Bright, bold and explosive new works from the artist Hyon Gyon

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Bright, bold and explosive new works from the artist Hyon Gyon

The first European solo exhibition for the Korean artist Hyon Gyon has opened in Islington.

Most of her creations are inspired by shamanism, her own feelings, and a desire to use art to destroy negative emotions.

The centrepiece of the show is a huge display of colour, part painting, part sculpture. 

The artist is known for her intricate and highly expressive works, combining traditional Korean textiles, Japanese paper and paint together with various less conventional materials to create her paintings and sculptural installations.

She explores themes of sociocultural identity, grief, anger and sexual politics. 

In the first-floor gallery, Hyon Gyon presents recent paintings and sculptures which she has made specifically for this solo exhibition at Parasol unit. A number of these works were made using sgraffito, a technique of scratching through a top surface, perhaps of plaster, to reveal lower layers of contrasting painted colours. Such works are created by subtraction rather than addition, which was her previous process. 

The space has been curated by Ziba Ardalan, the Founder and Director of Parasol Unit, who introduced us to the Artist and her works.


The Hyon Gyon exhibition is accompanied by a tailored programme of related educational events, and closes on the 31st of March.


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