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Seonna Hong Exhibition: Freytag's Pyramid




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Saturday, 29 June 2024 to Wednesday, 17 July 2024
Friday, 5 July 2024 - 5:00pm

In the exhibition Freytag’s Pyramid, artist Seonna Hong uses the framework of novelist Gustav Freytag’s dramatic structure to visually chronicle the ebb and flow of life, memory, and human experience. The structural elements of storytelling as laid out by Freytag are broken up into a five-part pyramid; exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and finally denouement. Hong’s paintings visually evoke the tension and drama of storytelling. Her faceless figures, typically women drive the narrative across landscapes varying from rocky and rugged, to hazily rendered liquidlike dreamscapes. Each canvas reveals moments of chaos and calm, reality and fiction, illustration and abstraction. Hong’s work successfully balances controlled graphics and intuitive, loose application of materials revealing what every story does, the grandness of the shared human experience.


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Born and raised in Southern California, Seonna Hong graduated with a BA in Art from Cal State University Long Beach.  Her early career pursuits shaped her unique naïve narrative style that defines her art today.  As a background painter in TV and Feature animation and children’s book illustrator, Hong honed her ability to tell a story through painterly means.  The innocence that pervades her art grows out of her experience as a children’s art teacher. 

Seonna Hong is recognized worldwide for her achievements in the arts.  In 2004, she received an Emmy Award for Individual Achievement in Production Design for her work on “My Life as a Teenage Robot.”  In 2006, she was the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. Her illustrated book, Animus, is in its third printing.  Hong’s work is in galleries and exhibitions worldwide.

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Gilman Contemporary, 661 Sun Valley Road, Ketchum, ID 83340

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