Wonder Fair presents PYRAMID LAKE: An Exhibition and Book Release by Brooklyn-based artist Ray Sohn
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PYRAMID LAKE

An Exhibition of New Work and Book Release by Ray Sohn

April 29 - June 19, 2011

Opening Reception: (Final) Friday, April 29th. 6-9 pm
10% of the proceeds will be donated to the World Outreach Foundation

 
About the Artist:
Ray Sohn was born in 1984 and raised in Overland Park, KS. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He has been exhibited worldwide in France, Denmark, Greece, Turkey, and the USA. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art NYC, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the New York Public Library.

Artist Statement:
PYRAMID LAKE is a series of works on paper combining elements of ink drawing, collage and painting. Over the past year and a half, I created approximately eighty works for this exhibition in total. Of those, I selected forty four pieces to be represented in the book and the exhibition.

With this project I made a conscious, almost spartan resolve to restrict myself by only using a dip pen, and black india ink on 12" x 12" pieces of paper. All of the free hand, and technical ink lines were laid down directly on paper with absolutely no planning, forethought, or preparatory under drawings.
 
Similar to a jazz musician, I was attempting to build up an idiomatic language of my own out of the basic building blocks of lines and symbols, with which I could freely improvise. At the earliest stages of the project, this spirit of jazz improvisation is what inspired me to refine and advance the work in terms of technical dazzle.

Yet, after delving deep into the creative process, day after day, month after month, I began to notice repeating patterns and themes arising uncomfortably throughout the work. Patterns that reflected the inherit weaknesses and flaws in my approach and in myself as an artist. For the first time I began to think about the why, instead of the what. Instead of, "What kind of artist am I?" I wanted to know, "Why am I an artist?"

And I came to the conclusion that the creative act, as it is practiced today, is a highly abstracted method of manipulating and processing symbols formulated from a model of experiential data inside of our brains. To put it simply, art is an ingenious expression of an ever developing visual language that has existed since before I was born and will continue on after my death.

Once I realized this, the question of "Why am I an artist?" became totally irrelevant. I would never ask myself why I speak English. It's a given. And this revelation really put the work into perspective for me.

PYRAMID LAKE is a conversation with those who speak and understand the language of art from now and as far into future as the work can possibly survive.

***You can follow Ray Sohn throughout his weeklong prepartion for Friday's PYRAMID LAKE Opening! It's the Ray Sohn Blog HERE***
Pyramid Lake Image 1
Pyramid Lake Image 2
Pyramid Lake Book
PYRAMID LAKE
Book by Ray Sohn
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Pyramid Lake Cone Sculpture
PYRAMID LAKE
D.I.Y Print by Ray Sohn
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Pyramid Lake Image 3
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Tee Shirt by Ray Sohn
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