The Forum and Passage Gallery Present Sunhee Kim Jung The One

By Editorial Team on June 18, 2019
Courtesy of the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center.
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Reception: Saturday, June 22 from 2pm to 4pm
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The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center is pleased to present an exhibit by Korean-born American Artist, Sunhee Kim Jung. Her solo exhibition, The One: Work by Sunhee Kim Jung will run from June 15th, 2019 to August 18th, 2019 with an exhibition reception on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 2-4PM.

Sunhee Kim Jung is known as a painter of lush landscapes that express provocative ideas, beliefs, and feelings about life and death, loss and rebirth. Jung earned her BFA in painting from Corcoran College of Art & Design and her MFA in painting from American University in Washington DC. The two evocative series in her exhibition are the Camouflage series in the Forum Gallery and the Sanctuary Series in the Passage Gallery.

For the large format Camouflage Series in the Forum Gallery, Sunhee has created works that are a homage to the unknown men and woman of the military.  As the artist says:

“These men and women are camouflaged in the battlefield to avoid physical danger and death but they often camouflage their human emotions as well – emotions of anxiety and uncertainty for their future and the longing to be home with their loved ones.  These emotions can appear as weaknesses in a field where only the strong survive.  They must camouflage these emotions with armor of bravery for the sake of their duty.

My “Camouflage” series is a salute to all those brave men and women of the military who have and will sacrifice themselves in the name of freedom so that we may live without fear.  My paintings express my desire to protect, providing them with an extra layer of camouflage.

Sunhee loves travel and after an experience traveling through the American Northeast, she was inspired to create the Sanctuary series. Each painting is a classic American landscape with a small traveler taking in the scene.

“The mouse you see in my painting is not welcomed by anyone nor liked very much. It symbolizes “immigrants” working hard and trying to overcome various socioeconomic challenges. The mouse is “afraid” and “weak” but is treated at the same time as a “character” with its own idiosyncratic feelings. It gets assimilated to nature and gets healed by nature just as we do.”

Public hours are Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm and on weekends during public events. Weekend hours will be announced on the gallery Instagram @fisherartgallery

The Schlesinger Center is located at 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA.