of landscapes have become part of his creation.
The Heart Shaped Snail, edition of 9
Young Sam Kim
Kim's new series invites the spectator to ask what an alternative construction physically and spiritually would look like. Here, it’s an imagined tour through the psychology and philosophy of the modern world that aims to change the way we view about settlement of an urban plan. Each of us forgets to look at the beauty and the congruity behind the concrete worlds when we are faced with the complexity and the chaos of it. Young invites us to perceive the harmony of diffusiveness and disjointedness. Conceding that we are inconveniently vulnerable to the color of concrete can also mean that our sense of purpose may easily be derailed by an unfortunate hue in the sky, so in this true spirit of wonder, our task is to acknowledge the question of what is beautiful is impossible to elucidate, something better left for our hearts and eyes to coyly discover in Young’s mysterious settlements. What truly matters here is how the artist keeps premises in perspective by juxtaposing the layers of contemporary architecture elements and preceding actuals.