"Contemporary Textile Design"

January 14 - 28, 2005

Gallery Korea at the Korean Cultural Center New York
(460 Park Ave. 6th Floor, New York, NY 10022)

Opening Reception: Friday, January 14, 6-8 pm

Exhibition in collaboration with the Korea Textile Design Association 

The Korean Cultural Service New York is pleased to present the exhibition "Contemporary Textile Design" in collaboration with the Korea Textile Design Association. The exhibition will show the excellence of Korean contemporary textile design and the enormous potential of the Korean textile industry. 

The Korea Textile Design Association is the largest such organization in Korea; the most significant works produced by its members will be on display. Visitors will be able to capture the essence of modern Korean textile design and textile products, which have the background of traditional Korean culture. The displayed works, from about forty prominent designers, will also raise questions about the boundaries between art and mass production, and between aesthetics and function. Future designers?choices regarding these issues will play an important role in adding value to the Korean textile industry. The exhibition will examine two different but essentially coexisting elements: art and function. 

For Korea, the textile industry has been one of its most economically important industries since the 1950s. Today, modern designs and technologically advanced products bridge more strongly the perceived gap between traditional and frontier textile industries and open more widely the possibility of achieving harmony between the spirit and unique beauty of traditional Korean textiles and the modern spirit of design methodology. This exhibition will introduce Korean textile design to the U.S. and at the same time enrich and broaden the diversity of textile design in the American textile design industry. 

An opening reception will be held on Friday, January 14, from 6 ?8 pm, with the artists present. Please contact curator Jin Yong Chung for further information at (212) 759-9550 or nyarts@koreanculture.org. Further information is also available at the Korean Cultural Service New York website, located at www.koreanculture.org. The gallery will be closed on January 17.

Miro Yoon