Artists from Japan, Korea Exhibit in Gallery 51


MCLA Gallery 51 will bring the work of artists from Japan and Korea to its next show. "Linda Mieko Allen, Young Ja Yoon," an exhibition of abstract, mixed-media artwork, opens on Thursday, July 29, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The event, part of DownStreet Art Thursdays, is free and open to the public.

Originally from Osaka, Japan, and Seoul, Korea, Allen and Yoon have exhibited their artwork across the United States and across the globe. While Allen lives in North Adams and Yoon resides in Williamstown, both bring the influence of their heritages to this exhibition.

"The artwork by both of the artists in this show approach form and space in a striking manner: both hold equal value. While their work is abstract, it alludes to physical spaces or attributes thereof, such as sky, clouds, land forms, structures and systems. These works feel like growth and possible extensions of the natural world through a filter of human mediums," said MCLA Gallery 51 Manager Ven Voisey.

Yoon explained that she is influenced not only by nature, but by thoughts that come to her mind.

"I begin painting without preconception, not knowing beforehand what the canvas will yield and I produce realistic images, traveling to the mountains, forests and the seashore of Korea," she explained. "I marveled at the natural beauty. I encountered the brilliance and variety of color, the unique shape, the complexity of such seeming simplicity, and I invited God's creativity and wondered how I could possibly compete. I could no longer try to copy what to I saw. This is where I leave realism behind and moved increasingly toward attraction as a way to express my sense of the spiritual."

Allen said the art included in this show approaches form and space in a "striking manner."

"Both hold equal value," she explained. "While the work is abstract, it alludes to physical spaces and systems or attributes thereof - formation, architectural elements, support structure. These works feel like sublime growth and possible extensions of the natural and unnatural world through a filter of a human medium."

Intrigued with marble quarries since she moved to North Adams, Allen wanted to incorporate them into her work.

"Marble dust is an ideal vehicle for my experimentation and execution. I also enjoy the transpiration of the fact that it is mined in the area and the physical identity/composition has taken on another form, another place," she said.

"Linda Mieko Allen, Young Ja Yoon" will run through Sept. 26. MCLA Gallery 51 is a program of the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and is at 51 Main St. in North Adams. The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about the exhibit, contact the gallery at (413) 664-8718, or go to gallery51. To learn more about DownStreet Art Thursdays and the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, go to and bcrc.