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Jaeyeon Yoo: Dream Weaving, at Union Gallery

Date: Friday 15 September - Saturday 21 October 2023
Union Gallery | 94 Teesdale Street | London E2 6PU |

Tickets: Free | Official notice on gallery website here
Gallery hours Thursday - Saturday, 12 - 6 pm or by appointment
Jaeyeon Yoo: Butterflies Dream
Jaeyeon Yoo: Butterflies Dream (2023). Oil on canvas 150 – 120cm (detail) (Courtesy the gallery and artist)

UNION Gallery is pleased to present London-based Korean artist, Jaeyeon Yoo’s Dream Weaving exhibition. The array of works brings together the artist’s latest body of paintings, delving into the transcendent and enchanting realm of dreams and memory via the interplay of shifting boundaries between reality and imagination. The central axis is to create a surreal narrative that reminds us of fantasy literature

Yoo’s artistic journey takes us to an unknown place, a domain where thoughts blend with memories of both visited and uncharted territories. It is a place where certainty coexists with anxiety, where the artist embarks on a continuous exploration marked by attempts and failures. Knowledge, emotions, fantasies, dreams, and facts float like a ghost in the air, and at some point, they gently land on the painting, like dust settling

Yoo’s paintings weave a rich tapestry of emotions, where personal narratives merge desires, anxieties, guilt, and reflections on mortality. “The night walker” is a recurring motif in Yoo’s work, yet the human figures remain elusive. These enigmatic figures hold a nervy presence in the landscape, inviting viewers to explore the purpose and essence of their existence. The figures are accompanied by anthropomorphic nature, street animals, and bird-like shapes that radiate as transformed beings yearning for the figure’s attention.

The intention is to diminish the prominence of the beings, embedding emotions into surrounding environment. Yoo’s landscapes serve as portals to a fantastical setting where memory and imagination converge. The artist recognises that natural elements in our world bear the weight of emotive reactions in their very essence, offering confines of the human experience.
In the density of a forest, one can feel the enchanting allure of life alongside the unsettling sensation of being watched. Vibrant blooms and ephemeral butterflies mirror the transient nature of life itself. Mountains and canyons evoke both the breathtaking majesty of nature and the disconcerting feeling of being a small, insignificant observer in a grand and ever-changing landscape. The moon and stars remind us of the vast mysteries that exist beyond our earthly realm. The landscapes become a conduit to emotions and memories, forging a profound and evocative connection with the viewer.

Yoo’s paintings allow entry into an imaginative space where emotions and memories seamlessly blend, forging a deep and captivating connection with the audience, ultimately leaving them with feelings of fascination and introspection.

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