"Four Sculptors"

November 29 - December 29, 2006

Gallery Korea of the Korean Cultural Service New York
Opening Reception: November 29, 2006, 6 - 8pm

Korean Cultural Service NY is pleased to present Four Sculptors: Yong Jin Han, Chungyoon Kim, Choong Sup Lim, and John Pai at Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Service NY, from November 29 to December 29, 2006. The opening reception will be held at Gallery Korea, which is located on 460 Park Ave. 6th Fl., New York City, on Wednesday, November 29, 2006, between 6-8 pm.

Yong Jin Han, Chungyoon Kim, Choong Sup Lim, and John Pai, four Korean master sculptors from the New York area, will exhibit their creations abstracted from stone, wood, metal as well as non traditional mediums. Each of the four sculptors have deep rooted inspirations from Korean culture and heritage, however, the focus of each artists varies: Han, Kim, and Pai, uses the process of carving and welding, and shows the formal relationship of the parts of works, or spatial relationship between the inner or outer parts of the sculpture; whereas Lim encompasses conceptually conflicting elements in the frame of work.

Young Jin Han has been seeking the theme of harmonizing with nature in his stone pieces through his human scale works as well as public sculptures. Recognized as one of early explorers of abstract sculptors in Korea, Han is the recipient of Kim Se Joong award, the most renowned sculpture award in Korea. He will exhibit stone and wood pieces, which possess the essence of the forms and timeless quality. 

Chungyoon Kim has been using Vermont Purple-heart wood to form the abstract constructions which constantly are associated with human aspects: from the solidity of single man's standing position to sexuality of couple's physical union. His recent sculptures will deliver the energetic powers of formal firmness and soaring lines. 

Using steel as a main material for over forty years, John Pai has been overcoming the limits of materials used in his sculptures. Applying the welding techniques to every procedure, Pai creates the subtle combinations of biomorphic and geometric abstractions, displaying a new level of weightlessness in contrast to the metallic hardness. 

One of the most ingenious installation artists, Choong Sup Lim draws free associations on unlimited time and space frames. Lim collects motifs from nature and city environment, past and present, oriental and western traditions, and established a unique realm encompassing paintings, sculptures, and installations. 

Gallery Korea's hours are from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm from Monday through Friday, and 10:00 to 4:00 on Saturdays. For more information, contact Yu Jin Hwang, curator of Korean Cultural Service NY at 212-759-9550.

Miro Yoon