Osang Gwon at NY Photo Festival and Doosan Gallery

Posted in Arario Gallery, Osang Gwon by arariogallery on May 13, 2010

If you’re in New York for the next couple weeks there are two places you can see the photographic sculptures of artist Osang Gwon. NY Photo Festival celebrates the extensive photographic community prevalent in New York with curated pavilions highlighting a vast array of image makers. One pavilion includes Smack Mellon, which presents a show titled Use Me, Abuse Me, curated by Erik Kessels. Four sculptures by Osang Gwon nests alongside artists such as Lucas Blalock, Paul Kooiker and Ruth van Beek. The exhibition reveals how photographers use and manipulate the medium; collecting, copying, pasting, and abusing its original source. The festival runs through Sunday.

Doosan Gallery is proud to present a residency and exhibition of works by the artist, showing through June 5, 2010. The show features four sculptures that is an extension to his series Deodorant Type, many of which were shown at Arario New York. Deodorant Type was developed when Gwon discovered a failed advertisement for a deodorant product launched in Asia, as many Asians do not have perspiration problems, although deodorant is widely used in Western culture. For him, a deodorant product is aimed to cover a scent and to change it into a different odor. He once said, “It implies not showing the exact thing, but transforming it.” Observing the process of Deodorant Type is re-acknowledging the way we see things in life every day. Gwon takes multiple shots of a person or an object from every angle, practically tearing the subject apart in each picture under a microscope; he then recreates the subject in a three-dimensional sculpture. What one actually perceives might only capture a single aspect or a certain moment of the subject. In this sense, each photograph represents a single perception of the subject by taking different angles of the person or object; then, Gwon gathers these photographs into shapes for viewers to interpret, as if reifying the subject back to life as a slightly aloof entit


Now Through a Glass Darkly

Posted in Arario Gallery by arariogallery on May 7, 2010

Thank you everyone for attending the opening reception of Now Through a Glass Darkly at Arario New York. The show runs through June 26th so please make sure to stop by! Below are some installation and opening images, more to be found on our flickr page.

Now Through a Glass Darkly at Arario New York

Posted in Arario Gallery by arariogallery on May 6, 2010

Now Through a Glass Darkly

May 6th – June 26th, 2010

Opening Reception: May 6th 2010. 6 – 8pm

Arario New York is pleased to present Now Through a Glass Darkly, a group exhibition featuring the works of Aleksandar Duravcevic, Jason Gringler, Paul Jacobsen, Jitish Kallat, Kim Keever, Dongwook Lee, Glenn Ligon, Ivan Navarro, Ylva Ogland, Jack Pierson, Tallur L.N., and Andy Warhol.  The exhibition is organized by Cornell DeWitt.

The exhibition takes its title from the 1990 book by Edward Peter Nolan, Now Through a Glass Darkly: Specular Images of Being and Knowing from Virgil to Chaucer (University of Michigan Press), in which Nolan examines the ways in which medieval authors and their Roman predecessors used the image of the mirror both as instrument and metaphor.  The thesis turns on the interpretation of the phrase from the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians 13: 12, “for now we see through a glass, darkly.” The phrase is broadly interpreted as meaning that mankind has an imperfect perception of reality.  However, an alternative interpretation – as advocated by Nolan – would emphasize that we are living in dark times. For this exhibition, Nolan’s literary analysis is applied to the realm of contemporary visual art.  The phrase is interpreted literally through artists that use or depict dark mirrors or glass in various forms in their work; metaphorically through artists who depict a dark worldview or personal view; or a combination of the two.

Aleksandar Duravcevic’s graphite drawings on black paper and installations utilizing various forms of mirror and glass are infused with nostalgia and beauty, yet hint at darker influences, both historical and personal.  Jason Gringler’s large-scale abstractions utilize industrial materials, including cut Plexiglas and mirrors to create a disquieting visual experience.  Paul Jacobsen’s charcoal drawings explore a post-apocalyptic, quasi-utopian world and society, where all is not usually as it seems.  Through the use of visually seductive patterns that are infected with a bittersweet or even sinister dimension, Jitish Kallat reveals how the density and chaos of the urban landscape-in-collapse mirrors and focuses individual themes of death and survival.  Kim Keever builds and photographs entire worlds in a fishtank, viewed through the smudged glass of the fishtank, depicting either the end of time or the beginning.  Dongwook Lee’s sculptures of miniaturized human forms in desperate situations evoke a fetishized vision of the antithesis of the renaissance spirit, with man resigned to his powerlessness.  Coal dust silkscreens by Glenn Ligon are course reflections of his “outsider” position as a black artist in America.  Out of simple optical illusions with glass, mirrors and light, Ivan Navarro’s elegant constructions belie their sharp and evocative social commentary.  Ylva Ogland delves into the intersection between the fantasy world within the mirror and the real world outside of the mirror and how these images interact with her own memories.  Tallur LN’s gritty mixed-media sculptures reveal the absurdities in the contrasts between urban chaos and rural values.  Andy Warhol’s beautiful and enigmatic Diamond Dust Shadows paintings evoke both glamour and mystery, probing the murky intersection of the two.  Cornell DeWitt is a private dealer and advisor based in New York.

