Unix Gallery at Start Art Fair
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UNIX Gallery is excited to announce its participation in the inaugural
START Art Fair, to be held at Saatchi Gallery London
from June 26 - 29, 2014. The gallery takes a step further in its
aim to introduce perspective artists and mediums to the subsequent
market. The only participant based in New York, UNIX
Gallery is presenting a two-artist show featuring Justin Bower
and KwangHo Shin. Both artists are pioneers in the realm of
portraiture and have brought the genre into the 21st century on
both a conceptual and technical level.
Justin Bower’s striking and complex portraits speak to the destabilizing effect technology has on
the individual and how it has infected the daily lives of contemporary man. The artist places these
post-humans in a nexus of interlocking spatial systems and uses the doubling of certain features of
the face - such as three eyes, spliced noses, melting mouths - to optically play with instability and conceptually
destabilize the subject. Born in San Francisco and currently living in Los Angeles, Bower’s
post-human ‘subject’ separate human from non-human, interior from exterior and self from binaries.
He addresses an invasive trauma that is encountered daily and how we might interact with it symbolically.
South Korean artist KwangHo Shin attempts to capture the complex relationship between the expression
of emotion and the experience of the mind. With roots in Abstract Expressionism, he employs
intense and vibrant oils juxtaposed with charcoal to distort the facial features of his subjects and confront
them psychologically. The artist deliberately refuses the depiction of precise form and proportion
in an effort to transcend conventional representation and in turn confronts a more visceral type of
portraiture. Faces are deconstructed but retain the power of expression as the artist reimagines them
in a patchwork of carefully yet energetically applied strokes of color. Shin’s paintings convey the inner
psychological state of his subjects but also remind the viewer of the artist’s presence and process.
Both artists share a conceptual common ground focusing on the ambivalence between the individual
and the many, consciousness and subconsciousness, emotion and rationality. Thematically, technically,
and conceptually, these artists are on the forefront of the contemporary art market. UNIX Gallery’s
curated two-man-show will provide a stimulating and provoking experience on an intellectual and
sentimental level to viewers at the fair.
For more information please visit http://startartfair.com.