First Friday Gallery Opening: Part of the Whole

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Date and Time:
Date: 03/06/2020
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Picnic Wine & Provisions
7301 Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60626

Please join us for the opening of Part of the Whole, an exhibition of paintings by Chicago-based artist WooJin Shin, on March 6 from 7-9 pm at Picnic Wine & Provisions.

The paintings in this show represent a small selection of WooJin Shin’s body of work, which undulates between detailed mark-making and cloudy abstraction. This selection of paintings is an ebb in that ongoing current. Shin works and reworks his paintings over time so that each one is made up of multiple layers. Marks are never erased, rather, the final painting is the result of multiple iterations. Shin’s paintings encourage sustained viewing; his intricate patterns, scribbles, and smudges draw viewers close, then expand and synthesize the whole.

Shin feels a kinship with artists from the Dansaekhwa movement, a period in 1970’s Korea in which painters valued repetition as a meditative process. In East Asian culture and philosophy, an individual is seen not as a separate entity, but as a part of their surroundings. Similarly, Shin considers his paintings not as discrete objects with defined subject matter, but extensions of himself. They are not images with subject matter, they are markers of time and documents of the artist’s experience. Shin calls them, “frames within the time sequence of my life.”

WooJin Shin is a Korean artist currently living and working in Chicago, IL. He has received his BFA in 2017 and MFA in 2019 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is a founder of Jowol gallery in JeonJu, South Korea, and a member of carbon copy collective.

This exhibition is curated by Susan Mackey.

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