Close your eyes and imagine a warm house with light coming in. Curtains swaying in the wind, warm sunshine, and a twinkling lake are visible out the window. All of these will make the heart flutter. Even more, if the sounds of birds and water are heard in the distance, it'll be a perfect day. There is an exhibition where these can be experienced. This SMT reporter visited the exhibition <Alice Dalton Brown, Where the Light Breaths> to find the perfect day.
The beauty of reality
Art itself is enough to captivate people. People, however, are more fascinated by the realism of art. Alice Dalton Brown, the painter of this exhibition uses realism, showing realistic landscapes through oil paintings and pastel paintings. People can get a refreshing and peaceful rest by seeing the beauty of light, water, and wind in the paintings. Also, the blue skies and lakes that seem to expand beyond the canvas can vitalize the visitors who are tired of COVID-19.
The exhibition is being held at "MY ART MUSEUM" near Samseong Station in Gangnam-gu. The fastest way to get there is to take the subway from Sookmyung Women's University Station on Line 4. Then, transfer to Sadang Station on Line 2 and get off at Samseong Station. Go out of exit 4 of Samseong Station and walk straight for five minutes until you reach the 'Textile Industries building'. The exhibition is on the first basement level of the building. It takes about an hour in total. Once people buy a ticket from the booth, they get a waiting number. Because of COVID-19, only 25 people can enter every 15 to 20 minutes. The ticket can be bought at a 5% discount on the Naver reservation. Also, the docent program is held at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. on weekdays, but on weekends, it is only held at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. However, depending on COVID-19, it could be canceled.
Peaceful, but not monotonous
"Alice Dalton Brown, Where the Light Breaths" begins with her introduction to the exhibition. Next, it leads to four sections. Each section is divided based on the area in which the artist has lived, showing light and shadows on a variety of landscapes, including Auburn, Washington Square Park, Long Island, Lake Cayuga, and Italy. The exhibition also shows three new works by the artist for this MY ART MUSEUM commission. With the most recent work available, visitors can get a deeper understanding of the world of her work.
"Light and Shadow," the first part of the exhibition, best illustrates the artist's style of painting. Instead of expressing the object directly, she shows what she wanted to express through the shadow of the object reflected on the wall by the light. From the second part, "Invitation to Home," visitors can listen to music that matches with the scenery in the paintings through QR codes provided by the exhibition. It allows visitors to become more immersed in the paintings. The music is provided by Genie Music. Although the SMT reporter did not install the Genie Music application in advance, it was enough to view the paintings themselves to enjoy them. The paintings of many houses and mansions in various places were displayed, and the expression of light on their doors and windows was very beautiful. Next, the third part, "Summer Wind," allows visitors to appreciate the work with the sound of water coming from the exhibition without the Genie Music app. Unlike the previous sections, this section displays works that depict the scenery outside of the window from the inside. Curtains waving by the open window and a sparkling lake visible outside of the window are the features of the paintings in this section. Following the section is Alice Dalton Brown's MY ART MUSEUM Commission. There are a total of three commissioned works, and they give freshness because there are various works that depict the same landscape from various perspectives. Finally, in the fourth part, "The Mood of Italy," visitors can see the works that the artist painted during a visit to a friend's villa in the town of Luca, Italy. The section has many pastel paintings unlike the previous sections, and the rough and warm feeling of the pastels conveys the mood of Italy. Part four concludes the exhibition. Each section contains different landscapes, but all of them show the beauty of nature created by light and shadow. Visitors will be able to feel the peace and beauty of sunlight through the exhibition.
The exhibition was a series of beautiful paintings reminiscent of Cezanne and Gauguin, and this SMT reporter was able to have a peaceful time through the exhibition. Also, it was good that there was a limited number of places to take pictures, so quiet viewing was possible without constant shutter sounds. However, the price of the exhibition was too high considering the exhibition's viewing time. Also, this SMT reporter who visited on the weekend could only enter after about two hours of waiting time. Nevertheless, it was an exhibition where people could feel the beautiful nature in dreary city life.