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'In a world in which everything is subject to the passing of time, art alone is both subject to time and yet victorious over it.' ‒André Malraux
'All things pass. Sturdy art Alone is eternal; The sculpted bust Outlives the State.'‒Théophile Gautier, L'Art. 1857
LONDON — Barakat Gallery is pleased to announce Meekyoung Shin: WEATHER, the artist's first solo exhibition with the gallery. On this occasion, Shin will present her first ceramic works alongside a selection of antiquities from the extensiveBarakat collection.
Working between Seoul and London, Meekyoung Shin (b. 1967) continually attempts to visualise time and its passage through her sculptural practice. Her work creates points of contact between the past and present, exploring the boundaries betweennature and art, East and West.
WEATHER will exhibit Shin's famous soap sculptures alongside her latest ceramic work, reflecting the artist's perspective on the ephemeral nature of art in different ways. Through her working method, she shows in the process of decay that all life andart will eventually undergo. The title evokes the double meanings of 'weathering' and 'weather', suggesting both the processesthrough which objects become worn through daily life, and the weather, as a force of nature that changes objects over time.
In her Megalith series of ceramics, the artist creates rock-like forms out of fragments that exploded during sintering, a process through which clay becomes rock-hard in the kiln and then explodes into fragments, like those that might have been generated during the birth of the cosmos. Her Megaliths record and halt moments of such fragmentation. For the artist, these works stop time in its tracks and visualise petrified time at the moment of explosion – a midpoint between what has disappeared and what exists, nature and art.
WEATHER also reflects a fresh approach to Barakat, this fifth-generation, 130-year-old family business, famed for its collection of ancient art from East and West. This year, the London headquarters of Barakat will relaunch with an aim of welcoming new and existing audiences through a programme of exhibitions, inviting viewers to look at antiquities through the eyes ofmodern and contemporary artists, exploring different themes in its vast collection.
The gallery's evolving programme poses questions such as, what is it about ancient art that still captivates the modern imagination? How can contemporary art help us to see the classical legacy with new eyes? With a new, young team, Barakatseeks, across traditional divides of 'classics' and 'art history', to offer a richer way of seeing art: the new grows out of the old, the old is renewed by the visions of today.
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