So Youn Lee's "Over the Moon"

Opening on Saturday, June 18th, 2022 at Hashimoto Contemporary in New York City is People's Printshop artist So Youn Lee’s highly anticipated and excellent solo exhibition, “Over the Moon.”

For “Over the Moon,” the artist will be exhibiting a series of new paintings featuring her iconic young genderless explorer Mango and their sidekick, a white French Bulldog named Choco. Traveling through pastel hued environments echoing Lee's memories and dreams, Mango looks out at the viewer, their large eyes sparkling with curiosity. Mango's cloud-like hair swirls around their head, melding into the landscape. Rainbows, bubbles, eyeballs and stars are recurring symbols which can be found scattered throughout the work.

After two years spent exploring themes of inner sorrow, confusion and a desire to feel connection, the new body of work exhibits optimism and the search for silver linings. So Youn captures a feeling of innocence; the gestural movements of her bright color palette brimming with a jubilant sense of celebration. Full of hope and ready to move forward, Lee considers this body of work the closure of her pandemic series.