left: detail of Be Strong by Suejin Jo. right: detail of Daylight by Jamie Martinez
Triangle Dialogues | Suejin Jo and Jamie Martinez
May 2 - 26, 2018
485 Madison Ave (Southernmost Storefront)
New York, NY
(Between 52nd and 51st)
Space provided by Jack Resnick & Sons
Nearest Trains: 6, E, M
Open Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12 - 5pm
Exhibition is visible through storefront window 24/7.
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 5, 5 - 7pm
Two immigrant artists, Korean-born Suejin Jo and Jamie Martinez, who immigrated from Colombia at 12, have teamed up for a show highlighting their common use of the triangle within their abstract paintings.
Suejin Jo’s abstract paintings use geometric forms borrowed from traditional Korean designs of doors and window frames, such as interlocking rectangles. Most of her recent work, made since the last presidential election, has contained a triangle pointing downwards as if suggesting a mountain ready to collapse, indicating the restlessness caused by the calamitous government. Jamie Martinez’s process involves constructing, deconstructing and fragmenting images, data and information geometrically into triangulated segments. His recent paintings investigate the relationship, communication, and documentation of the exchange of energy between the art, the artist and the viewer. He is interested in connecting people through art events, blogging, networking, art projects and his new art space in Bushwick, NY called The Border.
Together, their paintings complement each other and continue to push painting forward, keeping the abstract conversation alive.
About Suejin Jo
Suejin Jo, a Korean-born abstract painter based in New York, studied at Columbia University and the Art Students League. She won a McDowell fellowship juried by Richard Pousette D'art and Romare Bearden, which enabled her to stay in Paris and travel through Europe for a year. Over the years, Jo has painted with a unique medium of oil and dry pigment using the process of "inlay" like Korean potters of the eleventh century. Jo’s work was cited in the New York Times twice in reviews of Parrish Art Museum shows. Helen Harrison of The NYTimes described Jo's painting as having "the character of an ancient wall painting." Deeply interested in the picture surface, Jo continues to explore resistance between oil and acrylic paint, wet on wet, to create interesting textures on the canvas.
Jo has had many solo and group shows in New York City and abroad, including a solo exhibition at the Broome Street Gallery as a result of winning the 2008 Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Solo Exhibition Award sponsored by the NY Artists Equity Association and juried by DC Moore Gallery. Jo has also had solo shows at venues including the Painting Center, ExpoTempo Gallery in Belgium, Reverol Contemporary Art, Carter Burden Gallery, Asyl Gallery, Gallery 456, Elaine Benson Gallery, Ami Gallery, MANIF 2008, and Queens Theatre in the Park. Jo's work is in many private and public collections including Art in General, the Library of Congress, the WTC Memorial Museum, NAPABA Law Foundation, Chase Manhattan Bank, General Instrument Company, the Embassy of San Marino, Sogang University, The Ahl Foundation, and Korea Exchange Bank. Jo's paintings were exhibited by the U.S. Embassies in East Timor and Mexico City. The State Department chose Jo's painting Pontchartrain to be included in its 2012 Desk Calendar titled “Homage to American Women Artists.”
For more information about Suejin's work, please visit her website at http://www.suejinjo.com/ or follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
About Jamie Martinez
Colombian artist Jamie Martinez immigrated to Florida at the age of twelve from South America. He attended The Miami International University of Art and Design then moved to New York to continue his fine art education at The Fashion Institute of Technology and The Art Students League in NYC. He is also the publisher of Arte Fuse, a contemporary art blog focused on art shows that are currently on display, interviews and studio visits with today’s top artists from NY and all over the world.
Martinez’s work has been featured on multiple outlets, such as a half hour personal TV interview with NTN24 (Nuestra Tele Noticias, a major Spanish TV channel) for their show Lideres (Leaders), which was shown in 21 countries with an audience of 41 million people. Other features include Good Day New York (TV interview), Fox News (TV interview), The Observer, Whitewall Magazine, CNN, New York Magazine, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Untitled Magazine, Bedford + Bowery, Whitehot Magazine, Decompoz Magazine (print), The Examiner, Artnerd, Artslife, Artribune and many more. Martinez has shown in Russia, Spain, Canada, Miami, California and numerous galleries in New York City including Petzel Gallery, Whitebox NY, The Gabarron Foundation, Flowers Gallery, Elga Wimmer PCC, Foley Gallery, Rush Gallery, Galerie Protégé, Untitled Space and many more. He also participated in a group show curated by Vida Sabbaghi at the Queens Museum which was very well received by the museum and the press.
For more information about Jamie's work, please visit his website at http://jamiemartinez.net/ or follow him on Instagram.
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