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From Nature: Six Korean artists’ environment-inspired painting, sculpture, print and installation art  image

From Nature: Six Korean artists’ environment-inspired painting, sculpture, print and installation art

What is the value of Nature? Or rather, what values does Nature exhibit? The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents From Nature, a new exhibition featuring six Korean artists who explore what it means to espouse the values found in nature—form, flow, utilization of resources—In their art and life.

Bukang Kim, Hyang Yeon Lee, Hyun Jeung, Jung Woo Cho, Soo il Choi, and Yurim Seong utilize a variety of expressive artistic media including painting, sculpture, print and installation art to reflect the contrasting harmony of realism and abstraction found at different levels of nature. Each artist’s work varies in material and technique as they draw connections between their unique personal style of expression and fundamental principles of the natural world.

Admission to the opening reception with talks by the artists on Friday, August 4 at 6:00 p.m. is free and open to the public, but registration is required at www.KoreaCultureDC.org. From Nature will remain on view through August 31, 2017. 

From Nature
WHAT: Art exhibition, artist talks, & public opening reception
WHO: Bukang Kim, Hyang Yeon Lee, Hyun Jeung, Jung Woo Cho, Soo il Choi, Yurim Seong
WHEN: Opening Reception: Friday, August 4 at 6:00 pm 
On View: August 4–31, 2017 (open M-F, 9am-noon & 1:30-5:30pm)
WHERE: Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. (2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW)

Free RSVP to the opening reception. Scroll down, or click HERE

Artist Talks 
Korean Reception & Refreshments
Complimentary Drink per Guest

About the Artists 

Bukang Kim's work comprises Eastern and Western influences, using universal colors and textures of nature such as sky, sun, and sea to visualize an internal harmony. She combines the Eastern calligraphic stroke with Western paint to create abstract, flowing expressions of her personal journey's natural and emotional aspects. Kim received her BA from Seoul National University and after coming to the United States in 1970, graduated from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. Her paintings and drawings have been widely exhibited in South Korea, Europe, and the United States.

Bukang Kim

Ocean 268x53”, oil on rice paper, 2004

Bukang Kim

Journey 2 (Yin &Yang), 73x53”, oil on rice paper, 2003

Yurim Seong strives to find metaphors for human life through her artwork. For Seong, painting trees is a process of drawing individual lives one by one, each going through life in silence. And just as there are no two identical lives, no two trees are the same. She gives the same care to perceiving a tree’s rich material and expressing it through her hands that a portrait artist would for human expressions, showing that each life is full of ups and downs. Seong graduated from Kookmin University’s Painting Department in Korea and has actively participated in numerous exhibitions as a rising artist. 

Yurim Seong

Untitled, 65.1x100cm, acrylic on canvas, 2014

Yurim Seong

Untitled 34, 60.6x72.7cm, acrylic on canvas, 2013

Hyang Yeon Lee creates abstract compositions with rough brushstrokes and splendid colors. Instead of reproducing realistic forms, she focuses on movement that expresses the lyricism of nature. Lee concentrates on the motion of her subject, expressing it lyrically, rather than reproducing its specific nature and form. After graduating from Silla University in Korea, Lee graduated from Hongik University in Korea where she studied painting, and has participated in numerous exhibitions in Korea.

Hyang Yeon Lee

Fun-4, 60x50cm, mixed media on canvas,  2016

Hyang Yeon Lee

Untitled-11, 162x130cm, mixed media on canvas, 2017

For Hyun Jeung, each print comes from the same resource matrix but is fundamentally and deliberately different. Printmaking is traditionally a reproduction technique, but for her, the process is an art, which paradoxically reveals natural variation through repetition. She strives to give way to an unseen force that breathes life into art, but can express itself only when the artist steps back: that of the Void. Jeung studied printmaking at Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris, Chinese woodblock printing at Beijing Fine Arts University, and received her PhD in fine art from the Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in London, Paris, and France. 

Hyun Jeung
Bougainvillers, 34x35cm, Woodblock print, 2017

Hyun Jeung
Geranium II, 32x24cm, Woodblock print,  2015

Jung Woo Cho's contemporary Installation and painting artwork is inspired by Korean tea culture, which, like much of traditional Korean culture, is itself based on principles of natural philosophy. With each work, he creates many moments from Korean culture, but in one space. Cho believes everything is endlessly changing in every way; the nature of water never changes, but its quality changes depending on its environment. His ceiling installation is a collection of spheres that are made of only paper and water, symbolizing how water changes due to human influence and temperature. He was born and raised in Korea and has participated in numerous exhibition in Korea. 

Jung Woo Cho

Water Series


Soo-il Choi focuses on formativeness in his artwork. The arrangement of calligraphy characters, choice of animal subject, and even coloring are determined by modeling a sense of natural form that balances concreteness and abstractness. Despite the focus on form, Choi strives to capture sensual characteristics and a visual feel of his natural subjects. Since graduating from Jeonju University’s Graduate School of Fine Arts in Korea, Choi has participated in numerous overseas exhibitions including in Korea, China, Germany, and Japan.

Soo il Choi

Nature, acrylic on wood, 2017

Soo il Choi

Nature, acrylic on wood, 2017