June 5 - 23, 2013
Reception: Friday, June 14, 6-8pm
Gallery hours: Wed-Sat 1-7pm � Sun 1-5pm
Gallery Onetwentyeight is pleased to present Quartette, an exhibition of New York-based four Asian
women: Fumiko Kashiwagi (mixed media), Jisoon Soh (sculpture), Soyeon Kim (printmaking), and
Kazuko Hyakuda (photography). The artists, with their backgrounds of profound Asian culture, employ
diverse methods in susceptibility, express their beauty of entity in ethnic and female identity, and
compose a harmonized microcosm Quartette in Lower East Side.
While painting, Fumiko Kashiwagi tries to create new colors of her own. Exploring a combination of
pastel and acrylic colors, she represents details of nature, especially the passage of the four seasons, in
which, based on her unique colors, delicate use of tone, gradation, and shade is made sensitively.
The scenes of time she has rendered include a breeze of early spring, a dazzling summer stream at the
mouth of a river, scarlet-tinged autumn leaves, and heavy snowfalls onto an icy lake.
Artwork of Korean sculptor Jisoon Soh reflects her ideas and experience based on her ordinary life
while she stays in New York City. The clay casting piece, Untitled, is about the relationship between
individuals and society through language they speak. In this case, she used the Korean alphabet as the
language. Untitled (6,885 Miles) is about her existence in the distance between New York and Seoul,
the capital of South Korea. Untitled (After Bruce Nauman) is based on her experience in her college
period in the United States about making artworks.
Soyeon Kim is a printmaker who works with woodcut and lithograph. Images of hands and gloves
appear in her works frequently. She is making self-portraits with the images of her own hands and Hand
gestures. The images of work gloves, which belong to the people around her, are portraits of the owners
of the gloves. Knowing the people and what they do with those gloves help her to bring the owners' and
her own sensibilities come out through the prints.
Kazuko Hyakuda, in photography and then printmaking, focuses on women in actuality and on
women appearing in advertisements, from which she reads their psychological aspects including mental
suffering and subconscious desire. Another motifs of her works are abstract patterns reflected in water
surfaces and in architectural materials such as huge window glasses, steel doors, and shiny wall stones.
She interprets that these reflections composed of nature and artificiality portray women�s complex mode
of life, that is, instantaneous beauty of ambiguity and absurdity.