Myung Urso at Main Street Arts in Clifton Springs

Myung Urso, Horizon 055 – Ink, Acrylic medium, Cotton, Wooden frame

A new exhibition will open at Main Street Arts on Saturday, June 8 with a reception from 3 to 6 p.m.—the event is free and open to the public. Myung Urso: Mindscape is a solo exhibition by Rochester-based artist, Myung Urso. Known internationally for her one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, this exhibition represents a move away from wearable works to painting. Myung has been included in several previous exhibitions at Main Street Arts, including two invitational exhibitions: Beyond Ornamental in 2019 and Tangible Objects in 2022; the national juried Small Worksexhibition in 2019 and 2022; and the 2nd annual Plein Air in Clifton Springs event in 2022.

Myung Urso was born and raised in South Korea, and has lived in Upstate New York since 2006. For over 15 years, she has worked as a contemporary jewelry artist before using her talents and vision to create uniquely powerful paintings. The creation of her works are heavily influenced by Korean calligraphy, which she has been actively practicing for much of her life. She explains "This art form originates from the power of a strong, yet spontaneous brush stroke. Through dedicating myself to the practice of Korean calligraphy for many years, I have been able to gain a means to express freely what inspires me."

Myung has described finding an immense muse in hands—both her own and her mother's—from childhood memories of being in awe of the skill they possessed as they completed daily tasks. This understanding of hands as being the tool that allows her to create her art, and to practice things such as calligraphy, has cultivated a deep connection to herself and to the ways in which she chooses to express herself. Myung also speaks about finding great beauty and inspiration for her art in the landscapes and various elements of the natural world. She states "My visual language is derived from simple lines and forms found in nature, the sun, the moon, the earth, and the human body."

Myung views her artworks as remnants of past experiences, as vessels to communicate her life and stories through. As with all art, viewers of the work will weave their own stories and ideas into the abstract images that Myung creates; perhaps one piece will spark a memory of an important place or season of life, just as Myung herself envisioned as she composed it. Regarding the work presented in this show, she conveys that "My recent minimalistic works are both symbolic and metaphoric, a personal interpretation of the scenic landscape as visual poetry."

Myung received a BA degree in Biology, an MFA degree in fiber arts from Hongik University, Seoul, Korea in 1986 and an MA degree for Museum & Gallery Management from the City University in London, England in 1995.

Her minimalistic, entrancing paintings will be available to view at Main Street Arts through July 17. The gallery located on 20 West Main Street in Clifton Springs is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and Thursday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

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