Jun 5th 2021

Although there will be no reception, we are holding expanded opening weekend hours on Saturday and Sunday. Masks are required. Occupancy remains limited due to Covid-19 related precautions; priority will be given to those with appointments. You are welcome to come by without an appointment, but be prepared to wait outside if the Gallery’s occupancy is full.  

Goldfinch is pleased to present “by flame by fog,” a solo exhibition by Hyun Jung Jun in Gallery 2. The exhibition is on view from Saturday, June 5th through Saturday, July 17th.

Hyun Jung Jun’s work takes many forms, from temporary installations to candles to cakes, and the work often begins and ends as something changed or erased altogether. In the artist’s words, Jun’s creations “take up more time than they do space.” They are often made to disappear. Although Hun’s practice engages familiar, domestic processes (her kitchen serves as a studio space, where she dips candles and experiments with cooking materials) her work seems to exist in a fantastical space where what is absent, shrouded, or entirely imagined is as real as anything else.

Jun’s candles, on view in the exhibition, are both playful and slightly monstrous; they range from vibrant winged creatures to more abstractly natural forms like knobby trees or stalactites, suggestive of the way dreams, memories, and experience can meld into something slightly misshapen but worthy of our attention. Sensual and temporary, Hun’s candles will melt; her cakes will be devoured; and the seedlings grown in eggshells inside the gallery will soon outgrow their containments. The painted wall on view in the exhibition, awash with a vivid landscape, will eventually vanish, like mist. In an associative way, Hun’s work gives us just enough, without crowding our senses, like a night walk illuminated by candlelight. Vibrant, introspective, and subtly unsetting—but beautifully so—the works in “by flame by fog” invite us to dream ourselves into other worlds, or more sensual versions of the ones we’ve come to know.

Artist’s Bio:

Hyun Jung Jun (b. 1989) is a Korean artist whose installations are measures and meditations which take up more time than they do space. Working with commonplace commodities such as candles, bread, wooden structures, sewn and painted wearables, Jun’s work borrows from familiar, domestic language to describe and search the ornate identities of our individuality and culture. Jun received her BFA at School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University. Her recent exhibitions include LVL3, the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, No Place Gallery, Hans Gallery, The Drawing Room at Arts Club of Chicago, Good Naked, EXPO CHGO, and Everybody. Her work has recently been featured in the New York Times and Newcity Magazine. Jun is one of Newcity’s breakout artists for 2021 (Chicago).

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