Exhibition Dates: June 18 – June 30, 2022

Venue: AHL Foundation, Inc. 2605 Frederick Douglass Blvd.,NewYork,NY10030

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 18, 5-7pm

Gallery hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 12-6PM

Free and open to the public

AHL Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting contemporary artists of Korean descent, is proud to announce the opening of its 2021yr AHL – T&W Foundation Contemporary Visual Art Awards Winners Exhibition: A Brave New World, featuring three artists, Jin-Yong Choi, Areum Yang, and Jiwon Rhie.

Now in its eighteenth edition, the 2021 year’s awards were juried by Leeza Meksin (Assistant Professor of Architecture, Art, and Planning, Cornell University), Marshall Price (Chief Curator and Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University), and Hallie Ringle (Hugh Kaul Curator of Contemporary Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art).

The exhibition, titled A Brave New World and curated by Leeza Meisin, guides audiences to a new world by creating a way to interpret and understand this world through their work. Jin Yong Choi creates objects related to shamanism with the idea of the ‘digital shaman’, rebuilding an apocalyptic concept of the future. Areum Yang looks at how to fill and transform daily sceneries into another world by embodying emotions and feelings through her paintings. Jiwon Rhie breathes new air into the space with everyday objects such as beds and furniture.

About the Artists

Jin Yong Choi Sib-Seong, Sib-ill-Seong and Sib-O-Seong Bang-ul, bug zepper, brooch, zingle bell, found object, epoxy clay, 22′′x14″x2.5′′, 19′′x12′′x4′′,18.5′′12′′x2′′, 2021-2022

Jin Yong Choi is a New York-based artist born in South Korea. Choi received his BFA from Kookmin University in Seoul, South Korea and MFA from Pratt Institute in New York. Based on his apocalyptic narratives, he explores and experiments with tactile desires and a sense of materiality in sculptural forms and installation. By fabricating objects with intriguing materials, combining digital and non-digital images, and adding lots of details to them, he wants to create a unique experience that arouses haptic desires and a heightened sense of materiality that can only be experienced in the real world. Choi’s artwork has been exhibited in South Korea and the U.S., including the Seoul Museum of Art, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL), Shin Gallery in New York, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, A.I.R Gallery in New York, and Wassaic Project in New York.

Areum Yang, Forest Series, acrylic, oil pastel, pencil on paper, 40′′x32′′, 2020

Areum Yang is a New York-based painter who has been visualizing various emotions and feelings through her gestural and expressionistic paintings. Her works were presented in several group shows; We Were Already Gone at Hauser & Wirth, UUU Art Collective, Family Portrait and Summer Soup. She received her MFA at Hunter College in 2021.

Jiwon Rhie, Stranger (Kyrre1), Kyrre stool purchased at IKEA, 17′′x18′′x13′′, 2020

Jiwon Rhie (New York, NY) is a Korean multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn. Her work deals with diverse subject matter exploring ideas of boundaries, human relationships, identity, and communication. Rhie has been selected to the Bronx Museum of Arts A.I.M Fellowship and Queens Art Fund Award. She received a BFA from Hongik University, Hannam University, and an MFA from Pratt Institute.

About The Curator
Leeza Meksin
is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist working in painting, installation, public art, and multiples. Meksin has created site-specific installations for The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (2019-20), The Brooklyn Academy of Music (2018-19), National Academy of Design (2018), The Uptown Triennial at The Lenfest Center for the Arts (2017), Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (2016), The Kitchen (2015), BRIC Media Arts (2015), Regina Rex (2014, 2010), Brandeis University (2014), the former Donnell branch of the New York Public Library (2011), and a National Endowment for the Arts- funded project in New Haven, CT for Artspace (2012). In 2015 Meksin received the emerging artist grant from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, and in 2019 was awarded an artist residency at The Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. Her work has been featured in Bomb, The Brooklyn Rail, The New York Times, Hyperallergic, Chicago Tribune, and The Village Voice, among other publications. In 2013 Meksin co-founded Ortega y Gasset Projects, an artist-run gallery and curatorial collective in Brooklyn that she continues to co-direct. From 2015-2021 Meksin taught in the Visual Arts program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, and in 2021 she joined the faculty at Cornell University in the College of Architecture, Art, Planning (AAP).

About the AHL-T&W Foundation Contemporary Visual Art Awards

Established in 2003, the Contemporary Visual Art Awards is an annual competition open to all contemporary artists of Korean descent active in the United States and is part of AHL Foundation’s core program. The awards recognize the work of exemplary young emerging contemporary artists of Korean descent and provide them with a monetary prize and the opportunity to have their work presented at a group exhibition in New York. Since 2016, the award has been generously supported by the T&W Foundation, established by Wonsook Kim and Thomas Park Clement