VILLAZAN is pleased to present Driving Towards My Dream, an exhibition new paintings by Yang Hyun Jun that have never before been shown in an exhibition. The presentation also marks the artist’s first exhibition with the gallery in Madrid.
Yang Hyun Jun invites us to go to his particular idyllic world of childhood. The model of his work is always his mother, but not the real one, but the one he imagines in his most tender childhood, free, happy, without obligations, just playing and having fun. He always represents her in the middle ground, looking directly at the viewer, with an expression of naivety and candor that invite us in her game.
All the imagery that surrounds her is inspired by the mass media, television or advertising, framed in the 80's or90's although it along with more contemporary references.
The work that gives title to the exhibition Driving Towards MyDream, is a girl on a Harley Davison motorcycle that plays at the same time with the feeling of freedom and rebellion. His work also has many influences toAmerican culture and film. A very good examples of this is the princess Leila from the Star Wars saga, represents her in two formats in B&W and color.
Another series refers to the urban world with graffiti, the girl with the distinctive hooded sweatshirt and spray in hand leaves messages on the glass as if she were an urban artist.
Or the nod to the popular mobile video game Angry Bird in which she turns the girl into the famous angry’s Bird.
The technique he uses is acrylic on a traditional Korean paper named Hanji that is handmade with the bark of the mulberry tree, thus uniting tradition with the most current techniques.
The runny nose on the portraits is a symbol of childhood painted with epoxy, giving a 3D effect in a 2D painting.