An Act of Subtle Disruption

“That is the repetitive irritation and unavoidable inconveniences in our lives that are too small to avoid, yet too big to ignore.” - the artist

Blue Blue Blue, 2019, Acrylic and graphite on canvas, 36 x 28 inches, Not For Sale

Blue Blue Blue, 2019, Acrylic and graphite on canvas, 36 x 28 inches, Not For Sale

When walking across a sandy beach, shells sting our feet. Still we continue, despite the discomfort, the underlying anxiety, the fleeting imagination that something bad is going to happen. A cut perhaps. Every shell, every prickly sensation, every disturbance, the sand between our toes.

Splinter, 2019, Acrylic and graphite on canvas, 22 x 20 inches, Not For Sale

Splinter, 2019, Acrylic and graphite on canvas, 22 x 20 inches, Not For Sale

The repetitive irritations and unavoidable inconveniences in our lives are too small to avoid, yet too big to ignore. Placing unrelated abstract and figurative elements together is an act of subtle disruption.

Tripped, 2019, Acrylic and graphite on canvas, 20 x 16 inches, Not For Sale

Tripped, 2019, Acrylic and graphite on canvas, 20 x 16 inches, Not For Sale

I press hard, the lines tremble. They are scribbled furiously and carelessly as I am lining and relining the edges of a clear primed canvas. A canvas frame, seemingly crooked, creates confusion and provides a setting for the awkwardness.

Hanger, 2019, Acrylic and graphite on canvas, 30 x 30 inches, Not For Sale

Hanger, 2019, Acrylic and graphite on canvas, 30 x 30 inches, Not For Sale

Instability is the inevitable element from which the viewer cannot escape; it is part of each moment.

Wavy, 2019, Acrylic and graphite on canvas, 42 x 42 inches, Not For Sale

Wavy, 2019, Acrylic and graphite on canvas, 42 x 42 inches, Not For Sale

About the artist:

Jean Oh (b. 1993) is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Her work provides a base for the viewers to experience the sensitive, emotional statue. That is the repetitive irritation and unavoidable inconveniences in our lives that are too small to avoid, yet too big to ignore.

She holds a BFA from MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) and an MFA from Pratt Institute. Oh has been selected as the winner of the Silver Award for AHL-T&W Foundation Contemporary Visual Art Awards. Her work presented by numerous group shows in the USA: 2019 All In (Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, NY); 2018 Small Work 2018 (Trestle Gallery Brooklyn, NY); and Concept 2018 (CICA Museum, Gimpo, South Korea.)

To view more work by the artist, please visit ohjean.com. You may also follow the artist on Instagram @jean_____o.


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