JP Long and Jung Han Kim
January 17 - February 25, 2006
Opening reception: Saturday January 21, 7-11pm
New metal and glass sculpture by JP Long and new paintings by Jung Han Kim. The tension between the rigidity of steel and the fluidity of glass is a key element in the work of Bay Area sculptor JP Long. Fabricated steel is paired with slumped or blown glass to produce pieces that exude a dynamic authority. The glass is graceful and swooped, almost like spun taffy and is nestled within steel that has a graphite patina.
"Sculpture is the last frontier of great art," says JP. "While work in two dimensions is an impressive illusion, pieces in three dimensions are a reality, a presence in space."
Painter Jung Han Kim's aesthetic is steeped in classical technique, but the almost unbearably rich, ethereal touch he brings to his San Francisco landscapes of busy corners and Bart trains is his alone. When looking at his paintings, it is easy to find yourself feeling as if you're reaching through some highly permeable barrier to a heightened but slightly blurred or smudged present. A present that seems informed by some unexplained, but quite palpable past.
"Every new painting," Han explains, "is built upon the previous ones...like the relationship between there, here and somewhere...I think it is the feeling of haunting from being."