Three artists with Eastern roots blend ancient techniques with Western influences have come together to reveal a highly curated collection of art that goes deeper than the canvas. In Jeong-Choon Yun’s case, the canvas is actually bark from Dak trees in South Korea where the couple annually returns to gather the material and put it through a 2,000-year old process of boiling, beating, cleaning, drying and ultimately creating tapestries that are organic and time honored. Rimi Yang’s artistic style also bridges the East and the West by incorporating ancient Japanese block print and 19th century portraiture as well as bold abstract color and energy. A beautifully balanced exhibit will be on display at the Russell Collection Fine Art gallery February 3-28, 2015 with a unique opportunity to witness the paper making process on Saturday, February 7th from noon–2 pm, followed by a completion of the art in a “Meet the Artists” reception from 6-9 pm with all three artists in attendance.
“There is something very soothing about each of their works — quiet by way of presentation, but very bold in the message each piece communicates. It’s quite ethereal and art collectors will have a marvelous time viewing this exquisite collection,” said gallery owner Lisa Russell.
The Yuns are a married couple, each of them educated in South Korea where they received BFA’s in Western Art from Kemyung University (Daegwoo). They pursued individual art careers — to great acclaim and recognition — in their homeland and abroad. When their two sons decided to come to the U.S. to further their studies, their parents also emigrated. Jeonghan received a second MFA at the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco with an emphasis in Printmaking.
After determining several years ago that they offer differing sensibilities and visions, the Yuns made a monumental decision to pair up based on the idea that they could create works as a team differently than they did individually. They sign each unique work with both of their names and add in each of their thumbprints, which have been dipped into pigment, to signify their approval of every completed masterpiece.
Rimi Yang is an ethnic Korean who was raised in Osaka, Japan. She followed her passion for art and studied at California State University and the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, and additionally the Otis College of Art and Design. She currently resides in Santa Monica, CA, but has traveled extensively to hone her skills and enrich her artistic reservoir. Collectors say her work is, “intensely emotional, unique and sophisticated.” She pulls iconic images from art history and deconstructs them, while cultivating new methods and techniques. This results in viewers being led on a mysterious journey into each piece — sometimes confusing, yet always captivating.”
The live paper making demonstration by Joeng and Choon Yun will take place on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 12-2 pm at Russell Collection (1137 West 6th Street, Austin, Texas 78703). The artists will complete a piece of art that evening during the “Meet the Artists” reception with the Yuns and Rimi Yang from 6-9 p.m. The event is open to the public and RSVP is requested. Art will be available for acquisition. The Yun and Yang exhibit will be on display through Saturday, February 28, 2015. Normal gallery hours are: Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. For more details, contact Russell Collection gallery at 512-478-4440 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their websites: Russell-Collection.com; facebook.com/russellcollection.