The Mindy Solomon Gallery is traveling to the George R. Brown Convention Center for the Texas Contemporary Art Fair, October 20—23 and featuring the contemporary work of the de la Torre Brothers, Sunkoo Yuh, Wookjae Mang and Sean Noyce. We will be located at Booth 811 featuring sculptural works and paintings.
Einar and Jamex de la Torre
Brothers Einar and Jamex de la Torre were born in Guadalajara, Mexico. Jamex 1960, Einar 1963. They moved suddenly with the family to Southern California in 1972, going from attending an all-boys Catholic school to public Schools in the beach town of Dana Point. Presently living and working on both sides of the border with studios in Ensenada, Mexico and San Diego. Jamex started flame-working glass in 1977, attended California State University at Long Beach and received a BFA in Sculpture in 1983. Einar started working in glass in 1980 while also attending California State University at Long Beach.
In the 80’s they ran a flame-worked glass figure business while also developing their assemblage style of work. In the early 90’s they began working collaboratively as studio artists; later in the decade they began work in installation art with participations in Biennales such as inSITE and Mercosul (Brazil).
In 2000 they began their work in public art; they now have six major projects completed. They have exhibited their work internationally, participating in exhibits in France, Japan, Canada, Germany, Venezuela, Brazil as well as in the US and Mexico. Their irreverent use of hot glass and mixed media work combines a respect for Mexican culture with a satirical perspective focused on the dogmatic practices dictated by religion and political corruption.
Sunkoo Yuh was born in Seoul, Korea in 1960. Before embarking on the study of art, Yuh was conscripted as a sharp shooter in the South Korean Army. Despite a childhood desire to be a professional baseball player he followed the path of art and studied ceramics at the prestigious Hongik University, receiving a BFA in 1988.
From 1988-1995 Yuh attended graduate school at California State, Long Beach. In 1995 Yuh attended Alfred University where he received his MFA in Ceramics. Yuh began developing his signature work in 1997, combining traditional Korean folk painting, Korean Choseon Dynasty pottery, and a contemporary narrative platform that he entitled “My Mundane Life”. Sunkoo Yuh is currently Associate Professor at the University of Georgia, Athens. He has exhibited widely and has received many awards and honors.
In 2005-03 he was the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, the Grand Prize at the 2nd World Ceramic Biennale International Competition, Icheon, Korea, The Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize and the Virginia A. Groot Foundation. His work is in the collections of The Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., Icheon World Ceramic Center, Korea, the Oakland Museum of Art, CA, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA., and the Houston Museum of Art.
Wookjae Maeng is part of the new vibrant art movement coming out of Korea today. He honors traditional materials and practices while making sculptural work that communicates his thoughts and feelings about contemporary social concerns. His work speaks to the theme of the complex, ambiguous and uncomfortable relationship between man and the environment.
The natural world has long been the subject of artistic expression. Maeng acknowledges that there are many living species on the planet earth and that humans reside on the top of the ecological pyramid, and rule over other creatures. He is concerned that this position of power is harmful to the future of our world. His beautifully articulated sculptures convey sensitivity for the animal world, while utilizing a sometimes mutated and disturbing amalgamation of human and animal components.
Sean Noyce received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting with a drawing emphasis from the University of Utah. He has had a number of awards and accolades in his young career. Drawing from his youth and early adulthood in Utah, Noyce directly and indirectly criticizes the stringent and inflexible practices of the Mormon Church.
Noyce states: “Paintings from my “Cloud Watching” series are subject to the conditions of the moment, evolving between creating closure and leaving the image open, much like forming shapes in a fleeting cloud. The end result is a chaotic amalgam of characters that share a unique coexistence with each other.”