: Hyon Gyon
Lately Hyon Gyon has begun an extended residency in New York City after living in for nine years in Japan. Her practice has radically shifted with this change in where and how she lives. It had been her dream to come to New York and take in the culture of this metropolis. Now her approach to her work is more abstract, more intuitive. Materials and materiality suggest new ways to paint. Abstraction conditioned by the response of diverse materials such as beads, gold leaf, pottery shards, feathers, wax, and encaustic now guides Hyon Gyon in very different directions than the work of my last major series which centered on the figure of a Korean shaman. Hyon Gyon is exploring ways to expand her practice: video, different painting media, and allowing the city to impress itself on her through its textures and surfaces, colors and energy.
Hyon Gyon is based in New York, U.S. She received her B.A. from Mokwon University in Korea and her M.A. and PhD from Kyoto City University of Arts in Japan. She had one-person and group exhibitions at the Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto, in 2006; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, in 2007 and 2010; Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, in 2011; Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, in 2012; and Shin Gallery, New York, in 2013. Hyon Gyon’s work is included in the collections of the Museum of Kyoto, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, 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 and the Tokyo Wonder Wall Competition Prize.