Hangeul, the Aesthetics of the Lines
Exhibition Opening Reception, Artist Talk, & Workshop:
Friday, Oct. 6 @ 6:00 pm
On View: Oct. 6 - 27
Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C.
Plus: silkscreen workshop with the artist during the reception!
Join us for the opening of Hangeul, the Aesthetics of the Lines, a new exhibition of works by Korean contemporary installation artist EunHye Kang that draws inspiration from the geometric and abstract forms of Korea's phonetic, philosophical, and linguistically rich alphabetic writing system, Hangeul. The opening reception event includes an introductory talk by the artist, light reception, and a special Hangeul pattern silkscreen workshop.
Kang's work starts with the fundamental line, the basic element of formative language. By repeating and overlapping these, vertical and horizontal lines crisscross the art space, form images, and create new places in between, just as written language generates endless knowledge and emotion. Kang also describes her process of designing and creating her exhibitions as a performance and a form of meditation. Read more here.
This exhibition comes just in time for Hangeul Day, the Oct. 9 national holiday in Korea celebrating Hangeul's creation nearly six centuries ago. It also captures the expressive possibilities of Hangeul itself, derived from its systematic creation in the 15th century as a practical communication tool for the common people, to its use in artistic calligraphy and modern design. Hangeul's combination of geometric structure and visual cues to pronunciation and natural philosophy have helped it stand the test of time as pure formative medium.