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Troy Simmons, Dieter Kränzlein, Alex Rane, Park Byung Hoon, Hannah Quinlivan, and Ye Jin-Young


May 31st, 2018 - July 14th, 2018

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Monochromatic art has expanded since its inception in the early 20th century painting. The exploration of value and tonal changes are used to convey a wide variety of emotions and meaning today. Beginning in Moscow with Russian Suprematist artist Kazimir Malevich with his Black Square on a White Field (1915), monochromatic art works have seen a rapid growth, particularly in New York with the likes of abstract expressionists such as Ad Reinhardt in the 50s, to minimalism with artists such as Agnes Martin and Frank Stella in the 60s. Monochrome continues this tradition and pushes the boundaries of not only the physical materials used, but the range of emotions that they are able to express. The abstraction of form, however, does not equal a simplification of thought. By removing the chromatic range of an object, the artist encourages the viewer to fully absorb the subtle nuances in surface texture and shade, as seen in Troy Simmons’ mixed media works, as well as Alex Rane and Dieter Kränzlein’s marble sculptures. Even comparing two monochromatic abstracted sculptures, the viewer is presented with two radically different works, from the geometric abstractions of Kränzlein to the surreal abstracted figures of Alex Rane. Without the distraction of colors, viewers are also able to see the subtle surface quality as well as the artists’ application and control of materials. Although nostalgic of Frank Stella’s vibrantly colored geometric works, Antonio Marra further enhances the experience of abstraction by injecting a shock of unexpected color in an otherwise monochromatic piece. Black and white are not true colors, but shades meant to distinguish tonal value. Traditionally these shades were made by using paint. However, even this aspect is expanded in “Monochrome” group show. Instead of mixing paints, Hannah Quinlivan employs LEDs to create shades generating through the interaction between lights and shadows. Troy Simmons and Ye Jin-young put a stronger emphasis on what can be seen from the expressive, energetic shapes to the delicate, hand-pulled clay petals

Monochrome, a curated group exhibition showcasing selected artists from JanKossen Contemporary’s international program, will be on view from May 31 – July 14, 2018 with an opening reception from 6-8pm on May 31, 2018. The exhibition will feature artworks by Troy Simmons (USA), Dieter Kränzlein (Germany), Antonio Marra (Italy), Park Byung-Hoon (South Korean/France), Alex Rane (USA/Italy), Hannah Quinlivan (Australia), and Ye Jin-Young (South Korea) which explore the concept of monochromatic abstract art. An online catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

Dieter Kranzlein Untitled (Black Matter) - 2016 Limestone 9.8 x 59 x 7.5 in

Ye Jin-Young Cotton 1_I feel a space of mind - 2015 Cotton Swabs 39 x 53 in

Alex Rane Impressionable Mind - 2017 Carrara Marble 19.5 x 16 x 16 in

Alex Rane Peculiar Head - 2017 Carrara Marble 17.5 x 12 x 12.5 in

Troy Simmons Evolve - 2016 Concrete, aluminum, acrylic 60 x 36 x 18 in

Antonio Marra We are who we are - 2017 Acrylic on canvas 40 x 40 in

Park Byung-Hoon Transferences GRANDE BLANC - 2015 Acrylic glass on plexi 47.2 x 31.5 x 1 in

Park Byung-Hoon White LES SAISONS - 2014 Acrylic glass on plexi 29 x 15 in

Park Byung-Hoon Black LES SAISONS - 2014 Acrylic glass on plexi 29 x 15 in

Yeong-Jea Kim The Rest of the Afternoon - 2014 Photograph on Hahnamühle paper 106 x 55 in

Yeong-Jea Kim Beyond the Sea - 2016 Photograph on Hahnamühle paper 45 x 33 in

Dieter Kranzlein Untitled (Marble White) - 2015 Marble 11.4 x 29.5 x 1.6 in

Dieter Kranzlein Stonecut - 2015 Framed museumglass 47.2 x 31.4 in

Troy Simmons White Washed - 2017 Concrete, Acrylic mix, wood, aluminum 60 x 30 x 2 in

Ye Jin-Young Wind. I feel a space of mind VI - 2017 Clay, mixed media 39.3 x 39.3 in

Ye Jin-Young Wind. I feel a space of mind - 2017 Clay, mixed media 47 x 67 in

Hannah Quinlivan Buried Deep - 2017 Powder coated steel 37 x 56 x 7.5 in

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JanKossen Contemporary, founded in 2009 by Dr Jasmin Kossenjans, is an international dealer of contemporary art representing artists working across disciplines. Its principal focus is the representation of an international group of contemporary artists whose diverse practices include painting, drawing, sculpture, video, large scale installation, and performance. Aside from its represented artists, the gallery collaborates directly on exhibitions and projects with other artists and guest curators. The gallery is committed to presenting its artists’ work in an international context and to firmly establishing their contributions to the cannon of art history. Gallery artists are in the collections of, and have been part of exhibitions at, many museums around the world. Their works have been widely published as artist monographs, in art journals, and among critical theory texts. The gallery operate in Basel, Switzerland, New York, NY; and will open a new exhibition space in Hong Kong in 2019.

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