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ANIMA/ANIMUS OTTOGI

Soon-yeal Yang’s centerpiece, for the past years, has been the Ottogi sculpture. A stylized version of the female body, the rounded form, much like a roly poly toy, bounces back, when pushed off balance. The artist regards the Ottogi as an embodiment of “the female,” motherhood, Mother Earth, the root of all beings, tranquility and warmth – much needed sentiments in a time of turmoil.

Her series of sculptures titled “Homo Sapiens” presenting a much more abstract form of the human body, that encompasses both male and female, leads up to Ottogi, the “goddess,” in the center of the exhibition. The artist has created these tabletop sculptures (aluminum, 4 – 8 inches high) for the past 15 years. Their abstract forms recall various precedents --- Rodin’s “Balzac,” Brancusi’s smooth shapes, even ancient Chinese scholar’s rocks. In Asia these stones are respected for their beauty, which is artistically nourishing, and for their upright, refined and persevering character. Because of this affinity, scholar’s rocks are addressed in terms of respect, such as “Brother,” “Friend” and “Master.” In the case of Soon-yeal Yang’s “Homo Sapiens,” the sculptures take on a similar character, and in the artist’s view become “Mother,” and “Mother Earth,” mirroring the philosophical concept of harmony between humankind and nature.

The paintings in the series “Scarlet Gomujul” are made of acrylic on canvas and gomujul (thread, rubber wire). In the artist’s words, “Thread in my work depicts relationships between people, often complicated and difficult, given to background and individual personalities. The characteristic of the added rubber wire underlines that sentiment. To make our lives harmonious and peaceful, we need to be flexible like rubber wire.”

Anchored in Asian spirituality, Soon-yeal Young reaches out to an international audience by symbolizing sentiments of the female (Ottogi) as a source for establishing harmony and peace in the world, already achieving that in visual terms through her highly inspiring art.

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Date

Oct 30 - Nov 09, 2019

Contact

elgawimmerpcc@gmail.com >

Photos

Installation view of ANIMA/ANIMUS OTTOGI

Elga Wimmer PCC, New York

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Installation view of ANIMA/ANIMUS OTTOGI

Elga Wimmer PCC, New York

Artworks

Soonyeal Yang > <

Homo Sapiens 27

Homo Sapiens 19

Homo Sapiens 14

Homo Sapiens 7

Homo Sapiens 3

Scarlet gomujul 3

Scarlet gomujul 2

Scarlet gomujul 1

Scarlet gomujul

Scarlet gomujul

Scarlet gomujul

Scarlet gomujul

Scarlet gomujul

Scarlet gomujul

Scarlet gomujul

Scarlet gomujul

Scarlet gomujul

Scarlet gomujul

Scarlet gomujul

Homo Sapiens 29

Homo Sapiens 23

Homo Sapiens 15

Homo Sapiens 3

Soonyeal Yang > <

Homo Sapiens 27

Homo Sapiens 19

Homo Sapiens 14

Homo Sapiens 7

Homo Sapiens 3

Scarlet gomujul 3

Scarlet gomujul 2

Scarlet gomujul 1

Scarlet gomujul

Scarlet gomujul

Scarlet gomujul

Scarlet gomujul

Scarlet gomujul

Scarlet gomujul

Scarlet gomujul

Scarlet gomujul

Scarlet gomujul

Scarlet gomujul

Scarlet gomujul

Homo Sapiens 29

Homo Sapiens 23

Homo Sapiens 15

Homo Sapiens 3

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