Areas of Focus 2017-09-11T13:43:55+00:00

Areas of Focus

Works at The Lab include Asian, European and American paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture and installations ranging from Post War to the Present. Additionally, The Lab incorporates major works of design by leading international contemporary designers. The artists exhibited at The Lab are original, forward-thinking, influential and, hopefully, enduring.  The Lab also spotlights artists whose work has been overlooked or is not yet well-known.

American Minimalism
Post-War German
Dansaekhwa
Contemporary Design

American Minimalism

Minimalism emerged in New York in the early 1960’s as artists began to break down traditional definitions of sculpture and painting and introduce works that emphasized industrial materials and simple geometric forms. Minimalist artists focused on reducing the visible hand of the artist and purposely avoided emotionalism, symbolism and narrative in their works.

Prominent Minimalist artists represented at The Lab include: Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, Carl Andre, and John McCracken.

Post-War German

Following World War II, German artists, along with their country, were reflecting on a range of emotions and questions about themselves and their purpose in the world. These intense feelings deeply influenced many German artists of the period, who moved away from abstraction, minimalism, and conceptualism in order to tackle complex themes relating to culturalism, nationalism, mythology, role and purpose. In many cases, this resulted in painting and drawings, often large-scale, that evoke a visceral energy and use powerful symbolism.

Prominent Post-War German artists represented at The Lab include: Georg Baselitz, Anselm Kiefer, Gerhard Richter, and Martin Kippenberger.

Dansaekhwa

Dansaekhwa means “monochrome painting” in Korean. This movement emerged in the late 1970’s in South Korea as a response to the political and cultural upheaval the country was encountering. These Korean artists focused on the physical properties of their materials and relied on a creative process that employed extended repetition of movements and actions to build up and layer the work. The Dansaekhwa artists purposely avoided any pictorial narrative or message, instead focusing on the relationship between the artist, the materials and nature to create a tactile, abstract, subtle and harmonious visual experience.

Prominent Dansaekhwa artists at The Lab include: Lee Ufan, Ha Chong-Hyun, Chung Sang-Hwa, Chung Chang-Sup, Park Seobo, Kwon Young-Woo, Yun Hyong-Keun.

Contemporary Design

After being enamored with several of the works designed by Paul Cocksedge Studio in London, The Lab commissioned the award winning contemporary designer to create an entire library installation based on the concept of their Rhythm Shelf bookcase. Working in collaboration with The Lab and the designer’s New York gallery, Friedman Benda, the Paul Cocksedge Studio developed and fabricated a beautiful, simple, functional and elegant solution to house The Lab’s extensive collection of art books.