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Yuni Lee: Mindscapes

Ro2 Art

Ro2 Art is proud to present Mindscapes, an exhibition of new work by Yuni Lee. The exhibition will open January 21 and remain on view through March 11, 2023, with an opening reception to be held at Ro2 Art’s expansive new gallery in Dallas’ Tin District, located at 2606 Bataan St., Dallas, TX, from 7-10pm.

In her newest solo exhibition Mindscapes, Yuni Lee
presents a series of large-scale paintings that explore the dynamic relationship between nature and technology. Her work takes inspiration from organic objects, including leaves, flowers, and branches; and technology, such as circuit boards, microchips, and electronic devices, transforming them through varied stylistic devices into intricate, rhythmic networks. Lee’s multimodal approach to painting, ranging from energetic, gestural brush marks to tightly composed details, captures the complex realities of humanity’s interactions with the environment. Mindscapes creates a space for contemplating these interconnections and envisioning the interdependence we have between the natural and constructed worlds.

Artist Statement

Yuni Lee was born in South Korea, and from an early age was intrigued by traditional Korean artwork, the beauty of mainstream Korean culture, and many multicultural contemporary artists, all of which inspire her work.

Lee’s inspiration, by the interactions that can be found between the organic and the geometric, are observed through nature and the evolution of mankind. In her paintings, she strives to synchronize the complexities of these dynamics; in an effort to relay and integrate the two subtleties with the feelings of organic and material design. In addition to her approach, she also brings her experience of her South Korean cultural upbringing and Journey, which both shaped and influenced her interest.

In translating the familiar, strange, and elegant patterns around us, as well as describing her thoughts on environmental consciousness, she chooses natural paradigms: flowers, trees, leaves, fruit, and animals; She then contrasts that with human-made structures representing humankinds’ accomplishments, circuitry, and modern technology. In juxtaposing the themes and shapes organically and rhythmically and using recycled mixed media as well as traditional painting techniques, her goal is to create discrete moments that can relay the strange and beautiful circumstance that is our humanity and place in the natural world. In understanding that the human influence on the environment is as much a part of nature as is what is also born from the earth, we can find balance in our habits. Our perception and beauty in what is both taken from and given back to us, our home, our Earth.

About The Artist

Yuni Lee is a mixed media artist with a diverse art-making practice using mix-media abstract painting, vibrant colors and collective patterns to demonstrate dimensional harmony of both earth and technology: She is committed to making art about expression, power and community. Her works show the bright colorscapes and the materials of mass-production mixing their DNA with the forms and palettes, dancing in the harmony of Korean impressions. She uses mixed color patterns, blending of materials to express different cultures and nature. Her large-scale paintings and installation works recycle elements of both contemporary and traditional visual culture.

She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree of Arts and Performance. She is also a graduate of Masters of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing at the University of North Texas. She has participated in numerous group and collaborative exhibitions in Texas and elsewhere, including Dallas Art fair, ArtAspen, Fort Worth Community Art Center and Greater Denton Art Council. She is currently a Lead Faculty professor for the Foundations Program for the University of North Texas. Her work is represented by Ro2 Art Gallery in Dallas and she currently resides in Dallas, Texas.

About Ro2 Art

Ro2 Art is a contemporary fine art gallery representing a diverse group of emerging, mid-career, and established contemporary artists–many with ties to the North Texas Region. The gallery will open its expansive new space in Dallas’s Tin District, just West of downtown Dallas, in January 2023. Founded in 2010 by mother-and-son partners Susan Roth Romans and Jordan Roth, Ro2 Art regularly collaborates with organizations such as The MAC and the Cedars Union. Ro2 Art has twice been named Dallas Observer’s “Best Art Gallery” and was presented with the 25th Annual Obelisk Award for small business by the North Texas Business Council for the Arts. The gallery’s art fair program has included the Dallas Art Fair, Texas Contemporary, and Art Aspen. More info: www.ro2art.com

All works will be on view January 21, 2023–March 11, 2023. Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, January 21, 2023, 7-10pm at Ro2 Art, located at 2606 Bataan St., Dallas, TX. For more information, visit www.ro2art.com, or call Jordan Roth at 214.738.7971.

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