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K-Art Opening Reception: Recollection: Reinterpreting Tradition and Heritage

Saturday, December 7, 2019, 2:00 AM - 4:00 AM

Opening Reception: Friday, December 6, 2019 at 6 PM

Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, D.C.

Join the opening reception and meet the artists at our final exhibition of 2019! Complimentary champagne and Korean reception provided.

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents Recollection: Reinterpreting Tradition and Heritage, a group exhibition of painting, photography, and sculpture works by five Korean artists who radically reinterpret a variety of classic forms into the visual language of contemporary art. Through vastly different artistic approaches, materials, and subject matter, Jaehyug Choi, Soomin Ham, Hyeon Suk Her, Doo Yeon Jung, and Yoohyun Kim each grapple in personal terms with the apparent contradiction of a modern Korean society still deeply rooted in its cultural history. Whether those bonds to the past are merely added weight or a strengthening foundation is up to each artist to decide.

Jaehyug Choi introduces the motif symbolism of Korean folk paintings to the style of Western still life, juxtaposing the stoic hopelessness of the latter with the former’s embedded aspirations for wealth, longevity, and prosperity. Soomin Ham, after accidentally discovering old photographs that her grandfather made in the 1930s, is lead to reinterpret the meaning of these once hidden images; her visual narrative series is a reconstructed work in which past and present coexist, woven together from imagination and forgotten memories. Born in the 1980s, Hyeon Suk Her has observed and recorded the changes to her neighborhood in Korea over the course of 30 years; she depicts her vivid experiences of residential collapse and rebirth in a rapidly developing area, capturing the memories of a lost community and the architecture of Korean contemporary history. Doo Yeon Jung questions the definition of traditional oriental painting, reinterpreting the realities of Korea from a present-day point of view by allowing modern symbols to infiltrate her faux-traditional compositions. Yoohyun Kim, in reconsidering what it means to be Korean, explores emotions and aesthetics in a new formative language; through a series of three-dimensional images of Korean roof tiles and traditional rice cake patterns on canvas, Kim expresses the lives of Koreans who strive to embrace society yet harmonize with nature.

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