Exhibition Catalogue

Magic Beans

“I love beauty, it’s not my fault” — Valentino

Magic Beans is pleased to present three contemporary artists: Winston Chmielinski, Tom Hoops, and Sang Woo Kim who subversively visualize three different aspects of fashion. Chmielinski is a multidisciplinary artist working with fabric, literally sewn into his photographs; Tom Hoops uses black and white photography to depict, in great detail, every inch of the model’s being; while Kim, a renown fashion model and emerging artist, photographs himself and his close friends, capturing moments of carefree beauty and juxtaposes them into digital collages. These artists reveal to us that fashion is not only a style but a performance and a way of life.

Winston Chmielinski’s photographs represent an abstracted viewpoint on the
theme of fashion. He uses discarded fabrics and ephemera from his studio to
create a palpable philosophy of reintegration and nostalgia. There is a visual
collusion of boundaries, between fabrics, photography, objects, and narratives.
Tom Hoops specializes in portraiture and fashion. His black and white photographs are textured, striking and emotive works. Hoops shows us that beauty can be found when you least expect it. Sang Woo Kim captures the vibrant moments of his bohemian friends. He pays close attention to color and composition and has a magical way of portraying the paradox of youth, in its immense vulnerability and power.

Our dynamic booth at MIA will be a balanced presentation of three divergent
photographers: the high contrast black and white...
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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Winston Chmielinski uses photography to be awed again by every thing's peculiarity. Photos flatten the space between objects and beings, integrating them, and overriding learned categorizations of things-as-alive, or inanimate, or precious, or trash. Nothing is black and white; black and white has, and will always, lead to oppressive silence; yes, it comes down to how we see (what we see) when we open our overlapping eyes.

BIOGRAPHY

Born 1988 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Lives and works in Berlin.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016
Positions 2016, Galerie Thomas Fuchs, Berlin, DE.
How To Let Go, Magic Beans, Berlin, DE.
Cut And Fold, SouvenirBY, Berlin, DE.

2015
The Healing Room, Berlin, DE.
Whole Is a Hand That Shakes, Thomas Fuchs Gallery, Stuttgart, DE.

2013
Laughter, Egbert Baqué Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE.
VOLTA 2013, New York City, US.
Signed With An Eye, The Roxbury Latin School, Boston, US.

2012
Ecstatic Skin, Envoy Enterprises, New York City, US.

2011
I Digressed, NP Contemporary Art Center, New York City, US.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
Positions Art Fair, Berlin, DE.
Power Flower, Magic Beans Gallery, Berlin, DE.
Hanafuda, Ace Hotel, New York City, US.

2014
ARTSHO5, Istanbul, TR.
Madness, The Lodge Gallery, New York City, US.
New Art City, The Safari Gallery, New York City, US.
Abracadabra, Egbert Baque Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE.
Continental Shift, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK.
Kölner Liste Art Fair, Cologne, DE.
Kontakt #2, Arena Berlin, Berlin, DE.

2013
Come, All Ye...
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