New York, NY (PressExposure) March 09, 2014 -- New York, NY: The McCarton Foundation in partnership with Valerie Goodman Gallery will present the first U.S. show of Yun-Mo Ahn's widely traveled exhibition "Become a Butterfly". The exhibition will be open to the public at Valerie Goodman Gallery, 315 East 91st Street from March 14-April 12, 2014. The 42nd Street Port Authority installation will be installed on Wednesday, March 12th and will be showcased there and at various locations throughout New York City. The artist Yun-Mo Ahn will also be available for interviews until April 27, 2014.
This project, initially launched in Korea for children with autism, is now in partnership with the Valerie Goodman Gallery and the McCarton Foundation. The installation has been expanded to include children with autism from the tri-state area, and is paired with works by the French designer, Jacques Jarrige, who shares Yun-Mo Ahn's respect for the creativity of people outside the mainstream.
For the past six years, the Korean artist Yun-Mo Ahn has been working with autistic children in his home country. Having lived and studied in New York in the 1990's, he developed a keen sense for the difficulties of communication, a challenge every foreigner faces. At the same time, he recognized art as a powerful instrument for bridging cultural differences and began exploring an emotionally charged pictorial language; iconic images acquire utopian dimensions as means of instant communication.
Back in Korea, he began working with a small group of developmentally challenged children and soon became fascinated by their colorful and sophisticated creations, which spoke of rich interior worlds. With his first six collaborators, this passionate humanist embarked on a walking and exhibition tour, which soon surpassed his hope for the "butterfly effect," known from physics when a tiny flutter can have a far-reaching impact. This phenomenon, which provided the motif for the children's artwork, unfolded into a celebrated project with more and more participants whose expressions were joined in ever-expanding wall installations. By lending his artistic expertise to the children's uninhibited expressions, Yun-Mo Ahn turns them into multi-layered, elegant compositions. One thousand butterflies will land at our gallery, and we hope their wings will stir up storms of excitement.
We are especially pleased to announce that the McCarton Foundation in Chelsea--one of the country's most important organizations devoted to educating and recognizing the abilities of children and young adults on the autism spectrum--has partnered with us in realizing this important show.
We are equally honored to present pieces by our resident artist Jacques Jarrige created collaboratively in a mental hospital in Paris where has been teaching sculpture for years. Upon meeting in Paris, Yun Mo Ahn recognized in Jacques Jarrige's work a similar approach and shared personal enrichment; he invited him to collaborate in his "Become A Butterfly" exhibition. As visual communicators, both artists have learned that these conditions can be viewed in terms of a cultural and language barrier - as our show hopes to demonstrate, art can help to overcome these obstacles.
Valerie Goodman Gallery is promoting the artists and the causes they support to create awareness about autism and mental illness. "Become a Butterfly" is an ongoing project: that includes workshops at the McCarton foundation, at the Queens Museum and at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). The show at the Valerie Goodman gallery will be followed by exhibitions at the 42nd Bus Terminal, the Partnership Gallery of the Queens Museum, and the Art Gallery of the Rockefeller Preserve State Park in Pleasantville NY and the Create Ability gallery at the Museum of Modern Art. For more information on events and exhibitions please visit: http://www.BecomeAButterfly.org