Paige Jiyoung Moon: Gen 3 | Dreamscape
6830 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90038
Saturday, May 25 at 5:00 PM 7:00 PM
Ends Jun 22, 2024
Steve Turner is pleased to present Gen 3, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based Paige Jiyoung Moon which features works from the past three years that depict scenes of her family engaged in everyday domestic activities as well as on special road trips. Moon’s highly detailed small-scale paintings elevate otherwise ordinary activities such as napping with her daughter, taking a walk and painting her apartment building to something special that needs to be remembered, preserved and cherished. Paintings of road trips are another important aspect of Moon’s studio practice. They convey the grandeur of the landscape but also the tents, the campsite, the traffic and more broadly, the togetherness of friends and family. Her careful details, perspective, cropping and sense of humor make the mundane special, the small monumental and the personal universal. Born in Seoul, Moon moved to the United States to study at Art Center, Pasadena from which she earned a BFA in 2012. She has had two previous solo exhibitions at Steve Turner (2019 & 2020) and has also presented works at several art fairs since 2018. In 2023, her work was included in Made In LA, the biennial exhibition presented at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Moon will next present works at KIAF, Seoul in September 2024. - Steve Turner is pleased to present Dreamscape, a four-person exhibition featuring recent paintings by Pablo Benzo, Marina Iglesias, Emma Steinkraus and Augustina Wang. Though separated by great distance, diverse circumstances and varying motivations, the four artists have studio practices that rely on reinvention, imagination and dream. Classic symbols including a sphynx, unicorns, mirrors and windows fill their images which are at once real and believable, fanciful and impossible. Pablo Benzo creates paintings that are inspired by imagination, dream, design, modern painting and nature. In Dreamscape, he is presenting two paintings, one inspired by Modigliani and another by Cezanne, that include fanciful interiors and furniture within a tropical setting of bright colors. The juxtaposition puts the viewer into an exotic setting that is emotional, rhythmic and musical. Marina Iglesias creates paintings that are based on folklore, medieval and Renaissance painting, myth, tarot and ancient scientific illustration. Familiar and invented imagery are intermingled within verdant landscapes populated by animals and mysterious female characters. Her works allude to the cycles of life and convey hope in spite of the world’s travails. Emma Steinkraus creates paintings that incorporate mythological imagery to express contemporary ideas about gender and ecology. In Sphinx in a Pumpkin Patch, the mythological creature is intended to convey human interconnectedness with nature. Augustina Wang creates paintings that depict powerful Asian women in fantastical settings of her own invention. Inspired by the imagery of video games and the oppression historically faced by Asian women, Wang conjures up scenes with strong women seeking justice and retribution. Elegance and violence are are strange partners yet in Wang’s paintings they coexist nicely. Pablo Benzo (born Santiago, 1982) earned a degree in Graphic Design at University of Chile, 2009 before soon relocating to Berlin where he still resides. In recent years, his work has been included in numerous group exhibitions as well as solo exhibitions at BC Gallery, Basel (2021); Dio Horia, Mykonos (2021); Gallery Animal, Santiago (2018 & 2020) and Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2023). Marina Iglesias (born in 1991, Puerto Real, Cádiz, Spain) earned a BA in Fine Arts and an MA in Artistic Production at the Universitat Politècnica de València. She has had solo exhibitions at Tuesday to Friday Gallery, Valencia (2021); Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2023) and Eligere Gallery, Seoul (2024). She will have her second solo exhibition at Steve Turner in November 2024. Emma Steinkraus (b. 1987, Ithaca, New York) earned a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Williams College and later a Masters in Fine Arts in Painting & Drawing with an Intermedia concentration from the University of Iowa. She had a solo exhibition at 1969 Gallery, New York (2023) and her work has been included in group exhibitions at Untitled Art Fair, Miami; Sow & Tailor, Hong Kong; Hashimoto Contemporary, Los Angeles and Deanna Evans Project, New York. Augustina Wang (b. 1999, New York) received her BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design (2022). She has had a solo exhibition at Sow & Tailor, Los Angeles (2023) and has presented works in group exhibitions at Thierry Goldberg, New York; Sow & Tailor, Los Angeles; Vollery Gallery, Dubai and Cierra Britton Gallery, New York.
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