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Cultural Material: Korean 3 Contemporary Artists

Cultural Material: Korean 3 Contemporary Artists 


The Korean Cultural Center at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea is proud to announce Cultural Material, an exhibition of exceptional crafts by three contemporary artists of Korean heritage based in the United States.

Artists Bongsang Cho, Jiyoung Chung, and Sang Joon Park, working in metal, paper, and ceramics respectively, each derive their vibrant creations from materials and techniques native to Korea, and were selected for inclusion in the prestigious Smithsonian Craft Show in 2012. Inspired and innovative, their works are at once richly cultural on their own and material to the broader fabric of Korean and American culture.

Each of the artists will introduce their work at a public opening reception with light Korean fare on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 6:30 pm at the Korean Cultural Center. A free RSVP is required (http://goo.gl/jafMo). The exhibition will remain on display through November 11.


About the Artists

Bongsang Cho is a South Korea-born metalsmith working in the United States. This young artist combines traditional techniques of forming metal with new technology to create innovative work. Beautiful, strong and textural, his pieces display the contrast between structural forms and natural beauty of material. Bongsang Cho earned a MFA in Jewelry and Objects from Savannah College of Art and Design and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Metals and Jewelry from Hanyang University in South Korea, and early influences from Korean art and design still resonate in his work, which has been awarded and exhibited in shows in the Untied States and Korea. He moved to the United States in 2005.

Jiyoung Chung is a Joomchi artist, Painter & Freelance Writer. She has developed an innovative method for utilizing a traditional Korean method of papermaking called Joomchi. In Jiyoung’s hands, the ancient takes on a more contemporary appearance. The Hanji (Korean mulberry paper) reveals itself as a painterly, abstract and contemporary art form filled with sculptural and textural imagery. Jiyoung Chung received her BFA (painting) from Rhode Island School of Design with honor and award, and MFA (print/media) from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She is represented by the Gallery at Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland OR. She has had numerous solo (21 times) and group exhibitions throughout Korea, China, Finland, Canada, U.S.A and France.

Sang Joon Park first trained to become a potter twenty years ago under master potter Na Woon Chae. After “countless days” of training, Park realized the artistic potential of a simple, everyday object. “One day, sitting in my studio, I saw a pile of bowls sitting on a work table. These were the bowls I used to make every day without feeling any pressure to create ‘art’. At that moment I realized these bowls - my training foundation - made me an artist long ago. In the past, as a student, I did not know how to appreciate them. In the present they represent my understanding of finding ‘real’ art in my simple, ordinary, everyday life. Most of us are in constant search for a new joy and the happiness and we forget to appreciate what we have. This is how I came to a new and different appreciation of my own work.” Park attended Pratt Institute for an MFA in Ceramic Sculpture, and prior to that graduated from Mock Won University in Korea. Park’s work has been awarded and exhibited in solo and group shows in the United States and Korea, and Park has served as a lecturer at the Brickhouse Ceramic Art Center and Kean University.