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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Soomin Jung: Coexistence

Posted on Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2009-07-22

Fingers are a dominant theme in new works by Soomin Jung. "Golden Scale," a colored-pencil drawing on Mylar, depicts a plethora of fingertips and thumbs which spread across the entire page. Interspersed with the majority of forms, which are golden-hued, are three human hands in a pale flesh tone. One thumbnail is black.

A pair of ceramic masks, "Who? No. 1" and "Who? No. 2," are painted a warm shade of terra cotta. "Who? No. 1" is nearly covered in three-dimensional golden fingers, which protrude from each orifice like slugs from a skull in a lame horror movie. "Who? No. 2" is only partially consumed by those finger-shaped forms. The childhood game "Guess Who?" comes to mind, conjuring the long-ago — yet still familiar — feel of divining whose hands cover your eyes.

Other body parts jumble together in additional drawings, creating piles of images that are grossly realistic. "About to or Not" features lips, chins, and hair, while "Breathers" showcases noses and ears, complete with a piercing, a blemish, and a creepy mustache.

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