September 8, 2012 - November 4, 2012
Opening reception for the artist on September 8th from 6-9 pm.
Theo Ganz Studio is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of paintings by Sunok Chun entitled Convergence. The show runs from September 8 through November 4, 2012. In addition to the six large abstract paintings, there is an installation of small pieces from an ongoing work (Quest; 2005-2012).
Almost ten years ago now, maybe more, I had the fortuitous experience of walking through the doorway of a seventh floor studio in a drafty warehouse building in Brooklyn. The artist had filled the cavernous space with a circle of her canvasses standing upright one next to the other. On the floor were dozens of boxes of pebbles which, upon closer inspection, had words written on each of the pebbles. Visitors were asked to pick out the words they liked and place them in another box of their choosing. As I entered the room, I felt I had entered another reality – a spirit world of what mattered most – dedication, serenity, mystery, discovery. A petite figure appeared around a corner, bundled up in jacket, scarf and gloves - and offered me tea from a steaming kettle.
There are some experiences in life that one never forgets. Meeting Sunok Chun and being introduced to her work that way was one of them for me. Perhaps with time my memory has distorted some of the details like the size of the room or the chill in the air or the number of canvasses but certainly nothing has distorted the emotional impact of that first visit.
Sunok Chun is a prolific and gifted artist who continues to refine and hone her vision since her graduate days at Pratt Institute. Her studio in Brooklyn is filled with the exuberant and colorful canvasses of the earlier work in addition to the pared down almost monochromatic recent series of the last year or so. The common link becomes the geometric portal and temple.
Theo Ganz Studio is a small gallery and imposed restrictions on how much of the work we could show in a reasonable manner. The debate became whether to hang only the earlier work or the more recent work. After some discussion it was agreed that while we would primarily focus on the earlier canvasses, two paintings from the latest series (Whisper and Emerging Thought; both 2011) would be included to convey the direction of the present journey.