Hyunmee Lee at the NuArt Gallery in Santa Fe

Lyn and I spent an afternoon during our Thanksgiving break with our friend Hyunmee Lee’s new paintings in Santa Fe, an exhibition called “Epochal Dimensions.” We have lived for a decade with three of Hyunmee’s paintings. I wrote about the large black-on-white painting chunji-changjo / Heaven and earth a few years ago HERE. The smaller paintings were a gift when Hyunmee left Utah for Santa Fe.

It is one thing to see and even live with a painting, quite another to see a painting in the context of other paintings done during the same 6-month period. It was enlightening to stand between and before and behind the paintings of “Epochal Dimensions.” In the midst of the large paintings that make up the new exhibition, I witnessed variations on a theme: black box or blob or even triangle plus cyan box or blob or slash plus yellow impulses and even lavender touches connected and commented on by lines of black—all on a canvas painted and overpainted with white. Look at the various positions of the black. Of the cyan. Of the pale yellow. Of the lavender. See how them move from canvas to canvas. They move! They rearrange themselves. They speak with one another: This! And this! But this! No, this! Why not this? Each painting fascinating with its own complexities. Together they were magical.

 

For images on the gallery site, click HERE

About Scott Abbott

Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University, 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I'm Director of the Program in Integrated Studies and former Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade), and translations of a book by Austrian author Peter Handke and of a catalogue of an exhibit called "The German Army and Genocide." More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as a watershed scientist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a corrections officer, as university students, and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett and our yellow dog Blue. Some publications at http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/
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