• Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

    Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

  • Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

    Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

  • Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

    Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

  • Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

    Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

  • Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

    Installation View, ONE AND J. Gallery

This exhibition was curated by the esteemed French curator Michel Nuridsany. It pairs two young artists, Lionel Sabatte from France and Kwon Kyung Hwan from Korea. Sabatte’s works are peculiar and exquisite. They possess a certain child-like naivety and distance. The inventiveness, quirkiness, humor and dark wit exude through his works. His video works on display are like little wonderful site gags which are mesmerizing to watch. Kwon Kyung Hwan was chosen by Michel Nuridsany after being recommended by the Korean curator Kim Sun-Jung. Though still pursuing his MFA at the Korean National University of Arts, Kwon is an artist that established a name for himself as one to watch. His works utilize iconic pop images such as Mickey Mouse or Winnie the Pooh but in cataclysmic circumstances or in war scenarios. The exhibition will also highlight Kwon’s video work for surviving nuclear war and his famous gun made of pencil lead all of which affect the viewer with their stunning imagery.

Lionel Sabatte (b. 1975) lived between the ages of ten and twenty on La Reunion island. This island is located in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar and closer to Mauritius. According to the artist, he returned to France to meet up with a girl. As fortune would have it, he accompanied a friend who was attended the School of Fine Arts in Paris and immediately decided he wanted to become an artist. “At the School of Fine Arts, I bummed around a bit in the Parisian studios. Why did I join a painting workshop? Maybe because I have a problem with workshops where there is too much dialogue. I need to be left alone, to stay a little in the background. That’s the reason why I am here … and because I adore painting.” As the curator Michel Nuridsany explains, “Lionel Sabatte’s painting is a little peculiar – distanced, shall we say? Doesn’t he use toilet paper, napkins of the same variety, ear buds, cosmetic cotton pads and condoms for tracing pretty landscapes in pastel hues on the wall? ?I know of few artists of his generation who are as talented as he, as generous with their inventive skills, as brilliant and as funny.” Regarding his video work, Nuridsany continues, “As far as his [Sabatte’s] videos go ? a genre that he has been practicing for a very short while ? he has opted to set up little gags which are marvelous and colourful.” Sabatte’s works are exquisite and possess a certain charm. His use of small canvases and everyday items create the most sincere work steeped in innocence and the earnest. The artist lives and works in Paris.
Kwon Kyung Hwan (b. 1977) is currently attending the MFA program at the Korean National University of Arts where is he also received his BFA. One of the standout students at the Korean National University of Arts, he has shown at group exhibits including “Yeol” at the Insa Art Space and at the Ilmin Museum, Jeon Ju Museum of Arts and Seoul Museum of Arts. Kwon Kyung-Hwan’s stunning work in painting, video and sculpture. His paintings utilize cartoon and mass culture images in apocalyptic or war scenes serving to counterbalance the power of the individual image. It is a cunning way to mix two vastly different but familiar images that we have become used to living in our contemporary society. In 2007, he participated in a two man show at ONE AND J. Gallery with the French artist Lionel Sabatte under the curatorship of Michel Nuridsany.