ARTIST'S NOTE - 1
An outcry of cohered pack/ We feel the majestical rhythm of life when we see the cohered flock of birds in flight, and the school of same kind of fish swimming in the deep solemn sea. A cohered pack silently follows a leader, never creating the same shape in their movement. Violin, known to be a quintessence of the beauty because of is golden section of its formative composition, is just like an overwhelming pack of creation by overlapping our Korean traditional paper, Hanji that lasts a thousand years.
It is like hearing the nature¡¯s beautiful moving pack with a grand ensemble of violin¡¦ I use natural dye that has higher pigment for indigo (blue), nutgall (Purple), safflower (Red) to express the eco-friendly and natural feel. No one in the world could ever imitate my technique of which I have apprehended out on my own over many years with artisan spirit and I hereby continue to advance and develop modernization of Hanji¡¯s unique feature through my craftmanship.
ARTIST'S NOTE - 2
The Memory of Traditional Korean Paper (Hanji), Straw Matting and Wooden Tablets with Various Decorative Designs/ I was born and grew up in a rural village. I remember vividly the annual work of separating all the windows from the window frames and replacing the old and dirty papers with new and fresh ones on a bright and clear autumn day. Due to the great number of windows, all my family members were engaged in plucking the window papers, cleaning, starching and sticking and attaching pretty petals around the doorknobs for a whole day.
In evening after all the work was done, everybody would move the undried windows to their original places and then went to bed exhausted. When the sun rose in the morning, the bright, clean and dainty sun rays would enter my room and the part around the doorknob looks even better due to the red flower petals on the white paper. I will never forget the memory of the clean and taut windows, window paper and more often than not with some deep red petals.
When autumn comes to agricultural villages, farmers harvest a variety of crops such as rice plants, red peppers, soybeans and sesame. All the farm products are laid on straw matting for drying. Furthermore, when a household has big or small family affairs, such as marriages or funerals, they always welcome their visitors and guests by laying out straw mats. Whenever we have bean feasts and joyous parties with raw rice wine and dances or mourn for a loved one, we also lay out the straw matting.
Thus, they involve the farmers¡¯daily lives, as well as exceptional joys and sorrows. In rural communities, the cold winter was off-season for farm work, but during that time some elderly men would come together daily in the reception hall and weave mats with rice straw. We steam rice and make rice cake when lunar New Year¡¯s Day or Korean harvest day comes. After making loaves of rice cake, we are sure to stamp them with wooden tablets with various decorative designs.
One could argue that the unsophisticated shapes of beautiful flowers were the first designs made by Koreans. Moreover, a variety of decorative designs on wooden tablets are also generally believed to symbolize good luck and fortune. Here again, we can feel the beauty and wisdom of our ancestors. I use what is disappearing nowadays from ancient times and include it in my art. My work continues to modernize traditional Korean paper, straw matting and wooden tablets with decorative designs, focusing on new aesthetics and a new expression of beauty.
ARTIST'S NOTE - 3
About my work/ Hanji is a paper that breathes; it appears differently depending on the climate, and as a result of its breathing property, this paper lasts a thousand years. It has variable and receptive property with its light and rough textured surface which actually feels very frank by nature. These characteristics seem to contain Korean sentiments which is with no doubt our traditional paper. I have always enjoyed using Hanji comprising the Western and the feminine beauty and shape that a violin has.
Recently, I have started to recreate using Mung Suk, a circular straw mat which were used in the feast or during hard labor by the peasants in the farm. Also, rice cake mold that is believed to bring good fortune. These straw mats are rare to be found nowadays but the repeated woven shapes actually seem modern and portray to be a cutting edge in contemporary art. I aim to collaborate the traditional and modern beauty, East and West, aristocratic and common, etc the mixture of such different and contradicting factors will create a whole new taste and flavor.
Master of Education in Art Education, Kyunghee University, Seoul
Bachelor of Art in Painting, Hongik University, Seoul
RECENT SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2019, Gallery Dado, Seoul
2018, Cube Art Museum, Seongnam, Korea
2017, Gallery Juliana, Seoul
2014, Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwangju, Korea
2009, Gallery Sun, Seoul
2007, POSCO Art Museum, Seoul
1998, Galerie BHAK, Seoul
1996, Walker Hill Art Museum, Seoul
1994, Gallery Petley Jones, Vancouver, Canada
1993, Galerie Beeldspraak, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1991, Galerie Hofstraat, Rijnsburg, Netherlands
1991, Galerie Etienne de Causans, Paris, France
Representing 50 galleries such as Gallery Seoul since in 1978
RECENT SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020, Paintings made from Paper, Leeungno Museum, Daejeon, Korea
2020~1997, KIAF, LA, Cologne, Miami, NY, Paris, Berlin,
.....Tokyo, Hong Kong,
Shanghai, Beijing, Taiwan, Brussels, Stuttgart Art Fair
2015, White Echoes: Poetics of Hanji and Contemporary Art,
Museum SAN, Kangwon-do, Korea
1999, Contemporary Korean Paper Art, Gorcums Museum, Netherlands
1983, The 17th SaoPaulo Biennale, Brazil
The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art, Seoul
Pusan Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pusan, Korea
Walkerhill Art Museum, Seoul
Sungkok art Museum, Seoul
Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
Hongik Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
Park Soo Keun Museum of Art, Kangwon-do, Korea
Seosomun shrines history Museum, Seoul
Korean Embassy in Sweden, Thailand, Russia, Germany, Indonesia
Professor of Hong-ik University graduate school Department of Art