Burmese artist Tun Myaing creates the work of the introvert. Seemingly extroverted himself, his works seek out those who hide within their thoughts; sad and pensive are his subjects. Yet, his paintings are vibrant with color and contrast, teeming with fights between shadow and light: in one there is hope and in the other there is despair. Such is the confusion he experienced first while growing up and then after arriving in t...he United States:
"In my work I try to convey the sense of desperation and claustrophobia that overwhelmed me as I grew up in a country under dictatorial rule, and then feeling the same oppression through the social rejection I experienced when I arrived in America.
The images are framing metaphors designed to reflect viscerally and without decoration a collage of experiences. They present the lingering suspicion of “human bondage”, and perpetual imprisonment that is true as air but as easily forgotten or ignored.
Through the act of making these paintings one gets a notion that there is hope – and that one can win freedom from misery and fear. We can separate ourselves from these oppressive memories; we can expel them by separating ourselves from them, by viewing them from a distance and in a disconnected way."
Tun is a graduate of the ever-traditional New York Academy of Art and has been exhibiting since 2002, most recently with Fuse Gallery. He lives and works in Queens, NY.
"…I cannot refrain from doubting that there exist any genuine realizations of our deepest character except war and illness, those two infinities of nightmare" ~ Voyage au Bout de la Nuit, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, 1932
Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, August 6, from 7-10pm
145 East Houston (between Forsyth and Eldridge)
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