Michelle Knox and Eunkang Koh
July 1 - August 9, 2008
Opening Reception: Thursday July 10, 6-9pm
Michelle Knox and Eunkang Koh 2-artist show of new works in metal and glass by Michelle Knox and gouache and ink by Eunkang Koh. Both Knox and Koh approach the landscape of our reality (or unreality) from a tranquil center. Each artist has shown extensively, but this marks the debut of both Knox and Koh at Varnish Fine Art.
Eunkang Koh constructs worlds in gouache and ink on paper where creatures of an animal/human hybrid nature act, exist, and adapt within monumental, illusionary landscapes that become players in the narrative themselves. Koh's personal philosophy is heavily influenced by early exposure to Korean myths and the tenets of Buddhism where the physical world in which we live is nothing more than a perceived illusion. "My characters contain ironic gestures that simultaneously evoke humor and the grotesque," says Koh. "My work illustrates how I see humans and human society. It is a visualization of my own perception of society using satirical and metaphorical representations of creatures." San Francisco Bay Area artist Michelle Knox relocated from the East Coast over a decade ago. Knox incorporates glass and metal in each of her works to create sculpture that emphasizes grace and subtlety of form. "My work and my working process attempts to find tranquility. To reconnect myself with myself and to others," says Knox.