Seonna Hong "Persistence of Vision" @ LeBasse Projects, LA

October 18, 2012

Always one of our favorite artists, Juxtapoz featured artist Seonna Hong just opened a new solo show at LeBasse Projects in Los Angeles, featuring a few stylistic nuances that we are really excited to see. Persistence of Vision is Hong’s first solo exhibition with LeBasse Projects and first in Los Angeles in seven years.


After exhibitions in Tokyo, New York and a recent feature at Pulse in Miami, artist Seonna Hong returns to exhibit in Los Angeles with a new body of work titled ‘Persistence of Vision.’ This latest series of paintings and sculpture delves into the ideas of perception, how imprints are made and how those impressions project upon the picture of our experience. The process in which Hong develops her work has evolved from one of careful and concise planning to one of organic exposition. The deliberate quality remains in the application and symbolism throughout, but the result is more spontaneous. Her characters exist in an unnatural-natural world that comes to life around them. The landscapes now move from the background into the foreground, co-existing with her characters of girls as protagonists and not only embellishing the story but often telling it.


The Persistence of Vision is a theory based on the idea that there is a visual memory, an iconic imprint that retains an image long enough to project upon the next image directly following it. This phenomenon lends itself to the way that film and animation is viewed by seaming together a succession of images to complete a picture. There is the natural association to this concept with Hong’s experience as a production artist in Animation. In this medium, a character’s movement comes to life both by a series of drawings as well as the brain’s willingness to fill in the gaps. A metaphor emerged then for Hong: why our brains fill in the ‘gaps’ of our life experiences the way they do, how the preceding frame informs the following one, and what is being projected onto each successive frame. How does all of this affect our perception? The way the ‘gaps’ are filled are wholly subjective in the way each person’s individual experiential picture is completed and formed. Although the Persistence of Vision is the explanation of a perceptual illusion rather than a scientific fact, this metaphor resonates with themes that have been developing in Hong’s recent work. Found objects, sculpture and various ephemera round out this new series of paintings.

The show will be on display through November 3, 2012.