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Yun and Yang Art Exhibit Explores Duality of Eastern and Western Cultures
Jeong –Choon Yun and Rimi Yang Bring Latest Works to Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery February 3-28, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas – Three artists with Eastern roots blend ancient techniques with Western influences to reveal a highly curated collection of art that goes deeper than the canvas. In Jeong-Choon Yun’s case, the canvas is actually bark from Dak trees in South Korea where annually the couple returns to gather the material and put it through a 2000 year old process of boiling, beating, cleaning, drying and ultimately creating tapestries that are organic and time honored. Rimi Yang’s artistic style also bridges the East and the West by incorporating ancient Japanese block print and 19th century portraiture as well as bold abstract color and energy. A beautifully balanced exhibit will be on display at the Russell Collection Feb 3-28, 2015 with a unique opportunity to witness the paper making process on Saturday, Feb 7 from noon – 2 pm, followed by a completion of the art in a Meet the Artists Reception from 6-9 pm with all three artists in attendance.

“There is something very soothing about each of their works – quiet by way of presentation, but very bold in the message each piece communicates – it’s quite ethereal and art collectors will have a marvelous time viewing this exquisite collection,” says gallery owner Lisa Russell.

The Yuns are a married couple, each of them educated in South Korea and received BFA’s at Kemyung University, in Daegwoo, with majors in Western art. Each of them pursued their individual art careers, to great acclaim and recognition, in their homeland and abroad. When their two sons decided to come to the U.S. to further their studies their parents also emigrated. Jeonghan received a second MFA at the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco, with an emphasis in Printmaking. The Yuns made a monumental decision several years ago. They determined that, with differing sensibilities and visions, they could create works as a team differently than what they did individually. They sign each work with both of their names and add in each of their thumbprints, which have been dipped into pigment, to signify their approval of each completed masterpiece.

Rimi Yang is an ethnic Korean who was raised in Osaka, Japan. She followed her passion for art and studied at California State University and the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, and additionally the Otis College of Art and Design. She currently resides in Santa Monica, CA, but has traveled extensively to hone her skills and enrich her artistic reservoir. Collectors say her work is “intensely emotional, unique and sophisticated.” She pulls iconic images from art history and deconstructs them, while cultivating new methods and techniques. This results in viewers being led on a mysterious journey into each piece – sometimes confusing, yet always captivating.

WHEN: A live paper making demonstration by Joeng and Choon Yun will take place on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 12-2 pm. That evening, they will complete the piece of art during a Meet the Artists Reception with the Yuns and Rimi Yang from 6-9 p.m. The event is open to the public and an RSVP is requested. Art will be available for acquisition and the exhibit will be on display through Saturday, February 28, 2015. 512-478-4440.
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

WHERE: Russell Collection Fine Art, 1137 West 6th St., Austin, Texas 78703-5338
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