Jeon Nak, Soonmin Choi

Able Fine Art NY exhibition

Able Fine Art NY

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a new technology, photography, was in its nascent stages. Primarily used as a scientific, documentary tool, it would take decades before artists began experimenting with it as a source of creative work. Early photographs by Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, Eadweard James Muybridge and others hinted at the possibilities of the medium. Eventually, artists like Man Ray and Ansel Adams found a way to express their own personal visions through the camera.

In the second half of the 20th century, abstraction became the predominant voice in the art word, and in recent years, abstract photography is beginning to be explored by inventive artists with complex and varied visions. Able Fine Art Gallery has been poised at the forefront of galleries presenting and promoting cutting-edge abstract photography.

Jeon Nak continues the tradition of seeking to find new ways to utilize technology in his artwork. Lenticular printing has been around for decades. It uses a grooved lens and a special printing technique to simulate the sense of depth or create an apparently moving image. But what was once used for advertising and postcards, or for curiosities or trinkets, is now being employed by artists like Nak to create complex and arresting seemingly three-dimensional works.

In his series titled Axis, swirling vortexes of light and color emerge from a dark ground. The printing methodology allows the image to move and change with the angle of vision. Nak's works depict three-dimensional, imaginary spaces...
<i>When Technique Gives Birth to Vision</i><span>Read</span>
While houses are often regarded as functionary places where people eat, sleep, and interact with one another, for many Koreans, houses are something more than just a domicile or fact of circumstance. The house represents a sensitivity of feeling with a lingering symbolic resonance deeply held within human consciousness, even as one may travel to another place. The house is a symbolic nexus of peace and quietude that reverberates within our sense of well-being. The house is, in fact, our home. It is the central location that begets feelings of brightness and intimacy. For this reason, houses in Korea, over centuries of time, hold a special significance. They are physical structures that carry a legacy of family histories. They include the process of living from day to day with parents, grandparents, and siblings, from generation to generation, over the course of years. The house in Korea is associated with warmth, security, happiness, grief, sorrow, pleasure, growth, withdrawal, evolution, realization, ecstasy, and much more. It is the place in the heart, a place that the mind will never forget.

Soonmin Choi’s ongoing series (since 2005) of modestly scaled paintings and mixed medium works, titled My Father’s House, are about these kinds of memories. They express moments of sincere authenticity, in the purest sense. The bright colors and shapes held within Ms. Choi’s miniature houses suggest moments given over to heightened feelings of quiet celebration and ebullient fulfillment. Her paintings are fundamental statements of faith as...
<i>Soonmin Choi’s Magnificent Spring Concerto</i><span>Read</span>