chestnut bridge by hiro kurata
“The world dissolves into repetition as we zoom through it; people, places, things all become rhythm and markings along the path.” — Jungil Hong
“I think of human mark-making and human mechanics effecting a visual output: drawing, stacking, organizing, the arc of the wrist/elbow/shoulder, the stride, the gesture, the knot.” — Eric Timothy Carlson
“Calm days make me sleep and wild days are too chaotic. Wake up and sleep, to sooth and then again derail.” — Hiro Kurata
Patterns, marks, repetition & love, but the greatest of these is patterns. Beginnings— is proud to present our third show: three contemporary artists showing works on paper, wood, rock and fabric. These artists represent some of the finest current pattern makers who draw on a range of influences and techniques. Hiro’s odd figures and wild symbolism, Jung’s gutsy geometry and Eric’s saturated naturalisms–all three delight in a love of form and deep, deep color. The work explores mythic architecture, glides over absurd landscapes and surreal palettes, yet all three keep it very human and very personal. We step into a country of dreams and take note of the flags that fly above it. From the backs of snakes to the walls of temples, colored designs and stripes–recurring gestures–are as old as a rib cage and teeth. Some things are worth repeating. Often left in the background, described on clothing and buildings throughout the course of Western art history, modern times have brought pattern as content and pattern as intrinsic element back to the fore. Some things are universal and never disappeared. Patterns, marks, repetition & love, but the greatest of these is the best.
Jungil Hong is a multi media artist based out of Providence, Rhode Island. She has exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally at Mountain Fold, New Image Art, and MASS Moca, to name a few.
Eric Timothy Carlson is an artist based out of Brooklyn, NY. He has recently shown at Synchronicity Space, Los Angeles; Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn; and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego.
Hiro Kurata lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received his BFA from Parsons School of Design and has exhibited widely in international venues such as Ivory & Black, London; Gallery Motus Fort Gallery, Tokyo; Richard Heller, Los Angeles.