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.