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Jung Hyang Kim, whose paintings juxtapose natural and man-made images, presents an exhibit of her recent works from February 3 through March 7 in the South Gallery in the Ben Shahn Galleries at William Paterson University in Wayne. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. A reception for the exhibit will be held on Thursday, February 6 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Kim's art represents either generic botanical forms or, more rarely, specific botanical flora. Many of her works are diptychs, built out of two conjoined panels – one with geometric images, the other organic.
For example, in "Circles of Life," the left-hand panel features a myriad of bubble-like circles in hues of pink, purple and orange. On the right, red ferns and fronds are partially obscured by broad swatches of black and dark blue; white paint drips down the canvas at opposite corners.

Nancy Einreinhofer, director of the Ben Shahn Galleries, describes Kim’s works as "very painterly and expressionistic in terms of how the paint is applied. Her working method is very apparent – her surfaces feature splatters, splashes and drips of paint as well as obvious brushstrokes."

Art critic Gerard Haggerty wrote: "This artist loves a beautiful surface, which should not be confused with superficial beauty, and our attention glides back and forth between abstract and botanical motifs in a way that suggests the possibility of skating gracefully through life."

Kim received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Seoul National University, Korea and a master of fine arts degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She has exhibited widely both in the United States and in Asia, including solo exhibits at the Phillips Museum of Art in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Exhibition Space at 100 Broadway and Arts Projects International in New York, and Space Gallery in Seoul, Korea. Kim has held positions of artist in residence and guest lecturer in many academic institutions including Bard College, SUNY-New Paltz, School of Visual Arts in New York City; and the Parsons School of Design.

Kim’s exhibit is one of three shows on view concurrently in the Ben Shahn Galleries. On view in the East Gallery are paintings by New York artist Shelley Himmelstein. The Court Gallery exhibit, "Life with Pocket Change and Other Pleasures: An Exhibition of Artists’ Books," presents recent demonstrations of books created as works of art. All exhibits are free and open to the public and are wheelchair accessible.

This exhibit is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

For additional information, please call the Ben Shahn Galleries at William
Paterson University, 973-720-2654.

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For Further Information, contact:
Mary Beth Zeman, Director, Public Relations 973-720-2966