OCTOBER EXHIBITIONS 10/2 – 10/30
FIDELITY, TIBOR SIMON-MAZULA
ARTIST RECEPTION: THURSDAY 10/3, 5:00 – 8:00
Light assumes the active role in Tibor Simon-Mazula’s 2013 exhibit, Fidelity, seeking out the artist’s solitary shadow-cloaked figures. Yet even when the light finds them, the subjects’ quiet contemplation remains undisturbed. Looking down from above, we witness the restful moments between life’s activities and yet are held to a distance, leaving each scene’s intimacy intact. Simon-Mazula’s limited palette and varied textures reveal the subtle nuances in the general, leading us away from the details of the specific and toward the more universal truths.
Tibor Simon-Mazula works intuitively, taking refuge in the physical and tactile aspects of painting. He finds inspiration in friends, family, and traveling companions, who become the subjects of his paintings. Born and Raised in Hungary, Simon-Mazula embraced his artistic talents at a young age. He completed his BFA in drawing and mathematics at University of Szeged and went on to study filmmaking and cinematography, finally receiving his MFA in painting from Academy of Art University in 2013. His short films have won awards in Hungary and the US. Tibor Simon-Mazula now lives in San Francisco and devotes himself to painting full-time.
Tibor Simon-Mazula is our October EMERGING ARTIST
CANNERY SUITE 112
FIGURATIVE SURFACES, JUNSOO KIM
ARTIST RECEPTION: THURSDAY 10/3, 5:30 – 7:30
“I consider a human figure as fragments of color . . . seeing a person and the surrounding as vibrating energy, I want to view how they interact and fuse together.”
Junsoo Kim’s 2013 exhibition Figurative Surfaces stakes out a broad spectrum between expressionist handling of form and impressionist consideration of light. Through abstraction and selective simplification, he reduces the figure to its basic elements and uses them as a starting point for his expressive portraits.
Confronting the intersecting boundaries between form and abstraction, figure and environment, focus and atmosphere, Kim’s processes are focused on the interplay between conflicting pictorial elements. Rather than resolve these conflicts, he seeks to establish equilibrium among opposites, making them applicable within a single work of art. The result is a series of portraits united by underlying vision, yet resolved in different ways. Each invites a unique emotional interpretation, yet all display a shared sensibility.
Born in Ulsan, South Korea, Junsoo Kim received his BFA in digital media design at Hongik University. In 2012 he completed his MFA in painting at Academy of Art University. Today, he lives and works in San Francisco.