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Korean painter and sculptor Hyun Jung Ahn (b. 1986) creates work that investigates personal connection through enigmatic, abstract forms. Her process begins with a visual diary that draws from emotional states, emphasizing capsules of time that crystalize feelings and words with color and form. Ahn earned a first MFA from Duk-Sung Women’s University, Seoul in 2013 before she received her second MFA in painting and drawing from Pratt Institute in 2017.

Ahn currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

15 Hyun Jung Ahn_ I Do Not Want to Hear you, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 34x32 inches.JPG

The Shapes of Mind

In my current body of work, The Shapes of Mind, I create an indirect language using enigmatic, abstract shapes. They are capsules of time, feelings which I cannot communicate verbally.

12 Hyun Jung Ahn_There Were The Winds At Vermont, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 127x101.6 cm, 50x40 in .jpg

“The different shapes and colors suggest emotions and states of being based on my poems. After I moved to New York, I suffered with the language barrier. This experience allowed me to choose an alternate way to express myself. I am exploring the visual language and I title the series of work as ‘Shapes of Mind; What I Wanted to Say’.”

10 Hyun Jung Ahn_Installation of Dark Wind_ The Wind Never Bother Me, 2018, acrylic on canvas, (160x385cm 63x151 ½ in).jpg

“The works begin with looking. By paying attention, not just with the eye but with the entire body, every experience has potential. A breeze on the skin, the presence of loved ones, a bridge or a mountain seen from afar are equally likely to form the basis of a painted counterpart.”

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“The process that follows is one of reduction, but not for reduction’s sake. The impact of my work comes from what remains, not from what’s been removed. Drawing is next. The line that connects the eye and the hand, that passes through the heart and wraps itself around experience is made manifest in small, densely worked, oil pastel drawings on paper. Paintings and sculptures are created based on the shapes and colors from the drawing. The shapes offer an impression, one that has been condensed and suspended, of a moment both known and distant. What remains is the memory of the thing, at once more fleeting and concrete than the thing itself.”

19 Hyun Jung Ahn_My Winter Came Back Again and His Brunnett Is Still Beautiful, 2019, Acrylic on canvas, 30.48x30.48cm each, 12x12 in each.jpg

“The shapes offer an impression, one that has been condensed and suspended, of a moment both known and distant. What remains is the memory of the thing, at once more fleeting and concrete than the thing itself.

Solo Exhibitions

2019 'Shapes Of Mind', Gallery Lamer, Seoul, Korea

2017 ‘What I Wanted To Say’, Dekalb Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA

2013 ‘The One Delicate Moment’, Gallery Lamer, Seoul, Korea

2012 ‘From Here’, Gallery Insa, Seoul, Korea, USA

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Group Exhibition (a selected list)

2019

Three person exhibition (Title TBD), Hidden M Gallery, Seoul, Korea (Forthcoming in August)

Duksung Women's Univ. Alumni Association 50 years Anniversary Exhibition, Insa Gallery, Seoul, Korea (Forthcoming in June)

2018

Bear Necessities: Pratt Fine Arts Alumni Exhibition 2018, Dekalb Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Nu Perspectives, Nu Hotel, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Passion. Continued: A Wave of Peace from Korea to the World, Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Center, New York, NY, USA

Capsule Show, Pier 94, New York, NY, USA

Sugar is Sweet, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Ahn, Dastgheib and Hurt Pop up Show, 3 Walls, Brooklyn, NY, USA

2017

Unrestricted, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA

BOW, The Midway Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

Passion. Connected, 100x100’, Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Center, New York, NY, USA

'Art Hearts Fashion’ at New York Fashion Week, Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York, NY, USA

Summer Group Show, Art Mora, NJ, USA

Small Works 2017, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA

The Graduate Fine Arts 2017, Schafler Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Four Seasons, Village West gallery, NJ, USA

I Read Therefore I am, Pfizer 700, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Benefit Art Show for Niños de Guatemala, Primary, New York, NY, USA

Novelty Fun Pack, Pratt studio gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA

2016

'Never Stop Never Settle', Wild rabbit project from Hennessy, Art Basel Miami, FL, USA

Opening Show, Gallery 180, Brooklyn, NY, USA

IPCNY Print Fest 2016, IPCNY center, New York, NY, USA

Potluck, Steuben Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Fine Arts MFA 2016, Schafler Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Inside the Window Glass, Dekalb gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA

The Unoriginal Show, Pratt Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA

2015

All at Once, Steuben Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA

2014

ASYAAF(Asia Students and Young Artists Art Festival), Old Seoul station, Seoul, Korea

2013

When Spring Comes with Blooming Flowers, Gallery Palais de Seoul, Seoul, Korea

Going with Master and Pupil, Bridge gallery, Seoul, Korea

Muet, Fun gallery, Seoul, Korea

2012

Link Between, Yeon gallery, Jeju, Korea

2011

8th Moving Sound, Gana Artspace, Seoul, Korea

Imagining Things, Glass gallery, Seoul, Korea

2010

7th Moving Sound' Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Quark, Gallery PICI, Seoul, Korea