A solo exhibit by Inyoung Seoung at Midway Gallery explores Humanity vs. Nature with Societal Trees and Electrical-Tape

The Midway Gallery is presenting He•li•o•trop•ic, a solo exhibit by Inyoung Seoung in her San Francisco debut. The exhibition explores the philosophy of individuality and the relationship between humanity and nature. The artist presents meticulous ink drawings on canvas, and will be transforming the gallery into a surreal forest with electrical-tape mural installations. He•li•o•trop•ic launches The Midway Gallery’s new programming direction that focuses on public engagement via immersive installations and invites the public to join them from May 01 – 12 to witness Seoung’s process unfold.

inyoung seoung mural electrical tapeBelieving that humans are in a constant state of growth, Seoung’s work parallels humankind with nature. Branches in her work are akin to way people are always moving forward and reaching toward something. When Seoung’s branches tangle and unfold, it mimics our own interconnectivity.

Seoung is the first Midway artist to fully incorporate the gallery’s unique architecture into her vision. Each entryway into the gallery will be embellished with electrical-tape renderings of curled bodies cradled in root-like capsules. These “cells,” as the artist refers to them, further develop Seoung’s metaphor of our societal emulation of trees. Although humanity presently appears to be caught in the web of an industrial world, the work suggests nature’s ultimate triumph in a future post-industrial life. A reality nurtured by humankind’s instinctual connection to nature.

inyoung seoung pen on canvas

(L) Inyoung Seoung, Upside Down (Unconscious Movement), Pen on Canvas, 30x30x2 inches, 2014 (R) Inyoung Seoung, Slumber (Unconscious Movement), Pen on Canvas, 30x30x2 inches, 2014

inyoung seoung proud years to come

(L) Inyoung Seoung, Proud (Unconscious desire: Seven series 1/7), Pen on Canvas, 36x36x2 inches, 2013 (R) Inyoung Seoung, Years to Come (Unconscious conscious), Pen on Canvas, 36x36x4 inches, 2012

Located in the DogPatch, the burgeoning arts district of San Francisco, The Midway Gallery is situated within the multidisciplinary creative complex, The Midway. They have a new programming focus that requests artists to activate and utilize the 3000 square foot space as an integral component to their body of work, and embrace it as a departure point to challenge their practice. The result is a rare, unparalleled experience for the viewers in a transformed and transported space.

The exhibition will be on view May 01 – June 30 with an opening reception with food, music and performances on Saturday, May 21 from 6 – 10pm.

Location: The Midway Gallery | 900 Marin Street | San Francisco, CA 94124

Hours:     12-6pm  Wed -Fri
12-4pm  Sat

Connect:  www.themidwaygallery.com