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CTRL gallery is pleased to present solo exhibitions by artists Emilio Perez and Myungjin Song.

Emilio Perez was included in the CTRL gallery group show Toil and Trouble (June 2009) and is now returning for his first solo show with the gallery, More Reasons Than One. For this exhibition, Perez will present a new body of work including panel paintings and framed works on paper, all 2010.
The intrigue of Emilio Perez' paintings lies in their ability to so successfully, and beautifully, contradict themselves. They are as flat as maps yet as voluminous as a volcanic plume; as still as stained glass yet as full of movement as churning river rapids; as exuberantly sensuous as a Baroque masterpiece yet as analytical and detached as a Lichtenstein brushstroke painting. This contradiction is a result of Perez' unique process, which in fact fuses two contrasting approaches. Using both the speed and gesture of the brush and the slow mechanical precision of the x-acto blade, Perez creates whirling worlds of activity, forever preserved by graphic delineation.

Perez was born in New York City in 1972 and lives and works in Brooklyn. He attended Pratt Institute (1990-92) and received his BFA from the University of Florida, New World School of the Arts, Miami (1995). Perez has had recent solo exhibitions in New York (Galerie Lelong) and Berlin (Filiale) and has been included in group shows at venues including the Carnegie Art Museum, CA, The Albright Knox Art Gallery, NY, Galerie Conrads, Dusseldorf and the Museum of Fine Arts, FSU, FL. Perez is represented by Galerie Lelong, New York.

Myungjin Song's solo show, Being in Folding, will be her first US gallery exhibition. Since earning her MFA from Hongik University in Seoul, Song has developed an immediately recognizable style of painting that combines ambiguous allegorical narrative with a tendency towards flatness and an obsession with chromium oxide green. In her newest works on view at CTRL, Song explores a variety of landscape based scenarios, all with slightly ominous overtones. In some of the paintings, her trademark "finger people" form spontaneously out of a pink paste, oozing from beneath the green landscape. In others, the half-figures have yet to arrive. Here, the terrain takes the form of an undulating green blanket, crawling with little red cell shaped dots. All of Myungjin's perilous, obstacle infested landscapes, like levels in a video game, seem to have been created for the sole purpose of being overcome and conquered.

Song was born in Busan, Korea in 1973 and lives and works in Seoul. She has exhibited widely in Asia and her works belong to the collections of the Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, The Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul and The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwacheon, Korea. Song received her B.F.A. (1996) and M.F.A. (2000) in painting from Hongik University in Seoul. Other exhibition venues include the Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, PKM Gallery, Beijing and The Gail Art Museum, Gyeonggi, Korea.