Amy Simon’s latest exhibition, “Richard Klein + Jeesoo Lee: Recent Work.” This exhibition opens with a reception 5:40 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 and features the work of two artists who have in common the utilization of everyday materials in their art. The show on view through Saturday, Nov. 5.
Richard Klein creates beautiful sculptures made of common objects and materials that relate to the human body: eyeglasses, bottles, jars, ashtrays, jewelry and drinking glasses. These found glass pieces are strong, flexible and lightweight, paralleling structural qualities found in biology and architecture. Klein uses secondhand materials, everyday castoffs that are from our material culture.
Klein’s pieces bring to mind the fragility of life. The medium of glass allows viewers to enjoy the way light moves and transforms its environment. Some of the interior surfaces are painted an opaque black, blinding the objects and the viewer’s experience. Light is eclipsed by darkness and uncertainty.
Jeesoo Lee sews, draws and paints on both paper and canvas. Her art is based on psychological states of being (fear, water, suffocation, emptiness and liberation). She constructs and deconstructs her imagery, investigating the world around her.
As a painter, Lee works three dimensionally constructing and deconstructing. By using contrasting materials (thread, paint, pencil), she conveys the tension between traditional notions of abstract painting and an expanded palette of contemporary aesthetic.