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Shyun Song executes her minimalist oil paintings around pairs of concepts in the titles of her works. Tension is paired with Intensity, for example, both featuring bold contrasts between primary colors. She starts by delineating a concept in a purposefully short amount of time, and then uses the fewest, simplest brushstrokes to put forward the effect of those ideas themselves. Her art pares down life’s most complex but universal concepts to representational forms. As emotions can both pair and contradict, so do her paintings.
Born in South Korea / Works in NY
Shyun's minimalism does the maximum in bringing out the intensity of shapes and colors. What seem like stable forms - rectangles, tubes, and lines - never sit quietly on the ground. Shyun tips these shapes on their corner, drops them over a shadow, and slices just a little of their edges like soft cheese, capturing the brief moment where the stability of geometry meets the imagination of our eyes.