• Artpot features Able Fine Art gallery: Jeon Nak

    Artpot features Able Fine Art gallery: Jeon Nak
    On view: October 19-October 27, 2020
    Address: 220 East 23rd, 4th floor, Starta Arta
     
    WHEN TECHNIQUE GIVES BIRTH TO VISION - LENTICULAR ART BY JEON NAK - REVIEW BY MARY GREGORY
    In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a new technology, photography, was in its nascent stages. Primarily used as a scientific, documentary tool, it would take decades before artists began experimenting with it as a source of creative work. Early photographs by Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, Eadweard James Muybridge and others hinted at the possibilities of the medium. Eventually, artists like Man Ray and Ansel Adams found a way to express their own personal visions through the camera.  In the second half of the 20th century, abstraction became the predominant voice in the art word, and in recent years, abstract photography is beginning to be explored by inventive artists with complex and varied visions. Able Fine Art Gallery has been poised at the forefront of galleries presenting and promoting cutting-edge abstract photography.  Jeon Nak continues the tradition of seeking to find new ways to utilize technology in his artwork.
    Lenticular printing has been around for decades. It uses a grooved lens and a special printing technique to simulate the sense of depth or create an apparently moving image. But what was once used for advertising and postcards, or for curiosities or trinkets, is now being employed by artists like Nak to create complex and arresting seemingly three-dimensional works. 
    In his series titled Axis, swirling vortexes of light and color emerge from a dark ground. The printing methodology allows the image to move and change with the angle of vision. Nak's works depict three-dimensional, imaginary spaces that morph and change, starting as one thing and becoming something else.
    Posted by Mary Gregory on 2/19/15