“Hello, New World!”
A painting and toy exhibition by So Youn Lee
So Youn Lee is all about ethereal pen drawings and majestic candy-colored hues. Her first official toy show and exhibit in the Philippines in collaboration with Secret Fresh ran from November 20, 2016 until December 1, 2016. “Hello, New World!” was conceptualized through So Youn’s feeling of “alienness” as a foreigner living and working in another country —as a California-based contemporary Korean artist. The show enticed the viewers to undergo blissful exploration. According to So Youn herself, “emotional presence is what is created through Mango (main character), as a space traveler. It reflects multitudes of emotion such as excitement, wonderment, confusion, and worries, when someone encounters the new and unknowns.”
Her vibrant art form expresses a very innocent and youthful theme for her paintings or toy creations. She enjoys experimenting with different media such as oil and acrylics in blending colorful and eye-catching paintings. Having been raised in Korea, So Youn is deeply influenced by remnants of iconic 90’s Asian culture such as anime and cartoons. She decided to transfer to the United States to pursue her passion in the arts by continuing her studies and art career. She has since held exhibits around the world including North America, Europe, and Asia.
“Hello, New World!” encompasses the feeling of stepping into the unknown through Mango, the main character’s many different facial expressions. The detail in each art piece depicts the kind of emotions everyone can relate to, may it be the feeling of joy and excitement or anxiety and worry. The minute someone enters the exhibit, they are welcomed by the stars, planets, or any galactic element that brings in the concept of separation to reality or being brought to a new dimension. Not only did So Youn exhibit her pastel-colored paintings and toys but her interactive outdoor installation allowed people to roam around and appreciate their surroundings. The installation made use of colorful lights that complement the night sky in line with the theme. This was something So Youn has never done before in any of her exhibits, but it gained her positive remarks from art enthusiasts.
On thoughts concerning So Youn’s art collection, Karen Millonado of Secret Fresh mentioned that “The artwork that struck me the most was her toy, Afloat. This being her first figure, it showed a new side of her art, and it brought her usual works on canvas to a new dimension. She was very involved in the process of creating the figure, from the sculpting to painting, she meticulously worked to make sure the outcome would be how she envisioned it.”
Medium: Reinforced Resin on Fiber Glass, Size: 20”x 40”x 26”
Price: USD 2,500-3,800 (based on display)
Overall, “Hello, New World!” was applauded and well-appreciated by art enthusiasts and visitors in the Philippines as it sold out even before the last day of exhibit. So Youn Lee made a great impact in allowing whoever views her paintings and figures to step away from reality and experience something fun-filled and unique!
For a glimpse of So Youn Lee’s exhibit schedules and collections you may visit her site at: