Sculpture by Christensen and expressionist oil paintings by Chun at Art Barn
By ben Fulton
The Salt Lake TribuneFirst published May 21 2012 05:53PM
The small sculpture installations of Brian Christensen and rich, expressionist oil paintings of Oonju Chun opened May 4 at the Art Barn of Finch Lane Gallery just in time for the spring Gallery Stroll season, when art mavens come out from winter hibernation in true force.
Christensen’s work of two small installations, plus pedestal and wall sculptures, speak to what he calls the "minimal space between conscious and subconscious perception," playing on the way the brain processes visual stimuli at all levels, from information to hallucination. Chun, who earned her BFA from the University of Utah, paints at an instinctual level, but also with origins attuned to her Korean heritage.
"When I walk up to a blank canvas, what happens is a spontaneous visual reaction with each stroke of line or color," she states in press materials. "I relinquish the responsibility to create meaning, however on a certain level that is the most meaningful aspect of why I paint."