Hyun Kyung Ryu
was born and grew up in Gyeong-ju, South Korea the famous
ancient Shilla Dynasty capital. As a child she played at museums
and ancient tombs while imagining that she was a Queen wearing
the gold and silver jewelry and treasures that surrounded
her. This is the experience that informs her silver and gold
Ever since Ryu moved to New York these metallic tones have
taken on a completely different meaning. Instead of warm reminiscences
from her childhood, these finishes represent the loneliness
of the city, and the alienation from anything familiar, a
natural byproduct of the acculturation process.
Like the minimalists Ryu maintains their simple elegant formats,
however, because she allows the evidence of her hand to appear
on her paintings she is more like the post-minimal enterprise
which supersedes this model. Consequently, whereas Minimalism
was profoundly self-reflexive and focused on gesture, texture,
and surface presentation, Ryu’s goal is her message
Ryu’s works are the result of tracing with acrylics
and the subsidization of the medium. The traces that are left
on the canvas act as a work space and this also portrays humanity
which is the subject of the artist’s works. These traces
can also be seen as an outgrowth of her actions and the life
Ryu earned her bachelor’s and master degrees in fine
art from Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, South Korea.
She is a lecturer at Dongguk University and Sorabol College
in South Korea. While she took part in a group exhibition
at the Korea Gallery in January 2008, this is her first solo
exhibition in New York.
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