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Bridging the Gap (Friday, Feb. 28 - March 21)

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. is proud to present Bridging the Gap, a new group exhibition of three promising Korean women artists exploring issues of Korean identity, ties to ones mother country, and the diversity of immigrant experiences in New York City, with an opening reception and talks by the artists on Friday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Artists Hyo Jeong Nam, Suyeon Na, and Jin-Kang Park each completed their undergraduate degrees in Korea before completing graduate studies in New York, where they now pursue professional creative work as artists in their 30s. Working in a variety of visual and installation art mediums, each presents her  own reflections and personal expressions of an ongoing life journey.

Admission is free, but an RSVP is required to attend the opening event, via www.KoreaCultureDC.org. This exhibition will remain on display through March 21 (M-F, 9 am – noon and 1:30 – 5:30 pm).

Bridging the Gap
Opening Reception Event: Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 @ 6:30 pm (RSVP required below)
Exhibition Dates: Feb. 28 – March 21, 2014 (M-F, 9am-12pm & 1:30-5:30pm)
Location: Korean Cultural Center Washington DC (2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW 20008)
Contact: Jiyoung Yun | jiyoungy@koreaembassy.org | (202) 587-6163

About the Artists

Hyo Jeong Nam is a graduate of Kyonggi University, where she studied painting. She completed her master’s degree at the Pratt Institute and has since worked actively in individual and group exhibitions.

I am pursuing the truth of life and exploring my belief through my work. Life starts and continues with breathing. Observing breathing in and out, I draw the movement of it. The loop pattern in my drawing comes out naturally by following the breathing. It moves up and down with energy. It moves up and down with time. It moves up and down with rhythm. It moves up and down regularly and irregularly. The up and down of breathing is the rhythm of life. In my thread hanging installation, tying thread means tying this moment to next moment. I tie this moment, embracing the feelings, emotions, thoughts, consciousness, and unconsciousness of it. Connecting this moment to the next moment becomes time. It becomes a story of life. It becomes history and a trace of life. Repeating the same pattern and the same act is the process of life. Every moment is the essence of life and in that is the truth of life.

Suyeon Na’s artwork depicts lives that cross both Seoul and New York, and the various ideas about human relations that people experiences. Children and women are often the subject of her work, which shows the psychological conflicts and awareness of the issues of race and sex as an Asian woman in the United States.

Within the process of personal growth, many people leave familiar environments and encounter unexpected situations. My work portrays life as a nomadic journey by employing various lightweight paper and fabrics that are easy to carry and work with while relocating.  Many of them are inspired by traditional Asian costumes and the airy lightness and flowing lines of traditional Korean costumes. I am also particularly interested in relationships between people from different cultures and backgrounds, as I have maintained a lifestyle that crosses different cities. To deliver the narratives, young girls often appear as main characters in my drawings, backed with scenes of mysterious atmospheres. Through these fantasy-driven images and installation works, I embody a hybrid of Western environments and Asian culture as well as express interaction and understanding among people from various cultural and racial backgrounds.

Jin-Kang Park is an installation artist, sculptor, and performance artist. She graduated from the fine arts program at Korea National University of Arts and completed her master’s degree at Stony Brook University in New York. Recently, she was invited to the Art Palm Beach’s Korean Pavilion and is currently working as the studio program director at the Chashama Foundation.

Abandoned urban spaces, where constant development seems to have failed temporarily, interest me. Construction and nature coexist, creating a beauty that is easy to ignore at first. I want to embrace such ruins with materials of a character that is opposite to the concrete and steel left on site. In my project Loop, I chose yarn, implying warm feelings, continuation, and longevity. I built symbolic ruins with metal bars coming out of a patch of earth. I walked around them, tying them together with the yarn in a repetitive process that took time and patience and was pivotal to the project. I want to suggest this repeating, Sisyphean action as city life.