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Summer Exhibitions at whitespace (saturdays)

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Courtesy Kyoung Chun and whitespace gallery
Blank and Cold Coffee Corner | In Kyoung Chun
Saturday July 20, 2024 03:00 PM EDT
Cost: Free
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From the venue:

After Dark | Susanna Coffey

1. After Dark  

“In the hours after dark, I can see what is mine to paint. As night falls, places, persons, things that seem familiar, ordinary or well-known, take on different appearances. These are simple, after-sunset mysteries; the shabby boathouse becomes a golden pavilion, a snowy parking lot scintillates and glitters almost into abstraction and a country gas station shines in vivid color.

How could I not want to sit patiently and wait to see the colors of darkness emerge and differentiate from the luminosity of stars, the moon’s bright face, of lit up windows, neon signs and glowing fires? While I can barely see my palette or painting surface, the darkness enables me to explore the mixing of color on that palette in a more reckless and improvisational way than I can during the day.

One night, I looked up from my canvas to see a fox watching me from the edge of the woods.

I began this way of working in 1996 after seeing Jean-François Millet’s Starry Night at the Yale University Art Gallery. Vincent van Gogh loved and famously emulated this painting. Van Gogh was deeply affected by Millet‘s art with its focus on seemingly ordinary people and places. I have admired both of these artists for their gift of revealing the magical nature within what is usually considered mundane.

In After Dark, you will see paintings made in a variety of locations: cities, country sides, night clubs or artist’s studios. Most of these works were made as I traveled for my work as a teacher and lecturer. Though no matter my schedule, or where I go or why, night time and its reveals are always there for me, allowing me to be the artist I am.”

exhibit page here

Knock Twice | Kole Nichols

2. Knock Twice  

“Knock Twice is an exhibition of new paintings and etchings by Kole Nichols that explore physical architectural thresholds as metaphorical representations of a psychological and emotional journey of transition. Through gates, windows, and doors, there is offered a tangible sense of passage and transformation through the framework of a built environment. These liminal structures at once present potential pathways, as well as obstacles to ones’s journey.

Accompanying the work is a musical score composed and produced by artist Terrence Wimberly. Through the combination of field, and vocal recordings, as well as digital, and analogue instruments, the work yields a seven track, twenty-seven-minute journey. The composition’s recurring musical motifs swell, wax, and wane, merging each track with the last, reflecting a sense of its transient and surreal nature as it projects a potential space that resides beyond physical thresholds.”

exhibit page here

Blank and Cold Coffee Corner | In Kyoung Chun

3. Blank And Cold Coffee Corner  

“Blank and Cold Coffee Corner” offers a brief glimpse into In Kyoung Chun’s daily life in and around her studio. The installation loosely expresses the artist’s activities, such as eating, talking, reading, making, and even doing nothing, taking place in this private corner.

The corner is an essential space where In Kyoung can process her thoughts, behaviors, and events in a natural and intimate way. Using visual cues from the drawings and sculptures, this installation seeks to share the energy and meaning that the corner provides to In Kyoung, who, in turn, wants to share with her audience.

exhibit page here

In Love Me Right Now | Neill Prewitt

4. In Love Me Right Now  

“In Love Me Right Now”, an installation by Neill Prewitt, a small video reaches out to viewers from a crack in the gallery wall. Putting their eye to the crack, the viewer is engaged with a sensual, immersive experience. In the video, the artist dances in front of a large drawing, moving his body in and out of its abstracted anthropomorphic shape and toward the viewer, demanding “love me, right now.” Responding to the ubiquity of insubstantial videos constantly jittering for our attention from screens embedded everywhere in our environment, Prewitt’s intervention in the gallery opens dialogue between the body and the image, and creates a palpable tension between exterior environments and interior mindscapes.

exhibit page here

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