Toh, Yun-Hee: The Hidden Beauty
Period
Venue
Opening
March 17th - May 5th, 2007
Galerie Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland
March 16th, 2007 at Galerie Beyeler
Highlights
Being
Oil and pencil on canvas
2000
Being
Oil and pencil on canvas
2004
A Shdow without Substance
Oil and pencil on canvas
2004
A Shdow without Substance
Oil and pencil on canvas
2004
A Magnificent Wind
Oil and pencil on canvas
2005
Being
Oil and pencil on canvas
2003
All the molecules in my body are buoyed with purity and ecstasy (diptyque)
Oil and pencil on canvas
2004
All the molecules in my body are buoyed with purity and ecstasy (diptyque)
Oil and pencil on canvas
2004
Being – Forest
Oil and pencil on canvas
1999
In stark contrast to the turbulent and challenging times of the last century when it was not always so easy to find beauty in life, Yun-Hee Toh finds herself living in Korea far more economically prosperous and politically stable. Today, people have a life of growing abundance and are surrounded by beautiful objects - some natural and many man-made. And yet, the pace of contemporary society has hastened to such frenzy that people have become almost obivious to the beauty around them. After all, aesthetic appreciation requires time for both contemplation and reflection. Hence, in her life and in her works Yun-Hee Toh has intentionally learned to take pause and search for the inner components of beauty found especially in the cycles of nature. While believing that each stage of life has its own secrets and unspeakable beauty, she has focused primarily on the degenerative stages of plant life. At the end of every cycle, traces of what once existed remain and these remains encapsulate the imperishable qualities of beauty and the ceaseless potential for rebirth and renewal.
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