Presences: New Paintings by Mervyn Seldon and Chong Hahn
September 12 - October 27, 2008
Receptions: September 13 & October 11, 6 – 9PM
During the Pomona 2nd Saturday Art Walks

Gallery 57 Underground
Contemporary Fine Art
300-C S. Thomas St. (basement), Pomona, CA 91766
In the Arts Colony
Media contact:  Mervyn Seldon (626) 919-1297
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Gallery hours: Thursday by appointment; Friday-Sunday, 12-4 pm

57 Underground's September - October show, "Presences: New Paintings by Mervyn Seldon and Chong Hahn”, offers both representational and abstract work by artists based in two cultures and working in different styles, mediums, and sizes.

Mervyn Seldon, “A Conversation in Color”.

Mervyn Seldon sees in our everyday lives trace of memories, visions, and illusions.  In these paintings, she has contrasted the realities of the fruits and vegetables she grows with the spirits she senses flowing in the currents of life.  Her mid-size and smaller paintings, in acrylic and often using mixed media, celebrate shapes and colors and have been shown widely in California.  A resident of West Covina, she holds an M.F.A. degree from California State University, Fullerton, as well as undergraduate or graduate degrees in French literature, art history, and Chinese studies.

Chong Hahn, “untitled”, 65” x 90”.

For Chong Hahn, presences come in the form of ideas, which she incorporates into her art so that others will see, hear, and touch them.  This exhibition features her large landscape oil paintings.  A native Korean, Chong Hahn was born and grew up in Seoul.  She came to the United States to study at the Art Institute of Chicago.  After earning her B.F.A., she returned to Korea but came back to the United States in 1990, serving as an art instructor to her own Cypress class of students.  A resident of Los Alamitos, she has shown her work in Southern California galleries.

57 Underground, a nonprofit artists' gallery with a focus on contemporary fine art, will observe its Tenth Anniversary in Pomona in November and December 2008 in "Celebration," a special exhibition of work by its current members and alumni artists.

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