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Songsik Min: Two Faces

Doosan Gallery
533 West 25th Street, New York, NY, 212 242 6343
May 5 - June 4, 2011
Reception: Thursday, May 5, 6 - 8 PM
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DOOSAN Gallery New York is pleased to announce Two Faces, the US debut exhibition of Korean-born artist Songsik Min. In this exhibition, Min shows his newest acrylic paintings and an installation that reflects his creative studio process. The installation includes numerous drawings and models.

Min sees the world as a simple color palette and arrangement. He is known for creating paintings of surreal spaces using vivid colors and bold divisions of familiar scenes or objects. In this exhibition, he maintains the sense of isolation while his heavy and difficult subjects are touched upon in a playful manner. The motif, toy guns, starts with his nostalgic recollection of childhood, during which he used to make and play with wooden toy guns. He deals with various aspects of life using a metaphor that involves the collision of two polar opposites: violence and protection. As the title suggests, Min captures the duplicity of violence using simplified toy gun imagery and allows viewers to observe the symbolic connotation behind toy guns. Although it is daunting to think that such benign objects trained us to exhibit human cruelty from the early stages of our lives, Min has discreetly taken these toy guns out from the social context and has placed them in the seemingly innoc ent world of childhood.

Songsik Min was born in 1972 in Daejeon, Korea. He received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Hannam University in Daejeon, Korea. He has had solo exhibitions at Gallery Hyundai (2010, Seoul, Korea), and doART Gallery (2006, Seoul, Korea). He has been included in exhibitions at alternative space LOOP (2008, Seoul, Korea); Deajeon Museum of Art (2006, Daejeon, Korea). He lives and works in Seoul, Korea. Min is a current DOOSAN Residency artist.

DOOSAN Gallery New York and DOOSAN Residency New York are dedicated to discovery of and support for young and emerging Korean artists. Managed by DOOSAN YONKANG Foundation in Seoul, Korea, DOOSAN Gallery New York is Korea’s first non-profit organization to be officially recognized by the State of New York and the New York City Department of Education. The organization provides artists with resources, such as studio and exhibition space and housing in New York City. The organization’s mission is to serve as a gateway to significant exposure and opportunities for the artists by nurturing their creativity and helping them share their work with a broader audience.
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