Oh how we enjoyed Emmanuel Fremin Gallery’s The Fancy Animal Carnival by the artist Hung Yi, installed all along the Broadway Mall last year in the Garment District. This month, the Gallery will open its doors to Concrete Jungle, a joint exhibition with artists Hung Yi and photographer, Young Sam Kim.
Playing on each others imagination and whimsy, the artist, Hung Yi features new works of his signature colorful animal-based symbols of Taiwanese traditions, while Young Sam Kim brings the viewer on an imagined tour through the psychology and philosophy of the modern world of alternative construction.
Born in Taichung, Taiwan in 1970, Hung Yi creates figures inspired by day-to-day life in Taiwan, transforming them into exaggerated humans and animals ~ reflecting folk culture, some of these figures are believed to bring luck. The creation of his stunning sculptures was a career shift that he made at the age of thirty, after a successful career as the owner of nine restaurants. Following his love of art, his sculptures has been very well received, with major exhibitions worldwide.
Born in Busan, South Korea, Young Sam Kim brings to life a unique and heightened sense of expression in his photography, having exceptional perception due to an auditory-verbal impairment at birth. “After receiving a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2002, Kim continued to reside and work between New York and South Korea – traveling to the world’s most celebrated metropolis, Kim drew heavy inspiration from diaphanous threads of commonalities thought to connect every urbanite on a simple, yet distinctively existential plane, despite variations in language, culture, and color.” Kim is returning to Emmanuel Fremin Gallery after his solo exhibition, Dark Cities, at the Gallery in 2015.
Concrete Jungle will be on view from November 16 to December 30, 2017, with an artist reception on Thursday, November 16 from 6:00-8:00pm. Emmanuel Fremin Gallery is located 547 West 27th Street, #510. Follow the Gallery on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr.