Sunkoo Yuh: New Works for Clayarch Gimhae Museum

MSG artist Sunkoo Yuh shares these fantastic images of his creation process for several new large-scale sculptures during his two-month residency as visiting artist at the Clayarch Gimhae Museum in South Korea. He is preparing for an October 1, 2013 solo exhibition at the Museum.


View more Sunkoo Yuh works on the MSG website // 

ART MRKT San Francisco = Asian Inspired Art

The Mindy Solomon Gallery is proud to return to ART MRKT San Francisco for its second year. Returning artist, Sungyee Kim, delivers paintings that might be described as deeply spiritual, a theme that unifies a cohesive collection of Meditative Works that embody a combination of traditional and contemporary themes.

In addition to a select grouping of two-dimensional works we will be presenting a collection of pop-inspired Chinese sculptures. San Francisco based artist, Wanxin Zhang, will feature a dynamic union shared between expressive figural work and historic narrative.

Mindy Solomon Gallery powerhouse painter James Kennedy will debut a new body of sophisticated hard edge geometric abstractions. Kennedy is a master of tonal painting that is reminiscent of mid-century modern design and architecture, which also elicits an Asian aesthetic.

Korean artist Lee Kang Hyo’s lovely jar forms, recently on display at the prestigious Asian Art Museum in San Francisco will be available for serious collectors of beautifully rendered puncheong onggi ceramics, as well as the newly inspired first time buyer. Erin Parish, newly added to the gallery roster, will be displaying a series of non-objective paintings that showcase her fervent commitment to Buddhist practices. Sylvia Hommert’s layered holographic paintings evoke Mandala like imagery, rounding out this magnetic group of talented artists.

ART MRKT San Francisco takes place May 17—20. If you are traveling to San Francisco, or reside in the area, feel free to contact us for fair passes and on site consultation. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Korean, Narrative, Abstract Contemporary

Since its inception, the Mindy Solomon Gallery has presented the work of contemporary Korean artists working in a variety of media including photography, painting and ceramics. Long overshadowed by the arts of China and Japan, a growing interest has been building momentum for contemporary Korean art and craft, witnessed by recent gallery presentations, museum exhibitions and a presence in international art fairs. From ancient times to today, Korea is noted for its rich artistic traditions, often marked by the use of bold color, natural forms and surface decoration, informed by centuries-old art forms.

Historically, Korean art is characterized by transitions germinating from the main religions practiced at the time, shifts between Confucianism and Buddhism.  Considered one of the oldest civilizations in the world, Korea still retains many of its long-held customs and traditions, developing its own cultural identity and making outstanding achievements. To better understand the Korean way of thinking and its contemporary culture, one needs to take into account the nuances of its history and the cross-generational exchange between tradition and contemporary thought. Mindy Solomon Gallery artists Lee Kang Hyo, Ree Soo Jung, Lee Inchin, and Lee Jung-Do work in clay to perpetuate traditional, academically defined  Korean aesthetic, while creating pieces that are uniquely their own.

Korean ceramics have been admired since the 12th century for their superb craftsmanship and original forms, techniques and design, as well a unique aesthetic. The functional beauty of Korean ceramics as well as the naturalist approach is important characteristics unique to Korean culture; an accumulation of experience, wisdom and a way of thinking over the centuries is still respected in all forms of art. (Above, Lee Kang-Hyo).

The natural landscape and an aesthetic preference for simplicity are of particular importance among the many factors which have shaped Korean art. Untouched nature is still of paramount importance to practice the spirit of leaving it as while seeking to discover ourselves. There is a sense of ease and harmony in contemporary ceramics which is grounded in Korea’s ancient ceramic traditions such as Buncheong ware yet taking it in new directions. (Above, Ree Soo-Jung).

Evoking nature itself, the imperfections of form, texture and fire provide a fresh interpretation and originality to these artists’ work. Emerging artist Sungyee Kim, (above), is creating two dimensional surfaces that convey a sense of textural mystery with her highly accomplished use of Sumi Ink, and mixed media. Her evocative surfaces are only eclipsed by the visual/spiritual interpretation of her deeply held Buddhist convictions.

People enjoy and appreciate contemporary art because of their ability to combine the past and the present and because of their unique characteristics that result through its own evolution. Contemporary Korean art has garnered a place in the narrative of Western contemporary art and has become an active participant in the globalizing art world. Because of the internationalism of cities like Seoul, there isn’t an ethnic marker to the country’s contemporary art, and that is one of its strengths. Without a history of political isolation, like China’s, or an insular culture, like Japan’s, Korea is more globally integrated. Its culture is the most adaptive of all the Asian nations. (Above, Sunkoo Yuh).

