“ArtsWestchester Triennial” Artists Express Meaning Through Process

In ArtsWestchester Triennial, fifteen Hudson Valley artists are highlighted in a showcase of “what’s now and what’s new” in the visual art scene. At the core of many of their works is the process by which they were created. These processes bring additional meaning to the artworks. In Michael Brown’s installations, what appear to be broken mirrors are actually the result of a much more involved practice during which the artist uses a broken mirror as a template for his final stainless steel installations. Brown, who was a welder for the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, then cuts everything by hand. This process helps to extend the single moment of aggression that caused the glass to break. Jayoung Yoon’s delicate sculptures are made with the artist’s hair, which she seamlessly weaves, strand by strand, onto the sculpture’s framework. In Yoon’s “The Skull,” the shape of a skull is adorned with this hair. According to the artist: “The skull represents the cycles of life and death and the transparent feeling of the hair sculpture represents the temporality and morality.” Peter Bynum happened upon the practice of his current works due to an accident in his studio; however, the works are purposefully rendered with precision. In Bynum’s large-scale works, acrylic paint trapped between panes of glass is lit from behind. The shifting of paint during this process expresses an energy of movement that bring static patterns to life. The exhibition is on view through July 28 in ArtsWestchester’s downtown White Plains gallery. For more info, visit artsw.org/triennial2018.

A version of this article first appeared in the July-August issue of ArtsNews, ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication. ArtsNews is distributed throughout Westchester County. A digital copy is also available at artsw.org/artsnews.

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