Apollonian / Dionysian: Sungfeel Yun at the Hempel

News of an upcoming exhibition by Korean artist Sungfeel Yun at the hyper-trendy Hempel hotel in Bayswater, from 8 October.

A p o l l o n i a n / D i o n y s i a n
S u n g f e e l Y u n

Sungfeel Yun: Chaos 04
Sungfeel Yun: Chaos 04

SUMARRIA LUNN and Art Work Space are pleased to present a solo exhibition of work by Sungfeel Yun.

Sungfeel Yun’s canvas works are a freeze-frame of his unique and technical process; using magnets, he manipulates iron filings into extraordinary shapes, sometimes subjecting them to rust and erosion.

His intricate method is further complicated by a time limit: Yun has only three hours to create perfect filing formations until the soft resin in which they are suspended rapidly hardens and ceases their movement entirely.

“The only way it will work is by having an incredibly sensitive hand – they all want to move with the magnet, but you simply cannot let them. You need to be selective and tease them apart from one another.”

Colours fluctuate and forms are forged and destroyed. The pieces exist in a purgatory between warm and rich browns of the controlled entropy, and the cold and hard silvers of raw iron. This fickle and intriguing process results in an array of swirling patterns rich with echoes of the solar system, fixed to the canvas in a hardened resin matrix as if still in motion.

Yun’s body of work can be divided into two groups, each of which relies upon opposing forces; Yin and Yang, Apollonian and Dionysian, Chaos and Cosmos. Each force exists as its partner’s polar opposite in a state of mutual dependence that keeps them in flux. Neither can exist without the other, and so eastern understanding unites them as one.

“I am interested in ideas of connected but opposing forces much like magnetism, hence the iron filings.”

The essence of Yun’s aim is to represent these opposing but inextricable forces that are together believed to make up existence as one; to condense them and make them more comprehensible. In combining this with his unusual medium and highly technical process, Yun succeeds in not only representing this sense of order conceptually, but also in the fusion of the work’s disparate elements into one final body.

The filings themselves stand on end and defy gravity, frozen in time; a record of natural forces at work that is undeniably beautiful, yet also rather unnerving.

“What better way is there to represent the beauty and natural order of our world than using a material directly taken from the earth itself?”

Sungfeel Yun: Cosmos 05
Sungfeel Yun: Cosmos 05

Sungfeel Yun is a graduate of Dongguk University (Seoul) and Goldsmiths College. Solo shows include Chaos + Cosmos, SUMARRIA LUNN, Crypt Gallery, St. Martin-in-the-Fields church, London (2009), Moving Life -Taeguk, Gallery With White, Seoul (2006) and Stillness in Movement, Gallery Mass, Seoul (2006). Group exhibitions include Long Nights, William Angel Gallery, London (2008), Lines in Space, Gyeonggido Museum of Art, Ansan, South Korea (2007), Sungfeel Yun and Eric Ayotte, Tenderpixel Gallery, London (2008), Banwol Art Hall, Pocheon, South Korea (2006) and Matter and Analog, Hana Art Gallery, Seoul (2005). The artist is recipient of a number of awards including the Korean National Museum of Contemporary Art Special Award (2006), the Seoul Museum of Art Award (2005) and the Bucheon Metropolitan Museum of Art award (2004). The artist’s work is held in a number of private and public collections.
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Sungfeel Yun – Apollonian/Dionysian
Exhibition runs: 8th October to 7th November 2010, Tues – Fri (12 – 6pm), Sat (12 – 5pm)
Location: Art Work Space, The Hempel, 31-35 Craven Hill Gardens, London W2 3EA
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