Sun Young Byun, The House in the Painting, the Painting in the House, 2008
SUN YOUNG BYUN | THE LOST IDENTITY OF VALUE
featuring JIN NU
November 7th 2008, 7 - 9 pm
ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES BERLIN | BEIJING
Sophienstrasse 21, ground floor (former Contemporary Fine Arts)
Tues - Fri 10 am - 6 pm
Sat 11 am - 6 pm
THE LOST IDENTITY OF VALUE
"Maybe, our lives, like the paintings, are going through a phase of disordered value: valued and unvalued objects are ostensibly arranged in our home, school, society and lives."
The works by Korean painter Sun Young Byun are dealing with the idea of value that items of everyday life can lose or assume for us. In her interiors, detailed and accurately painted patterns blend into each other, thus conveying the impression of precious fabrics and materials of individually lived- in worlds, which nevertheless look strangely incoherent. White spaces burst open within the rooms, their shapes significant to the object, that should be placed here, but is obviously absent.
World-famous paintings hang on the walls or stand on a chest of drawers, but they're reduced into calender pages or small reproductions of themselves: "(...) but through my paintings, there bears no resemblance between the patterns, the painted images, the still life objects, the furniture… everything looks like a hybrid of each other; era, culture and space, each lost underneath each other's identity."
Byun's images show us the unavailing attempt of a manifestation of values between dreams of life and everyday occurences, individuality and anonymity. They indicate the permanently changing twilight zone between the imprint, that people actually leave in their homes and lives, and the image of how they would want this imprint to look like.
We present Sun Young Byun together with the Chinese sculptor Jin Nu, who's fairytale-like works ask question about female identity and role assignment issues within society. Her sculpture "My fairy Tale - Perfect", for example, tells the story about an already very beautyful girl, who feels that beauty isn't enough and therefore kills a shark to make herself a Mermaid's tail. She breaks her own beauty and wholeness to become something even more perfect.
The artist Sun Young Byun will be present.
COMING SOON NEW LOCATION IN BEIJING
No. 13, courtyard 241, Caochangdi, Cuigezhuang, Chaoyang District, 100015 Beijing