Miao Xiaochun at Arario New York

Posted in Arario Gallery, Miao Xiaochun by arariogallery on March 9, 2010

Thank you for all those who attended the opening reception of Miao Xiaochun’s solo exhibition at Arario New York. Microcosm is a series of works inspired by Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights, manifested in videos and multi-panels works in three dimensional animations. Their complexity and intricacy of details are prevalent in each frame and picture plane. Viewing the show we encourage not only  paying attention to its sole reference but how the works engage with the viewer in an intangible, psychologically surreal manner, images that instill an unsettling disturbance whilst adhering to a amalgamation of art historical and cultural references. Below are images from the opening and exhibition. More can be found on our flickr page.

Arario’s Finest in The Korea Times

Posted in Arario Gallery by arariogallery on November 18, 2009

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Arario Gallery is holding an exhibition featuring works by top international artists, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn, Neo Rauch, Sigmar Polke and Tracey Emin.

“Arario’s Finest: 20th year Anniversary Exhibition” is being held simultaneously at Arario Gallery in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province, and in Seoul, through January.

Arario Gallery owner Kim Chang-il decided to show off some prized pieces from his extensive art collection for the special anniversary exhibition. In a meeting with reporters at the gallery Friday, Kim recalled how he started his collection, which includes some famous works by Young British Artists (YBAs) and Young German Artists.

Read the rest here.


Posted in Arario Gallery by arariogallery on May 22, 2009
Hyung Koo Kang, "Vincent Van Gogh in Light," 2008. Oil on canvas.

Hyung Koo Kang, "Vincent Van Gogh in Light," 2008. Oil on canvas.

Malani in Paris

Posted in Arario Gallery, Nalini Malani by arariogallery on May 8, 2009
"Cassandra," 2009. Acrylic, ink and enamel reverse painting on acrylic sheet, 227.5 x 396 cm

"Cassandra," 2009. Acrylic, ink and enamel reverse painting on acrylic sheet, 227.5 x 396 cm

Nalini Malani will present a new 30 piece polyptych, titled Cassandra, in her first exhibition in France. The show will open at Galerie LeLong on May 15 and continue through July 10.


Posted in Arario Elsewhere, Arario Gallery, Hyung Koo Kang, Nalini Malani, Sui Jianguo, Tallur L.N. by arariogallery on May 5, 2009
Sui Jianguo, "Windy City," 2009. Image uploaded to Flickr on April 2, 2009 by mmmmarshall.

Sui Jianguo, "Windy City," 2009. Millenium Park, Chicago. Image uploaded to Flickr on April 2, 2009 by mmmmarshall.

  • Sui Jianguo’s sculpture “Windy City” is mentioned in the Chicago Flame.
  • Work by Hyung Koo Kang will be auctioned off at Christie’s Hong Kong later this month, reports Art Daily.
  • The May/June issue of Flash Art includes a review of Tallur L.N.’s recent exhibition.
  • Read Murtaza Vali’s interview with Nalini Malani for Art AsiaPacific (AAP) online.

Skeletons at Haunch of Venison

Posted in Arario Gallery, Hyungkoo Lee by arariogallery on April 24, 2009
Hyungkoo Lee, left: "Lutea Animatus," 155 x 15 x 21 cm; right: Felis Animatis," 130 x 73 x 50 cm, 2009. Resin, aluminum, sticks, stainless steelwires, springs, oil paint.

"Lutea Animatus," 155 x 15 x 21 cm (left); "Felis Animatis," 130 x 73 x 50 cm (right), 2009. Resin, aluminum, sticks, stainless steelwires, springs, oil paint.

There’s just one day left to catch the blockbuster exhibition Mythologies at Haunch of Venison in London. Hyungkoo Lee’s cartoon character skeletons are included in this display of works by over 40 artists. Read the Art We Love review.

We Know How to Party

Posted in Arario Gallery by arariogallery on April 21, 2009


 Arario New York hosted the spring benefit for the Network of Korean American Leaders (NetKAL). See pictures from this evening of games, drinks, music and more here.