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Monday, March 3, 2008

Exhibition: Helen Cho's "Ideal and Emergence"

NEW YORK, February 23 — On a gloom and cold Saturday night, I attend the opening of Helen Cho's "Ideal and Emergence" gallery show at the Derek Eller Gallery (615 West 27th Street). Cho is a Korean born Canadian artist who lives and works in Berlin. Her work is main illustrative with noticeable influences from both modern American pop culture and tradition European fine art traditions.

"Ideal and Emergence" exhibition was mainly populated by her ink on leatherette works. They make references to movies such as Gorillas in the Mist (1988) and Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). They are displays of highly refined technical skills with line art. The precision and quality of her work are remarkable. Most of the leatherette pieces were monochromatic. The inks were all black, and the canvases were pale beige colored leatherettes with a slight hint of pink. Cho selectively added the red highlights to some pieces to break up the monochrome rhythm in her show. It also added a bit of flair.

In a back room, the Derek Eller Gallery also displayed two larger computer generated works by Alyson Shotz. They were full color symmetrical compositions of flower arrangements. They look like center pieces for a wedding. The computer generated colors and tones are very stiff and cold, which is very typical with Western printing standards.

As for the gallery opening, crowd was packed with a young hip New York crowd. The exhibition had a heavy turn out, and the space was crowded. I was initially impressed by the size and energy of the crowd. After I walked around the gallery for a bit, I found a huge ice bin of cold beer at the front of the gallery. Maybe, this had something to do with the large crowds.

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