'Conditional Lights' consists of paintings with light boxes and wood sculptures housing lights by Se Jong Cho and Dave Zimmerman. Both artists create an experience to translate their conscious minds
‘Conditional Lights’ consists of paintings with light boxes and wood sculptures housing lights by Se Jong Cho and Dave Zimmerman. Both artists create an experience to translate their conscious minds through the exhibited works, which become a lexicon of the audience’s conscious mind. Because experiencing is inherently more abstract than viewing, the content they can share through the created experience can be greater than through visual perceptions alone. Through these objects, the artists intervene the light, the source of one’s vision. The audience becomes part of the exhibit as the lights are triggered by their presence when passing the work. The illuminated works remain lit for three minutes and then turn off when no further movement is registered.
‘in/outside room/f’ consists of paintings by Se Jong Cho that depict various rooms or roofs along with artifacts that mimic the paintings in the space that are presented. She painted the rooms and roofs as a context to explore her intuition. The placement of the objects inside of a room or outside on a roof is arbitrary with no symbolic gesture. The result is a certain style: a precise depiction of objects using controlled color selection. Cho refers to Cocteau who writes: “Style is the soul, and unfortunately with us the soul assumes the form of the body” in refuting the decorative encumbrance any work of art with style may face. These paintings are things depicted through a certain style that should be experienced, because there is no content in these paintings, but aim to captivate the audience.
Se Jong Cho (b. Seoul, South Korea, 1978) is a Baltimore-based painter and scientist. Cho began painting four years ago and sees painting as a way to stretch her existence because every painting for her, is a portal to a different world with new experiences in it. Cho paints to explore the extent of her imagination and to expand her ability to express it through various scientific, engineering, and philosophical interpretations. She subscribes to the idea that art is a collective process, and hopes that her work can trigger the audience to explore the depths of their conscious minds beyond the representations in the physical world.
Cho has recently shown at Project 1628, Open Space, Current Space, Metro Gallery, and Windup Space in Baltimore. Cho holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University, 2003; M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, 2009; M.S.E in Environmental Management and Economics, from Johns Hopkins University, 2014; and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and Policy Analysis, from Johns Hopkins University, 2017.
David Zimmerman (b. Baltimore, 1978) is a Baltimore-based woodworker and furniture maker. He honed his woodworking skills fabricating displays, pedestals, and other structures for artists, galleries, and museums, including P.S. 1, Folding Enterprises, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Through his furniture practice, Zimmerman seeks to blur the line between art and utility. He emphasizes playful angles, natural imperfections and rough-cut edges to create pieces that are both eye-catching and functional.
(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
218 West Saratoga Street 3rd Floor, Baltimore Maryland 21201