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Aprill 20, 2012

(973) 684-5448



The Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College is pleased to present PATERSON: ALONE TOGETHER, an exhibition of large-scale archival pigment prints of hair and braid patterns by New Jersey artist SO YOON LYM.  Based on hair styles of real people, the images are abstract and powerful. Lym’s new series of silkscreened prints about Paterson is also on view. The exhibition will be on display in the Broadway & LRC Galleries at Passaic County Community College from May 3 through June 22, 2012.


A reception for the artist will be held in the Broadway Gallery, Thursday, May 10, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Admission to the exhibit and reception is free and open to the public.  The Broadway & LRC Galleries are located at Passaic County Community College, Broadway at Memorial Drive in Paterson, New Jersey.   Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed Saturdays after May 19).


So Yoon Lym was born in Seoul, South Korea, and lived in Uganda and Kenya before immigrating with her family to northern New Jersey at the age of seven.  After studying art at the Rhode Island School of Design and Columbia University, she worked as a textile colorist and designer in New York City.   For the past ten years she has been an art educator at JFK High School in Paterson, New Jersey.  Her hair and braid pattern works are derived from photographs of the hairstyles of some of her students.


So Yoon Lym is currently building a new body of work as part of her Lower Eastside Printshop Keyholder Residency.  Paterson: Alone Together is the result of two series of works inspired by some of Lym’s explorations with printmaking that came from her one year residency.   One body of work, the large hair and braid pattern portraits, are prints based on scans of her acrylic paintings that were printed as “Archival Pigment Prints.”   The artist has described her hair and braid pattern images “as symbols, abstract patterns, as kind of fingerprints of contemporary urban culture.”  The other series, eleven silkscreened prints shown together for the first time, are all about Paterson.  Lym used the CMYK process of silkscreen printing for the images; four separate screens create a composite photographic color image of a street, roadway or house in Paterson.


So Yoon Lym’s recent exhibitions include, Arthur M. Berger Gallery, Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY; Target Gallery: Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA; Korn Gallery, Drew University, Madison, NJ; Gallery Korea: Korean Cultural Service of New York and Jersey City Museum.  Her work has been in many publications such as, Cabinet Magazine, Studio Visit Magazine, Paterson Literary Review, 6YL and many exhibition catalogs. She has received awards and residencies from the Millay Colony for the Arts: Mid Atlantic Foundation Creative Fellow, Vermont Studio Center, Lower Eastside Printshop Keyholder Residency Program, and the Geraldine R. Dodge Artist Fellowship Award.


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