September 20 - October 11, 2018
Song for the Soil: Young Ja Yoon and Humberto Guanipa
All Inclusive: Jerry Vezzuso
On the Wall: Kiyoko Sakai
Opening reception: Thursday, September 20, 2018, 6 - 8 PM
Carter Burden Gallery presents three new exhibitions: Song For The Soilin the East Gallery featuring Humberto Guanipa and Young Ja Yoon; All Inclusivein the West Gallery featuring Jerry Vezzuso; and On the Wall featuring Kiyoko Sakai. The reception will be held September 20, 2018 from 6 - 8 p.m. The exhibition runs from September 20th through October 11th at 548 West 28th Street in New York City. The gallery hours are Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
In his first exhibition at Carter Burden Gallery, Humberto Guanine presents wall, floor, and pedestal sculptures created with wood, plastic, sand, and found objects in the exhibition Song For The Soil. His three dimensional works are composed of brilliantly colorful geometric shapes, often connected by transparent acrylic bars and resting in sand. The smooth planes of color, course surface of the sand, and intricate carvings charred into the wood create a range of textures throughout each structural piece. Guanipa states, that he is “searching for something about how we see and how we construct meaning, history, and our sense of self.”
Song For The Soil features the paintings of artist Young Ja Yoon in her first exhibition with Carter Burden Gallery. Inspired by her childhood experience during the Korean War, the series of Earth toned color field paintings embody the importance and necessity of food, shelter, and love. Yoon describes two grueling years fighting extreme cold, heat, and hunger until her family was able to return to their small farming village. She states, “Finally, the war was over and my family was together again. We were no longer hungry and cold. We could never forget the importance of soil in our life.”
In the solo exhibition All Inclusive, Jerry Vezzuso presents his most recent works of select monoprints and acrylic paintings. Although trained in fine art, Vezzuso developed a successful career in photography, but in recent years has rediscovered his original goals and has been enjoying creating “if only to make work.” Similar to his photography technique, Vezzuso does not plan the specifics but allows the image to emerge spontaneously. In the exhibition both print and painting are gestural and full of movement, bringing the animals depicted to life.
Kiyoko Sakai presents an installation On the Wall entitled Mostly Torso, which is composed of hand dyed textiles, drawings, and sculpture inspired by the female figure.She describes how drawing the figure gives her a sense of kinship with her female-self, and connects her to feminine culture around the world. Commanding most of the walls are large pieces of fabric in which Sakai has employed the traditional Japanese technique Katazomeby creating a unique torso stencil. Included in the installation are figure drawings sketched from life. Sakai says, “I try to capture both the essence of the models and use my imagination to reflect on who they are and where they have been.” The sculptures utilize found objects and bring a playful, imaginative element to the installation.