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Summer Selections

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Installation view of works by Gwenn Thomas, Richard Tsao, and Mariano Ferrante in Summer Selections at Art Projects International, New York, 2019.

Richard Tsao, Sun and Surf (diptych), 2010, water-based mixed media on canvas, 19 x 28 inches (48.3 x 71.1 cm)

Art Projects International is pleased to present Summer Selections, a group exhibition featuring works by Mariano Ferrante, Seokmin Ko, Il Lee, Soo Im Lee, Gwenn Thomas, and Richard Tsao.

Mariano Ferrante (b. 1974, Bahía Blanca, Argentina) is one of the most innovative geometric abstract artists working in Argentina today. Ferrante has had solo exhibitions and commissions in leading cultural centers in Buenos Aires including Fundación PROA, Centro Cultural de España, and Centro Cultural Recoleta. His work has also been shown at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires; Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires; and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires. In 2009, he received the Creators’ Grant in Visual Arts from the Metropolitan Fund for Culture, Art, and Science of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires. In recent years, he was invited to create several public installations for landmark buildings such as the Carlos Pellegrini building in the heart of the business district and as well as a site-specific work in the Belgrano E line subway station in Buenos Aires.

Seokmin Ko (b. 1984, Gunsan, Korea. Lives and works in South Korea) is a recipient of many prestigious awards including the 2012 SongEun ArtCube Artist award. Ko’s first U.S. solo exhibition The Square was presented in 2012 at Art Projects International, New York. Other solo exhibitions include Seokmin Ko: Strip Show, Art Projects International, NY (2014) and Seokmin Ko: The Square, SongEun ArtCube, Seoul (2012). Recent exhibitions include Blurred Horizons, Art Projects International, NY (2018); Not Your Ordinary Art Storage, SongEun ArtStorage, Seoul (2017); Mirror Mirror, Spacemom Museum of Art, Chongju, Korea (2016), Summer Love, SongEun Art Space, Seoul (2015), and FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA, San Antonio, TX (2014). His work is represented in major collections including the Fidelity Corporate Art Collection, Boston; Montefiore Collection, New York; and SongEun Art and Cultural Foundation, Seoul. Reviews and feature articles about Seokmin Ko have appeared in major publications including Artnews, CNN Photos, Photo+, and Art in Culture.

Il Lee (b. 1952, Seoul, Korea. Lives and works in New York) is celebrated for his pioneering work with ballpoint pen. His work, with its unorthodox media and distinctive style, has received worldwide recognition. His work has been the subject of numerous major solo exhibitions including his critically-acclaimed mid-career survey at the San Jose Museum of Art in 2007. His work has been exhibited at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum, The Vilcek Foundation, Queens Museum, Crow Museum of Asian Art, Palms Springs Art Museum, Arkansas Arts Center and National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea. His work is represented in major collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, San Jose Museum of Art, Palm Springs Art Museum, Vilcek Foundation, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea, Leeum Samsung Museum of Art (Seoul) and Société Bic (France).

Soo Im Lee (b. 1954, Seoul, Korea. Lives and works in New York) creates bold, multilayered, intuitively derived paintings with imagery and detail that bring to mind complex three-dimensional spatial structures, intricately woven mesh, and lush forests of lines. She received a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Painting from Hong-Ik University in Seoul and a M.A. in Printmaking from New York University. Recent exhibitions include: Soo Im Lee: Across Time and Place, Art Projects International (2017); Marking 2, Art Projects International, NY (2016); Open (C)ALL: Up for Debate, BRIC, NY (2016); Coloring Time, Korean Cultural Service NY (2013); Intersecting Lines, Art Projects International, NY (2012); 911 Arts: A Decade Later, Commons Gallery, New York University (2011), Absence, Queens Museum of Art: Partnership Gallery, NY (2010); and Irrelevant, Arario Gallery, NY (2010).

Gwenn Thomas (b. Rhode Island. Lives and works in New York) is an artist whose work examines how photography shapes our contemporary perception of painting. She studied at the Sorbonne, Paris, and graduated from the Cooper Union School of Art, New York. Recent museum exhibitions include: Gwenn Thomas: Moments of Place, Point of Contact Gallery at Syracuse University (2014); Number 6: Flaming Creatures, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany (2012-13); Accomplices. The Photographer and the Artist Around 1970, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland (2011); Gwenn Thomas/Birgit Hein, I was a male Yvonne De Carlo, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain (2011). Her work is represented in major collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Harvard Art Museums/ Fogg Museum; Graphic Arts Collection, Princeton University Library; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; ‘Plates of the Present’ Collection, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; São Schlumberger, Paris; C.A.M. Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal; and Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany. A survey of Thomas’ work was published by Charta (Milan, Italy) in 2013.

Richard Tsao (b. 1954, Bangkok, Thailand. Lives and works in New York) is known for using a process oriented, labor intensive approach and particular aesthetic of beauty in creating his paintings and works on paper. Tsao’s recent solo exhibitions: Richard Tsao: Works from Industry City, Art Projects International, New York (2014); Richard Tsao: Nam Wan, Art Projects International, New York (2010); Richard Tsao: Flooding, Art Link, Seoul, Korea (2008); Flood, Chambers Fine Art, New York (2005); Portraits, 100 Tonson Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand (2004). Born in 1954 in Bangkok, Thailand, he lives and works in New York. Tsao’s work is represented in major collections including the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection and Montefiore Fine Art Collection, New York.

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