The World is a Stage, but the Play is Badly Cast

Detail of "Post-eleven Minutes" by HYON GYON, image courtesy of the artist and Shin Gallery 

The World is a Stage, but the Play is Badly Cast | Batu Museum

May 24 - June 12, 2017

55 Broadway
New York, NY
(between Morris Street and Exchange Alley)
Generously donated by Harbor Group Management Company

Nearest Trains: 4, 5, R

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 25, 6 - 8pm

Open Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 10am - 6:30pm
On view 24/7, through window.

"The World is a Stage, but the Play is Badly Cast," is an inaugural pop-up show featuring the works of six contemporary artists--Hyon Kyon, Louise Bourgeois, Goshka Macuga, Lucas Samaras, and Keunmin Lee--displayed in a new venue at 55 Broadway that marks Shin Gallery's launch of Batu Museum, a "mobile museum" traveling around different venues to promote artists and their work with better flexibility and accessibility. The exhibition presents a unique collection of seemingly disparate works, ranging from mixed media sculpture to photography, and invites the viewer to imagine his or her own script for each of the artist's individual spectacle cast on the merged landscape of physical and emotional drama.

About the Artists
Hyon Gyon (b.1979, South Korea, based in New York)
Hyon Gyon received her B.A. from Mokwon University in Korea and her M.A. and PhD from Kyoto City University of Arts in Japan. Inspired by the Shamanism She had one-person and group exhibitions at the Museum of Kyoto; the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo; Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto; Asian Art Museum of San Francisco; Carnegie Art Museum, and Shin Gallery, New York. Hyon Gyon’s work is included in, the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the High Museum of Art, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, the Kyoto City University of Arts, and the Takahashi Collection, among others. She has received several fellowships and awards, including the Asao Kato International Scholarship, the Kyoto Cultural Award and the Tokyo Wonder Wall Competition Prize.

Louise Bourgeois (b.1911, Paris France; based in NY)
Beginning her artistic practice in her native Paris, Louise Bourgeois was originally associated with Surrealism due to her integration of fantastic elements into her prints and sculptures. Upon moving to New York in 1938, Bourgeois focused primarily on sculpture, crafting biomorphic forms that curator Lucy Lippard has described as enacting the physicality of the body as experienced from within. Bourgeois’s suggestive organ-like contours and early use of unconventional materials (like resin, latex, and cloth) allude to a tension between quintessentially male and female forms. This recurrent interrogation of the male/female dialectic aligns Bourgeois with the Feminist movement, but her work has also been examined through the lens of Abstract Expressionism, as she exhibited with artists such as Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko.

Goshka Macuga (b. 1967, Warsaw, Poland, based in London, United Kingdom)
Goshka Macuga approaches her art practice like a research project. She uncovers mystical stories and ideas, and then uses conventions of archiving and museum display to translate the research into visual language. She has created environments in which to display work by other artists, collections of books, or curiosities—often making an allusion to the artistic process. For the project It Broke from Within (2010), researched in the Walker Art Center archives for months, culminating in an installation of a tapestry depicting the Minnesotan wilderness woven with archival snippets, viewing platforms and sunken seating areas, and displays of texts, old photographs, and other materials from the vaults.

Marlene Dumas ( b. 1953, Cape Town, South Africa)
Widely known for the gestural quality and austerity of her oil and watercolor paintings, Marlene Dumas’s work confronts difficult themes from pornography to segregation. Her figurative paintings often depict nude bodies engaged in amorous acts, some of them erotic, some disconcerting. By playing with perspective and the proportionality of these figures, Dumas highlights only what is most important—the expression, the point of contact, the epicenter of emotion. Using as her starting point photographs from her personal collection and the print media, Dumas recreates them in grays and browns, a palette well suited for her 2010 exhibition "Against the Wall" at David Zwirner, in which she captures with characteristic starkness the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Lucas Samaras (b. 1936, Greece)
Though he has received acclaim for work in a variety of mediums including film, painting, and sculpture, Lucas Samaras is best known for his photography, particularly his self-portraits. Samaras innovated a technique of hand-manipulating the dyes in Polaroid film to distort the photographic images, sometimes blurring parts of his face with gestural scratches and squiggles or misaligning his body. As the nude figure in the affective, color-saturated series, “Photo-Transformations” (1973-1976), Samaras-as-subject is depicted as being angry, in pain, and at odds with himself.

Keunmin Lee (b. 1982 Korea, based in Seoul, Korea.)
Keunmin Lee received his B.F.A. from Seoul National University. He has had solo and group exhibitions since 2003 in Seoul and exhibited in the U.S for the first time at Shin Gallery in 2014. In Seoul, Lee exhibited his work and select drawings in Eve Gallery and Hyun Gallery in 2010, in Damn Gallery in 2011, again in 2013, and In the group exhibition "All the Windows to the World" at the Blume Museum of Contemporary Art in Paju, Korea in 2015.

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