Troublantes lignes – Le Vif/ L’Express
This summer, ifa gallery presents a group show on the subject of “the line”, curved and blurred in an exploration of sensuality. The exhibition proposes the highly personal approach to the subject by ve artists of different cultural origins: Korean, Latvian and Polish. Three young Korean artists exhibit graphic and subtle works.
Ju Young Ban (1978) studied painting at the Pratt Institute of Brooklyn. Through her drawings, paintings and installations, she proposes forms evoking the growth of natural elements and living creatures. Their invisible connections echo her artistic language, delicate and fragile.
The meticulous works of Yulim Song (1983) are engravings on white painted wood, representing childhood scenes. They form a memorial landscape in which time seems suspended. The third young Korean invited artist, Jinhwa Jung (1986), paints in diluted ink, using traditional ink-stick on Korean paper. From his unde ned shapes emerge intimate and sensual scenes.
Latvian artist Zane Mellupe (Latvia, 1981) approaches the subject of femininity with an inde nable grace. Her works are made from photographs on wood, then blackened in pencil, or printed on a circular aluminium screen. They speak to us of maternity, sensuality, hinting at the curve of a breast, the roots of a plant, or of its budding leaves. In an echo of this sensuality, the re-worked photographic images of Paulina Otylie Surys (Poland, 1979) express a more corporal approach. The lines of her compositions come together before breaking apart; the parts of the female body become destructured in an exploration of the ambiguous nature of attraction.