Works by Erin Chon, Doo Hee Chung,
Hyun Jung Kim, and Jae Young Park
Exhibition Opening Reception: Friday, June 1 at 6:00 pm
On view through June 28, 2018
Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C.
Join the opening reception & meet the artists!
Join us at the KCC for the opening of Artistic Records, our new group exhibition opening June 1 featuring painting and sculpture works by four contemporary Korean artists—Erin Chon, Doo Hee Chung, Hyun Jung Kim and Jae Young Park—whose striking and intimate art serves as a record of personal experiences and key moments in life, memorializing the often-overlooked value of the everyday.
Approaching their art as a record itself, in contrast with a record of art that one might study, these artists conceive their art as a medium to study oneself and investigate an essential question: "Who am I?" In doing so, they employ a diversity of visual techniques, such as repetition, realism, and symbolism. Each artist has lived in both Korea and the United States, experiencing a juxtaposition of cultures and social environments that provide ample sense of perspective, a personal journey, and a tendency for their art to represent a record of memories.
Admission to the opening reception event including talks by the artists on Friday, June 1 at 6:00 p.m. is free and open to the public, but registration is required (below). Artistic Records will remain on view through June 28, 2018.
Artist Introduction | Korean Refreshments | Complimentary Drink per Guest
Doo Hee Chung has extensively studied traditional Korean painting of the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910) and adapted its styles and techniques to create contemporary portraits. By analyzing and reinterpreting the unique production and aesthetics of these traditional portraits, Chung created Florida Family Tree, a portrait collection depicting members of a multicultural American family. By applying traditional Korean modes of expression to portraits of a modern-day American family, Chung creates a lasting record of cultural and artistic exchange between the two countries. Doo Hee Chung received her DFA, as well as her BFA and MFA in Traditional Asian Painting, from Seoul National University. For more about this artist, visit the KCC website here.
Jae Young Park, in creating a work like Woolscape (wool + landscape), depicts thread as a symbolic form embedded with tacit memories. The fabrics they constitute are depicted not as a simple contour or a solid color fill, but rather individual lines that overlap, taking on the structure of a knot. These detailed images are intended to induce deep emotions, stir curiosity about stories currently being told in our lives, and stimulate the imagination. For Park, the process of drawing a little every day is like training, and the process of knotting, tangling, and wrapping “threads” reflects the interconnected paths of our lives in society. Jae Young Park received his BFA and MFA in Fine Art from Chung-Ang University. For more about this artist, visit the KCC website here.
Hyun Jung Kim presents in her art an ontological question of “who I am,” based on her research into philosophy, history, and art of past generations, to remind us that individual human beings are precious. She uses materials that symbolize great value such as pearls, gold and jewels to visualize the value of language in our lives while also conveying literal meaning using braille codes and points. Kim believes that her ornamental art pieces, such as a crown, are actually completed only when worn. The crown in particular is a powerful symbol that evokes the precious value of humans who bear it. Visitors to her exhibitions can wear their own crown, take photos, make recordings, and remember their own precious value. Hyun Jung Kim received her BFA and MFA from the Department of Sculpture at Seoul National University, in Korea, and her MFA from Montclair State University, in the United States, where she went on to teach for nine years. For more about this artist, visit the KCC website here.
Erin Chon views her artwork as a medium to record time. An examination of the quantity and quality of that time is reflected in the repeating lines, dots, writings, and symbolic images of everyday life that are integrated in her paintings. Because all human life flows for a limited amount of time, without exception, Chon believes that the consideration of one’s time can be a tool to understand our lives on many levels—in her case, as a woman, a mother, an immigrant, a member of society, and more. Using bold red dots and delicate lines in turn, Chon records and expresses her core memories, emotions, and desires from everyday life. Erin Chon received her BFA in Fine Arts from Seoul National University and her MFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Iowa. For more about this artist, visit the KCC website here.