May 11 - June 10
Ventures Gallery


Opening
Friday, May 11
5 pm - 7 pm

Ruri Yi
Untitled


Ruri Yi Untitled 2018 acrylic on linen 16" x 16"

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ARTIST STATEMENT

My work addresses the images that reflect my daily life. When I look at my surroundings, I try to see forms, colors and surfaces, as I analyze and transform them into varied surfaces, reinterpreting elements of the urban landscape and its in-between spaces.

My paintings depict static, abstracted images of these landscapes through the use of hard-edged lines, minimalist compositions, symbolic figures, and balanced color– producing a simplified version of how I see the world.

I like to create a piece with a vivid variety of color and diverse forms on various surfaces, and explore how color, form, and arrangements affect human emotion.

I often choose wood panels for the natural beauty and texture of the wood grain. The patterns found in cut wood are as myriad as the lives we live as human beings. When the painted elements of the pieces are combined and carefully arranged with the complex and unique patterns found in nature, they form a language all their own.

I do not intend to convey any deep or hidden messages through the images I create, but I would like viewers to be stimulated by the images, have fun imagining what they see and feel there, and come up their own interpretations.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Ruri Yi was born in Deagu, South Korea, raised in Seoul, and currently lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland. Yi studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Since graduating she has actively exhibited her paintings throughout the Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and Baltimore areas.

In 2001, Ruri Yi founded Ruriart Center for the Fine Arts (Ellicott City, Maryland), where she spent twelve years managing and operating the center, as well as teaching students at all levels, from beginning composition to advanced portfolio for college admission.
Ruri Yi has been a resident artist for 3 years at the School 33 Art Center in Baltimore City, and currently works as a full-time artist at her own studio in the Station North Art District in Baltimore City.

A collection of her recent works can be viewed at Guest Spot at THE REINSTITUTE, Baltimore, Maryland.

Selected artwork


Ruri Yi Untitled 2018 acrylic on linen 15" x 15"


Ruri Yi Untitled 2018 acrylic on linen 14" x 14"


Ruri Yi Untitled 2018 acrylic on linen 14" x 14"

     


Ruri Yi Untitled 2016 acrylic on linen 15" x 15"

 



Ruri Yi Untitled 2018 acrylic on linen 14" x 14"

     


Ruri Yi Model-Violet 2016 acrylic on linen 10" x 10"

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Ruri Yi Untitled 2018 acrylic on linen 16" x 16"


Ruri Yi Blue Diamond 2018 acrylic on linen 14" x 14"

     
 

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