Colorful   “stones.”   SoonAe Tark’s  acrylic

paintings  at  the Temple Gallery  catch  the

eye  initially   because  they  are   bursting

with  exuberant color.  But  more  subtle  forces

work to   impart  gravity,  tension  and  energy,

qualities   the hold  the  eye  after  the  color

has  arrested   it.


The   Korean-born  artist  composes   with

rectilinear  and  slablike  shapes,   all  of

which  have   slightly  convex  sides  and

rounded  corners.   She  stacks  the  shapes in

columns   whose  apparent  stability  is  tenuous

because  the   points  of  contact   are  relatively



The  paintings  suggest  stones  piled  atop

one   another,  like cairns  or  neolithic  monu-

ments.  But  their  basic  appeal  is  abstractly

formal  and   forcefully  direct,  generated  by

contrasts   of  color,  mass  and  shape.


Tark  uses  a   lot  of  colors,  from  vibrant

primaries  to  rich pastels.  Likewise,  her

inventory  of  shapes  is extensive.  But  she

imposes  such   rigorous  discipline  on  this

high-energy  formula   that  the  paintings

feel  like  an   homage  to  Mondrian.


 by Edward J. Sozanski


 “In Yellow,” by SoonAe Tark, at the Temple

Gallery, Exuberant color  grabs  the eye,  but

gravity, tension  and  energy  hold it  as Tark

suggests   stones  piles  atop  one  another.