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Artistic Records: Art as a Record of the Emotional Past  image

Artistic Records: Art as a Record of the Emotional Past

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents Artistic Records, a 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.  Artistic Records will remain on view through June 28, 2018. 

WHAT: Art exhibition, artist talks, & public opening reception
WHO: Erin Chon, Doo Hee Chung, Hyun Jung Kim, and Jae Young Park
WHEN: Opening Reception: Friday, June, 1 at 6:00 pm
On View: June 1 – 28, 2018 (open M-F, 9am-noon & 1:30-5:30pm)
WHERE: Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. (2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW)
HOW: Free admission to the opening with an RSVP (scroll down or click below). Walk-in visitors welcome during regular hours. 

NOTE: Doors open at 5:30 pm for the opening reception event, and the program starts at 6:00 pm, including brief artist introductions until 6:30 pm.

About the Artists

Erin Chon views her artwork as a medium to record time. An examination of the quantity and quality of that time as experienced by people 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. She completed a residency at the Vermont Studio Center with an Artist Grant Award and has lectured in Korea at Yonsei, Kunkook, and Sungshin Women's universities, as well as the University of Iowa and the University of Alabama in the United States. She has participated in numerous exhibitions, including at the Peninsula Museum of Art in San Francisco, DMC Gallery, and Gallery P1 in Seoul. 

Erin Chon

Decalcomanie (Triptych)

Graphite on paper, 22x30”, 2018

Erin Chon

Tic Tac Toe –Boys

Drawing on paper, 54x72”

Doo Hee Chung has extensively studied traditional Korean painting of the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910) and adapted the styles and techniques from the period to create contemporary portraits. By analyzing and reinterpreting the unique production techniques 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. She has painted numerous traditional portrait reproductions, and her works are part of the collections of the National Palace Museum of Korea, the National Museum of Korea, and the Kyushu National Museum in Japan, among others. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Yeungnam University in Korea.

Doo Hee Chung

Family Tree Portraits

Pigment on silk, 200x350cm, 2017

Doo Hee Chung

Mr.& Mrs. Groves

Pigment on silk, 200x150cm, 2017

Hyun Jung Kim presents in her art an ontological question about “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. She has participated in numerous exhibitions including at the Newark Museum, Belskie Museum, A.I.R. Gallery, PPOW Gallery, and George Segal Gallery. Recently, she has participated international art fairs including Singapore Contemporary and Asia Contemporary Art Show Hong Kong, as well as being selected as an associate artist of Torpedo Factory Art Center in Virginia.

Hyun Jung Kim

I Have a Dream

Canvas, pearls, gold leaf, silk strings, 150x31x1.5”, 2016

Hyun Jung Kim

Blind in Art - Decorated Mother and Decorated Father. 

(These are crowns for a mother and Father. The mother’s crown has the words “Love, Patience, Trust, Sacrifice, Grace, Wisdom, Care, Diligence” in Braille, and the father’s has the words “Love, Dignity, Faith,Confidence” in Braille.) Brass, silver, gems, life size, 2014-2016

Jae Young Park, in creating a work like Woolscape (wool + landscape), depicts thread as a symbolic form embedded with tacit memories. These threads are a common motif in his art. 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. The final image expressed through this repetition represents a record of each individual within the greater social structure. 

Jae Young Park received his BFA and MFA in Fine Art from Chung-Ang University, in Korea, and won top prizes at the Grand Art Exhibition of Korea and Sosabeol Fine Art's Festival. He has participated in various exhibitions in Korea including at Hangaram Art Museum, Sejong Cultural Center, Insa Art Center, and Seoul Arts Center, and has also recently participated in art fair including the Affordable Art Fair Milan and DOORS ARTFAIR.

Jae Young Park
Oil on canvas, 70X70cm+2 (diptych), 2014

Jae Young Park

Woolscape-wrap a white cup

Oil on canvas, 65X50cm, 2018