October 22 - December 3, 2004
Opening reception Friday, Oct 22, 6-8pm
Oliver Kamm/5BE Gallery is pleased to present the New York solo debut of Seonna Hong. Hong has exhibited extensively in Los Angeles, and won an emmy award this year for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation for an episode of the series "My Life as a Teenage Robot." The paintings in “Animus” will form the basis for a future book by Hong.
“Continuing to work in the narrative, "Animus" is a collection of images depicting a journey toward emotional resilience. The young girl appears again as the protagonist, while a black dog represents the antagonist. I choose children to be my storytellers because of their innocence and innate honesty.
The purity of a child's character, before it is shaped by social propriety and shaded by self-doubt, inspires me. Although "Animus" illustrates a story of growth, it is not a morality tale. Rather, it is about the response to aggression; initially a reactive one, stemming from fear and discomfort, maturing to a more hopeful and compassionate resolve.”