Los Angeles, CA/- Seomi International is pleased to present Naturalism: In Moderation and Destruction. The exhibition will run from May 10th - July 1st, 2016 at Seomi International Gallery, Case Study House #21, 9038 Wonderland Park Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90046.
Following in the footsteps of LACMA’s exhibition from 2014 titled “Treasures From Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910,” “Naturalism: In Modernization and Destruction” aims to open up the conversation for how South Korea has changed during the last decades by exploring the transformation that has happened in Korean society post industrialization.
South Korea has a deeply rooted tradition for craftsmanship and a close cultural connection to nature—imaginably since Buddhism was the official religion for more than a thousand years.
Traditional Korean artifacts such as moon jars date back to the 14th century and the Joseon Dynasty. A moon jar is an imperfect replica of the moon’s reflection in water and considered one of the most precious forms in Korean tradition. The shape of a moon jar is one of the most difficult to create since it joins two pieces of ceramic that need to be identically imperfect and united to create the shape of a moon. Kwon Dae Sup is one of the most appreciated contemporary ceramists in Korea. He has mastered his craft at creating moon jars and three of his works are featured in this exhibition.
The works of Hong-goo Kang (Images below) has received excellent reviews from his exhibition with One and J gallery during Hong Kong Art Basel. Recently, his works were acquired by a major U.S. museum documenting his own neighborhood and the stark reality of postindustrial Seoul.
Hong-goo Kang brings new life to digital black and white images of landscapes and houses by distorting them and using acrylic paint to add color into areas that have now been abandoned. His technique brings back the nostalgia and life that was present at one time.
The exhibition also includes works by Choi Byung Hoon who is considered the grandfather of Korean design. He made a name for himself in Paris during the 1980’s, but has relocated back to his native country, Korea. He has been a role model and mentor for many Korean artists. Choi Byung Hoon describes his work as a merge of “naturalism and minimalism” and attempts to express “unity and intimacy with nature.” The three works featured in this exhibition are early works by Choi Byung Hoon.
The piece below (image A) is by Lee Hun Chung who recently finished his solo exhibition in New York City at R & Company. The artist contributes with a piece that derived from a form that he explored during one of his many walks by his studio in the woods three hours outside of Seoul. Lee Hun Chung considers his works as “an extension of natural itself.” He is another great example of a Korean artist who follows in the footsteps of Naturalism. He is widely known for his glazing techniques. When describing color he states, “I wish that the surface created by traces of fire were felt as a trace of labor and natural phenomena, rather than understood as color”.