Warm Up the Skinny Jeans, Kids – Art to Check Out This Weekend! 2/24-26

Still all hot and bothered from the Neil Bender exhibit?  Take a breath, have a beer.  We’re heading from raunchy baroque to elegant simplicity this weekend.  Mindy Solomon is bringing it classy, so put away the velcro’s and slip on the lace-up’s – we’re heading to St. Pete this weekend.

Mindy Solomon Gallery – Meditative Journeys    Sat. 2/25 6pm-8pm

Mindy Solomon Gallery reaches into its cache of artists this Saturday to present the work of Sungyee Kim and Kang Hyo Lee.  Meditative Journeys focuses on the ancient and contemporary tendencies peculiar to Korean art.

You may have noticed contemporary Korean art is especially sought after at the moment (sort of the way Mexican-ish art is with the Low-brow/graphic design set).  Korean art’s simple composition and bright color choice (not to mention its nod to Taoism, I Ching, and often Buddhism) contribute to it standing out.

I really hate to lump an entire ethnicity of artists together distinct from the rest of the art world.  It reminds me of a recent interview with Ai Wei Wei in which the writer told him “Some people call you the chinese Andy Warhol”.  Wei Wei responded by saying “I don’t see that.  No, I’d say that Andy Warhol is the American Ai Wei Wei.”  However, while there is something about the contemporary Korean aesthetic that’s congruent with the Western Art world, there is more that makes it distinctly Korean.  It’s this mix that makes the work particularly pleasing.

It’s also this mix that’s easily seen in the paintings of Sungyee Kim.  The paintings seem to have been painted today and brought back in time to mature.  It isn’t a coincidence that these paintings match the ceramic work of Kang Hyo Lee so well.  Ceramic art is where Korean art as well as the Mindy Solomon Gallery excel.  Meditative Journeys may ask for longer, quiet consideration.   Personally, a little break from the like button/retweet world is in order.  This show seems like a good place to start.

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