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Circulation-Respiration: Rising Korean Artist Si Jae Byun

Join us for the opening of a new exhibition of Korean contemporary art by Si Jae Byun, with a public opening reception featuring the artist and guest lecture by Asian Contemporary Art specialist Tally Beck on Friday, November 1 at 6:30 pm. 

Circulation-Respiration features 12 paintings, drawings, video and installation works inspired by a philosophy of genetic connections between the natural world, architecture, and humanity. Using characteristics of human internal organs and artwork incorporating urban buildings and home appliances, the artist develops a unique representation of human body structure in relation to rapid urbanization. For example, in her stop-action film Co-Habit, Byun successfully depicts the hectic moments of a construction site by turning a utility crane into a giant clock. 

The opening reception will include a special lecture entitled Korean Contemporary Art by Mr. Tally Beck, director of Tally Beck Contemporary Gallery in New York. As an Asian Contemporary Art specialist, Mr. Beck had participated numerous art fairs, namely SCOPE Basel, Art Asia Miami, and the LA Art Show. His gallery opened in 2010 in order to further provide information about Asian contemporary art to the public. 

Complimentary Korean refreshments will be served at the opening following the program. 

About the Artist 

Si Jae Byun is currently a resident artist at the Arlington Art Center in Virginia and recently held a solo exhibition in New York at the Tally Beck Contemporary Gallery. Ms. Byun graduated from Kukmin University, School of Art then finished her Master’s degree at New York School of Visual Arts. As a multimedia artist, she participated in a number of private and group exhibitions both in New York and Korea. She is the recipient of the 2013 Phillips Collection Emerging Artist Prize and her artwork will be presented at the Phillips Collection in Washington DC. 

Ms. Byun works with a variety of media, including painting, video, and installation. Her installations focus on personal and social experiences, with an emphasis on inner conflict. By creating interactive work, she fabricates a space in which viewers engage with their surroundings and each other. Combining juxtaposing elements from natural and artificial environments, she allows for a better understanding of relationships in contrasting settings.