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Jongsuk Yoon at Galerie Nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder
 Summer Moon , 2020, oil on linen 170 x 140 cm

The Shape of Things

"Where painting and nonconformity meet, the lyrical tilt of Düsseldorf-trained Jongsuk Yoon (*1965) is where speed and direction go off the rails with unsparing tranquility. The world is her oyster. Her translucent stains with blots of colour, quantum orbs, and brutalist triangles evoke a faux-naïf purity with a spontaneous touch. Her gestures are as muscular as Franz Kline’s, the geologic symbols as uncouth as Robert Motherwell’s. Bold touches exuding power, yet restraint, too: she knows how to coax out angular and jagged marks. Here is a painter who revels in process, where physicality is met with subtle gradations of colour. Yoon plays a parlour game with genres – it’s fun to fol- low her autonomous thread through a host of influences. She steals her visual cues from German-school “bad” painting, and waltzes with the likes of Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell, and Gunther Förg. Her raw, off-kilter geometry can bring to mind Erika Verzutti’s three-dimensional paintings. And yet Yoon consistently enlarges the range of her multipronged imagery, asserting a peculiar vocabulary, archaic as they come."

JONGSUK YOON
GALERIE NÄCHST ST. STEPHAN ROSEMARIE SCHWARZWÄLDER, 19 JUNE – 27 AUGUST 2020

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