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Ebb and Flow

Hogar Collection
362 Grand Street, 718-388-5022
February 3 - March 13, 2006
Reception: Saturday, February 4, 6 - 9 PM
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Featuring: Paul Ballew, Young Wha-Lee and Andrew Zarou

The exhibition will include works on paper, painting, collage, and a wall installation.

In Paul Ballew’s paintings on paper he depicts comic representations of worlds that are immersed within a structured chaos, where plumbing, roads, webs and explosions are but details of the components that make up larger systems. In the exploration of that detail, he exposes the fragility of the symbiotic relationships that exist between the bits and pieces needed to compose the whole. In a Rube Goldbergian engineered like universe, the pictures reveal to us beautiful complexities of our existence and at the same time tell us to remember the humor and silliness of “knowing”.

Young Wha-Lee’s works are introspective and personal investigations where abstraction and representation fade back and forth. In a field where disparate scenes merge and interlock, they form a surrogate world where they can exist together in an internal dialogue. Using dried paint as a collage material in combination with watercolor and drawing, her somewhat mosaic paintings on paper overlap in layers that fold, intersect and float throughout the scene creating bridges that allow them to intermingle. Along with her works on paper Lee will present a wall installation reminiscent of a fountain like tree form made of thousands of painted strands of twisted wire.

Andrew Zarou works with collage using all sorts of found paper such as lottery tickets, magazine cutouts, cigarette foil and others in combination with a meticulous layering process of paint and drawing. The layers present themselves as purely abstract, yet within them there are systems that suggest roadways or paths as seen from the vantage of an aerial view. In his mixing of the different elements, one layer is usually reflective of a previous one that is then spun out to further the composition.
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