Opening Reception: Thursday, June 27, 6 – 8pm
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm
DOOSAN Gallery New York 533 W 25th Street, New York, NY 10001
DOOSAN Gallery New York presents Decade Studio, a special exhibition celebrating the 10th anniversary of the gallery. The exhibition opens in June 27th and continues through August 15th. Established in 2009 in Chelsea, Doosan Gallery New York has supported South Korean emerging artists as a part of Doosan Yonkang Foundation, a nonprofit corporation run by a global company Doosan Group. Along with DOOSAN Gallery, Doosan Yonkang Foundation runs the artist’s residency program DOOSAN Residency New York as an integral body of its mission of fostering young artists’ professional and artistic development. As the first nonprofit Korean art gallery established in New York City, DOOSAN Gallery New York is a certified nonprofit organization by the State of New York and the New York State Education Department. Both DOOSAN Gallery New York and DOOSAN Residency New York support artists of South Korean nationality under the age of 40 who work both nationally and internationally. The gallery and residency have supported 58 artists since its initiation.
DOOSAN Gallery New York and DOOSAN Residency New York are located on 25th Street in Chelsea, one of the most influential art districts in the world. Neighboring the internationally recognized art galleries, DOOSAN Gallery provides artists invaluable opportunities to present their work to art lovers, critics, curators, and fellow artists from all around the world. DOOSAN Residency New York accommodates four artists a year, providing each artist a 410-square-foot apartment and 1640-square-foot individual studio space for six months. Artists also have an opportunity to have a solo exhibition in the 850-square-foot gallery space at DOOSAN Gallery New York. By supporting the gallery and the residency in New York, Doosan Yonkang Foundation has expanded its corporate philanthropy, which has been executed for over 40 years since 1978 to the realm of cultural activities. As of 2019, DOOSAN Gallery Seoul and DOOSAN Gallery New York have come to celebrate their 12th and 10th anniversaries respectively.
Artists that DOOSAN Gallery New York presented in early 2009 have now become nationally and internationally prominent artists inspiring recent emerging artists in residency. This network of artists, as well as a rare opportunity to work in New York City with full support are impeccable benefits that DOOSAN Gallery New York and Residency could offer.
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of DOOSAN Gallery New York, Decade Studio invites Jewyo Rhii as a guest curator who was a 2011 DOOSAN Residency New York artist and had a solo exhibition at DOOSAN Gallery New York in 2009. Under Rhii’s curatorial guidance, Decade Studio illustrates on the past ten-year history of the gallery, inviting 58 previous residency artists. As an artist, Rhii has created drawings and installation pieces by reinventing and reconstructing everyday objects into her own sculptural language. In 2016 and 2018 Rhii presented a project Dawn Breaks in collaboration with the artist Jihyun Jung at The Showroom in London and attracted global audiences. In Dawn Breaks Rhii and Jung challenged the form of performance art by operating the whole project itself as a vehicle that creates and narrates the stories of participating artists.
Offering a curatorial framework for Decade Studio, the form of storytelling in Dawn Breaks brings artists who previously exhibited at DOOSAN Gallery New York to the present in an archival setting. Rhii, by taking the objects installed in the gallery space as a body, which speaks for itself, tells audiences the stories of old and new through works of various artists. The gallery space and the objects in it, which have evolved into a narrative per se enable nonverbal communication between the works and audiences. The narrative constructed in the gallery space interweaving through image and text offers audiences a multi-layered yet singular bodily experience. Looking back on the trajectories of 58 artists from a renewed perspective, Decade Studio initiates a conversation between past, present, and future of South Korean artists within the global art world of New York City. Twenty-one works in Decade Studio are mostly derived from DOOSAN Collection.
Jewyo Rhii was born in 1971 in Seoul, South Korea. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (1997) and Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (2000). She participated in Rijksacademie Residency, Amsterdam (2004-5). Her solo exhibitions have taken place at numerous international institutions including Amanda Wilkinson Gallery (2017, London, U.K.), Galerie Ursula Walbrol (2015, Dusseldorf, Germany), Queens Museum (2014, New York, USA), Van Abbemuseum (2013, Eindhoven, The Netherlands), MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst (2013, Frankfurt, Germany), Artsonje Center (2013, Seoul, Korea), DOOSAN Gallery New York (2009, New York, U.S.A.), among others. Large number of group shows have accommodated Rhii including The 11th Gwangju Biennale (2016, Gwangju, Korea), Queens Museum (2015, New York, U.S.A.), Ludwig Forum Aachen (2015, Aachen, Germany), MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst (2014, Frankfurt, Germany), Kunstmuseum Basel (2013, Basel, Switzerland), La Triennale Paris (2012. Paris, France), Media City Seoul, Seoul Museum of Art (2010, Seoul, Korea), the 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008, Gwangju, Korea), The 10th Istanbul Biennale (2007, Istanbul, Turkey), and the Korean Pavilion, The 51st Venice Biennale (2005, Venice, Italy).