Gallery LVS (Sinsa-dong space) is extremely pleased to announce Wonkun Jun’s solo exhibition “Pause” from May 18th – June 24th, 2017, Jun’s third solo exhibition at Gallery LVS. Included in the exhibition are Jun’s new works that are still broadening in the scope of color and form. In his new ‘Dots’ series, Jun has used yellow-gold hues in the foundation alluding to the symbolic color in both Eastern Buddhist and Western icon paintings, further highlighting the spiritual performance and historical significance of painting.
Wonkun Jun’s paintings are consistent as ever but also constantly evolving. Like the unidirectional route of life, and Jun’s unique technique of building up thin layers of paint one by one, his paintings are silently and modestly moving forward without drawing anyone’s attention. The growth of a soul does not require others’ acknowledgement or proclamation, but it can be personally felt and shared with others by a tacit consent. As one looks back after ascetically advancing forward, one can find him or herself and even the surrounding community already matured, and small things that seemed meaningless come into their full potential.
Many often think that the process of ‘pausing’ out of all the various routes that one can take in life is regressive rather than progressive. But for Jun, ‘pausing’ is to move forward; it is a moment when mind and body are finally empty after arduously devoting the body into repetitive labor. An honest pause cannot be replaced by other means of pleasure or entertainment. Jun’s continuous repetition of filling and emptying the canvas is an honest pause blurring the beginning and the end of his work and evoking a full resonance.
Within Jun’s paintings that consist of simple, yet clear restrictions using only four colors and his hand movement filling and emptying, one can find peace of mind and body.
Wonkun Jun was born in Seoul, 1970. He has graduated from Chugye University for the Arts, and Kunstakademie Dusseldorf as a master student of Helmut Federle. His works have been exhibited in Kunstverein Duisburg, Museum Kunstpalast Dusseldorf and Youngeun Art Museum, South Korea and many more. He currently lives and works in Dusseldorf, Germany.