in Frieze | 21 MAR 24

April Shows at Frieze No.9 Cork Street: Ames Yavuz, The Page Gallery and Seojung Art

This month, Frieze No.9 Cork Street sees presentations by galleries from across Australia and Asia, inclusing the UK debut of Ames Yavuz 

in Frieze | 21 MAR 24

Continuing its spring 2024 programme, Frieze No. 9 Cork Street this April has shows by exciting galleries from Asia and Australia, including a dual presentation from Singapore/Sydney space Ames Yavuz (formerly Yavuz Gallery), making its UK debut. Shows runs concurrently, 4–20 April 2024.

Ames Yavuz 

‘Holding Ceremony’: Brook Andrew & Pinaree Sanpitak

‘POV’: Alvin Ong & Julia Trybala

Pinaree Sanpitak, Balancing Act, 2024. Mulberry paper, needle, found vessel, motor. Dimensions variable
Pinaree Sanpitak, Balancing Act, 2024. Mulberry paper, needle, found vessel, motor. Dimensions variable. Courtesy Ames Yavuz

Ames Yavuz is drawing two pairs of artists together in dialogues about corporeality. In the first presentation, ‘Holding Ceremony’, Australia-born Brook Andrew and Thailand-born Pinaree Sanpitak explore the body as a vessel for memory and a ceremonial site. Andrew magnifies and layers 19th-century ethnographic portraits representing his ancestors, sourced from public collections.

One of Thaliland’s most important contemporary artists, Sanpitak has built an enigmatic inventory of symbols that distil women’s bodies into elemental parts. Alongside new large-scale paintings and historical drawings, she presents sculptures that gently rock and twirl, reminding the viewer that there are reverberations in each gesture, in the objects we touch and the spaces we occupy.

Ames Yavuz’s second presentation, ‘POV’, showcases works by Alvin Ong and Julia Trybala. The Singapore-born Ong shows paintings that capture the quiet desires of solitude and queer longing, transforming the everyday into dream-like spectacle. Australian artist Trybala centres her work on the dynamics of human relationships, drawing inspiration from personal experiences and conversations with friends and family.

The Page Gallery

Park Suk Won   Accumulation- 2366  2023  Korean paper on canvas  162 × 132 cm     ⓒ Park Suk Won.  Image provided by The Page Gallery
Park Suk Won, Accumulation 2366, 2023. Korean paper on canvas, 162 × 132 cm. ⓒ Park Suk Won. Image courtesy The Page Gallery 

Seoul’s The Page Gallery is showing three artists who highlight Korean minimalism’s use of natural elements and the visible time and labour involved in artmaking. The exhibition showcases ‘Accumulation’ canvas works by Park Suk Won, a leading figure of the Korean Abstract Sculpture movement. Choi Insu’s sculptures and drawings visualise the five senses, while Yoon Sang Yuel’s ‘Silence’ series consists of mixed-media works combining digital printing and mechanical pencil.

Seojung Art: ‘Apricity’

Sunyoung Hwang, We Stayed on the Top Station, 2023. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 137.5 × 117.5 cm. Courtesy Seojung Art 

Fellow Seoul gallery Seojung Art is presenting a group exhibition curated by Byunghun Jun Chae, Associate Curator of the 30th-anniversary exhibition celebrating the Korean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. The presentation highlights the strength of Korean contemporary art, with Seong Joon Hong, Hong Soun, Sunyoung Hwang and Chounhwan Lee. ‘Apricity’ draws on a key concept of Eastern naturalism – mulailche, a state of harmony with one’s surroundings – with all four artists working with a deep appreciation of both visible and invisible aspects of their environment.

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Main image: Hong Soun, Pocheon. june 7. 2023., 2023. Oil on canvas, 145.5 × 224.5 cm. Courtesy of Seojung Art

Thumbnail image: Sunyoung Hwang, We Stayed on the Top Station, 2023. Oli and acrylic on canvas, 137.5 × 117.5 cm. Courtesy Seojung Art