Influenced by culturally-specific impulses as well as Korean artists living and studying abroad, a new wave of Korean artists are gaining notoriety, taking from their own culture a proficiency of execution, a dexterity with material, and a thoughtfulness about artistic concerns; individual perspectives on modern life range from chaotic frenzy to a  meditative simplicity. (Above, Lee In-Chin).

SOFA New York April 20—23

We will be traveling to SOFA New York—April 20—23, 2012 and featuring the work of Korean artists: Sungyee Kim (TopL), Lee In-Chin (above),  Lee Kang Hyo (Top R), Ree Soo-Jong and Lee Jung-Do (Below). Please stop by and say hello.

Meditative Journeys Invitation and Review

Meditative Journeys celebrates our connection to the Korean Contemporary Art movement featuring the meditative works of Sungyee Kim (above) and Kang Hyo Lee on exhibit through March 31, 2012.


The Mindy Solomon Gallery works hard to curate thought-provoking exhibitions while providing approachable, high-quality works representing a global perspective. Meditative Journeys presents two Korean artists deeply connected to their work while visually presenting ancient traditions fused with contemporary ideals.

Meditative Journeys is a museum worthy exhibit with over 100 unique ready to be reviewed by you.  You are cordially invited to visit the gallery and take in this wonderful collection. Please contact the gallery for additional information and visit the Art Taco review online. (Kang Hyo Lee, image above).

SCOPE NY Art Fair Booth

We are at SCOPE New York this week and presenting the dynamic works of the de la Torre BrothersGeneric Art SolutionsMarc BurckhardtBonnie Marie Smith, Kurt Weiser, Sunkoo Yuh and James Kennedy.

The Mindy Solomon Gallery works hard to present thought-provoking, high-quality contemporary art works by emerging talent representing the best in sculptural forms, photography, painting and mixed media. (Learn more about G.A.S., James Kennedy, Kurt Weiser, Marc Burckhardt, the de la Torre Brothers).

Booth No. A11 will be on exhibit at SCOPE NY through Sunday, March 11. If you should need entry passes, please contact me or the gallery.

Back home, Meditative Journeys, presenting Korean painter Sungyee Kim and sculptor Kang Hyo Lee is open and on exhibit through March 31. See opening photos here.

Meditative Journeys is now OPEN

Meditative Journeys opened last night to a receptive crowd featuring painter Sungyee Kim and sculptor Kang Hyo Lee from Korea. An impressive selection of Korean contemporary presenting close to 100 pieces and is now OPEN for you. Stop by the gallery or contact us for more information.

Meditative Journeys Opening

Meditative Journeys celebrates our connection to the Korean Contemporary Art movement. Proudly, we will be presenting the deeply meditative works of Sungyee Kim and Kang Hyo Lee on Saturday, February 25 from 6 to 8PM.

Meditative Journeys is a museum quality exhibition will be on display through March 31, 2012 and select works are available by contacting the gallery. You will not want to miss this inspired premiere. Learn more here. Experience more about Korean Contemporary here.

Art Wynwood Passes : Feb 17-19

We are pleased to announce that we will be featured at this year’s Art Wynwood fair taking place this week in Miami, February 17—19.  Mindy Solomon Gallery will be located at booth A28 and featuring sculptor David Hicks, abstract painter James Kennedy and narrative painter Mernet Larsen.

Visiting this year’s fair is easy. Print out the pass below and bring a guest. We look forward to seeing you at the fair (A28).

During the fair, please visit the Dream Hotel showcasing Erin Parish and her illuminated and multi-layered paintings.

Save the date for Meditative Journeys opening next weekend at the gallery and featuring new work by Korean artists: Sungyee Kim and Kang Hyo Lee.

Meditative Journeys—Korean Paintings and Sculptural Forms

Mindy Solomon Gallery is pleased to present the devotional works of two Korean artists, painter—Sungyee Kim and ceramic artist—Kang Hyo Lee in a two person exhibition entitled, Meditative Journeys. Please join us for the opening reception Saturday, February 25, 2012, 6—8PM.

Sungyee Kim creates densely layered paintings that incorporate the principles of I Ching with the Taoistic pursuit of becoming one with material. Sungyee shares, “A painting’s artificial, two-dimensional surface requires pure belief in spiritual values. It opens a door to the ideal.“

Kang Hyo Lee’s ceramic work infuses ancient tradition with whimsical and contemporary interpretation. Bun-cheong was created during the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392AD) and was commonly used by the aristocracy and commoners of Korea. The decorative style of Bun-cheong was created by stamping patterns or etching into the surface of the unfired clay and then covered with a white slip. The slip was either dipped in a tray or hand painted in a rough, hurried fashion with no consideration for precise detail. (Read more here).