Twilight and Debris at 1X1 Art Gallery
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1×1 Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition titled Twilight and Debris which features Korean artist Bahk Seon-Ghi and Brazilian artist Theo Pinto. One will be able to admire their works until April 30, 2023. 

In the show, Bahk Seon-Ghi’s “An Aggregation” series is displayed. It includes hypnotising installations made of charcoal pieces and stone fragments suspended from nylon filaments. Exploring the circle of life, the artist’s works illustrate the connections between becoming, being and decay. Here, charcoal as a medium is fundamental: it is of great importance in Korean culture. This burnt organic matter traditionally serves both as a symbolic and everyday cleansing tool and is used in rituals related to birth and death.

Bahk Seon Ghi, An Aggregation, 2023. Charcoal, nylon threads. 400 x 100 x 223 cm

What Bahk Seon-Ghi also explores is the relationship of nature in our lives. He offers us a new perspective on it by re-interpreting mundane things and disassociates them from their usual environment: his art pieces resemble Roman pillars and such objects as staircases, flowerpots, tables, etc. The artist’s installations convey an idea that nature should not be perceived as just a background to modern progress — it plays a crucial role in our everyday lives.  

In the exhibition, Theo Pinto is represented by the new artworks from his “Skyscapes” series. The series is dedicated to the beauty of the natural phenomena of light when day meets night and sky meets earth. Using oil paints, resin, and soft layered brushwork, Pinto’s paintings, each depicting a perfect gradient, invite the viewer to metaphorically dive in the depth of the colors. In the “Skyscapes” series, the artist explores how we experience the sky: not as an image outside but as a shared moment. It offers one to contemplate the sky as a common “ground” which brings all people closer together, both physically and cosmically. 

Theo Pinto, In Between Breaths, 2022. Oil and matte finish on panel. 182.88 x 152.4 x 6.35 cm

About the artists: 

Bahk Seon-Ghi (born 1966, Sunsan, South Korea) is an internationally acclaimed contemporary artist residing in Kyeong Ki-do, South Korea, who is famous for his large site-specific installations. In 1994, he received his MFA degree in Sculpture from Chung-Ang University (Seoul). After that, he traveled throughout Europe for several years. In 2002, he graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti Brera (Milan, Italy), where he studied sculpture. In 2006, the artist received the Kim Chong Yung Sculpture Award.

Seon-Ghi has his artworks displayed in numerous solo and group exhibitions, such as Slice of Sensitivity, Gallery ARTSIDE, Seoul (2012); Endless Enumeration in space, Galerie Andres Thalmann, Zurich (2011); Gallery Bundo, Daegu (2009); Gallery Sabina, Los Angeles, USA (2008); Existence, Arquitectos de Cordova, Cordova, Spain (2007); Galeria Arte Contemporanea Jorge Shirley, Lisbon, Portugal (2006); GORYEO: The glory of Korea, National Museum of Korea, Seoul (2018); and many others. 

Seon-Ghi Bahk, An aggregation Pillar 20220220, 2022. Charcoal, nylon threads, etc. 122 × 2/5 × 2/5 in | 310 × 1 × 1 cm

Seon-Ghi’s works have been added in countless collections including Po-hang museum of art, Po-hang; Shinsegye department store, Uijeongbu; LIG life building, Seoul; Korea life building, Gu-ri; Island Resort Korea C.C, Dabudo; Sky valley C.C, Yeoju; Meritz fire, Busan; SINO International Paza, Fuzhou, China; LOTTE Department store, Tianjin; TROIKA Founder & Chief Executive Officer Dan Pappalardo, Los Angeles; Kerry Center, Shanghai; France’s Foundation, Paris; Ibiza Gran Hotel, Ibiza; and others.

Theo Pinto (born 1990, Belo Horizonte, Brazil) is a contemporary artist and an art director who lives in Brooklyn, NY (USA). In 2012, he graduated from  Danish Institute for Study Abroad, where he studied Interior Architecture, and in 2013, he got his BFA in Architecture at Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, USA). The artist received the Young Guns Award from the One Club of Creativity in 2017.

Theo Pinto, Where the light enters, 2022 Oil and matte finish on panel. 61 × 81 1/10 × 2 1/2 in | 155 × 206 × 6.35 cm

Pinto’s art has been exhibited in multiple solo and group shows, for example, Chase Edwards Gallery, Bridgehampton, and Studio 525, NY (2020); “First Times”, Galerie Philia, New York, NY, and Hawk Gallery, Columbus, OH (2021); Nan Miller Gallery, Rochester NY (2019); World Trade Gallery, New York, NY (2018); Wynwood Art Group. Miami, FL (2016); and many others.

To learn more about the Twilight and Debris exhibition, please visit its official web page.

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