Tally Beck Contemporary is presenting the first solo exhibition in New York for Korean artist Sijae Byun. Vaginascope: Sijae Byun’s Solo Exhibition opened on September 8, 2013, and will run until November 15, 2013.
The show features approximately 48 paintings, drawings and sculptures inspired by Daoism and the artist’s own unique philosophy of genetic connections between the natural world, architecture and humanity. Tally Beck Contemporary will also present a three-part series of educational programming on the subject of Korean art during the run of the exhibition.
Sijae Byun is a Korean multi-media artist whose installation art and sculptures have been exhibited extensively throughout Korea and the United States. She has had multiple solo exhibitions in Seoul and has been featured in group exhibitions in the New York area. On November 1, she will open her solo exhibition at the Korean Embassy in Washington, DC.
Byun works with a variety of media, including painting, video, and installation. Her installations focus on personal and social experiences, with an emphasis on inner conflict. By creating interactive work, she fabricates a space in which viewers engage with their surroundings and each other. Combining and juxtaposing elements such as natural and artificial environments, she allows for a better understanding of relationships in contrasting settings.
Vaginascope opened at Tally Beck Contemporary, 42 Rivington Street, on Sunday, September 8, 2013, with an opening reception featuring cocktails by Mizu Shochu 美鶴乃舞. In conjunction with the exhibition, the gallery will present a series of talks and lectures on Korean art. On Tuesday evening, September 10, gallery director and art historian Tally Beck lectured on Korean art history from its beginnings to 1910. The following Tuesday, September 17, he will continue with a program on modern and contemporary Korean art. On Tuesday evening, September 24, Beck will interview the artist herself in the gallery with a brief Q&A with the audience.