August 28 — October 2, 2021
What Dreams May Become
Conduit Gallery is honored to announce What Dreams May Become, the third solo exhibition of work at Conduit Gallery by Korean-born, San Antonio-based artist, Soomin Jung.
Soomin Jung’s landscape drawings, deftly rendered in gouache, colored pencil and graphite on paper, are at once accurate and unreal. Through landscape, Soomin Jung’s drawings explore perception of the world around us and the myriad influences that can distort a given environment. The conjunction of these distortions, and the wonderment they evoke, is where Jung’s interest lies, such as the reflection of a mountain in a body of water, or the mirroring effect of a mountain valley.
Each of the drawings in the exhibition are titled from the lines of a poem penned by Jung to her young children. To Jung, the early childhood imprints and impressions of one’s surroundings equate to the confrontations with the sublime through landscape.
A message to my children.
You are what my dreams may become. This is the end of my time, and the beginning of yours. Countless shining moments await like fireflies in the dusk. When the time comes and you shine like stars in the indigo sky, I step back and admire. How beautiful you are, how wonderful you are. My river runs through you. My Sun only exists to make your Moon bright.
When you think of me seasons after seasons, call my name quietly, I’ll come to you like first snow in the dark night. I’ll come to you like first snow in the dark ocean.
– Soomin Jung, 2021
Soomin Jung was born in Seoul, South Korea, and relocated in San Antonio, Texas where she earned an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2008. In 2007, Jung was awarded a residency at the Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence, Italy. Jung is a full-time lecturer at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Recent exhibitions include: the Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX (2021); Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, TX (2020); Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, MN (2020); Hopkins Arts Center, Hopkins, MN (2020); Brea Gallery, Brea, CA (2019); Culture Commons Gallery, San Antonio, TX (2019); the Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL (2018); Gallery Hye, Seoul, South Korea (2017).