CHINATSU SEYA, KOH SANG WOO, PAM GLEW, MELISSA ZEXTER

Face Facts

October 10 - November 8, 2013

The Lover

Pam Glew

The Lover

2013

Bleaching technique and dye on vintage Stars and Stripes

46.3 x 28.5 inches

Calm before the Storm

Pam Glew

Calm before the Storm

2013

Bleaching Technique and Dye on Vintage Union Jack

34.6 x 21.1. inches

 

Girl with Bow

Melissa Zexter

Girl with Bow

2013

Gelatin silver print, thread

20 x 24 inches

Woman with Veil

Melissa Zexter

Woman with Veil

2013

Archival digital print, thread

17 x 22 inches

Ether II

Koh Sang Woo

Ether II

2013

Chromogenic Print, 5mm acrylic face mounted

30 x 41 inches

Edition 3/5

Quite Revolution #9

Koh Sang Woo

Quite Revolution #9

2013

5mm Acrylic face mounted

40 x 60 inches

Edition 1/5

 

Brian In Black

Chinatsu Seya

Brian In Black

2013

Sumi Ink, Graphite on Paper

52 x 72 inches

Chinatsu Seya

Chinatsu Seya

Yaicha  

2011 

Sumi ink, Graphite on Paper 

53 x 67 inches 

 

Press Release

BLANK SPACE is proud to announce a group exhibition titled Face Facts showcasing works of four artists - Pam Glew, Koh Sang Woo, Chinatsu Seya, and Melissa Zexter. This exhibition brings together stylistically disparate works of portraiture in a unique and evocative context. The artists present the medium of portraiture as a means of engaging
philosophical disquisitions on self-identity, language, and cognition through a distinctive, thought-provoking process.
 
Based in Brighton, England, Pam Glew’s career has been marked by her unique method of ingraining imagery onto richly textured vintage flags and textiles. Painted, dyed and bleached over many times, her art is an important vehicle in capturing themes of contemporary life and popular culture. The artist examines the lens through which our own social identity is apprehended, reflective of our sense of belonging to a particular geographical space.

 

Koh Sang Woo directly paints onto the bodies of his carefully chosen subjects as part of a theatrical performance before taking his photographs.  Subsequently, along with the color and light in the exposure, every meticulously coordinated detail are transformed and reversed by the artist’s hand. His beautiful yet otherworldly photographs not only challenge our understanding of the beauty, but also actively bring into question our overall conception
of reality.  
 
Chinatsu Seya’s large-scale, life-size portraits in Sumi Ink reflect her ongoing rigorous quest for representing psychology, subconscious mind, and characteristics through every subtle external traits and detail of her subjects. Strictly in monochrome and hand drawn over many months, Seya’s works offer a vivid sense of a real person’s presence. Each consecutive element of her subject often recedes into simple lines and forms, and her hyper-realistic figures move beyond the artist’s imaginary world.  
 
Melissa Zexter combines hand-stitched embroidery with photography to explore identity and representations of femininity. The act of sewing onto photographs builds a sense of connection to a particular human experience while creating layers of narrative, texture, and patterned geometry over a flat surface. Her multi-dimensional portraits overflow with a sense of nostalgia and personal resonance, breathing with a physical and emotional presence.