"Spi-ritual: Three Artist"

June 9 - July 12, 2006

Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Service NY
Opening Reception: June 9, 2006, 6 - 8 pm

Mon. - Fri. 10am - 7pm
Sat. 10am - 4pm

Born in Korea, Sung Ho Choi, Jung Hyang Kim and Mikyung Kim have established themselves in New York City since the early 1980s. These three artists are critically acclaimed as being charged with intellectual tactics to re-contextualize the dualities of the cultures they have been exposed, Western and Eastern, American and Korean. 

In the Spi-ritual : Three Artists, Sung Ho Choi, Jung Hyang Kim and Mikyung Kim introduce their recent works produced from 2005 to 2006. Three artists in their late works pursue the subjects in terms of the spiritual level, exploring their origin of cultures. Strongly embedded in personal narrative, three artists employ formal expressions which seem universal and tectonic in the use of repetition and seriality. Inspired by Korean heritage, they lay their works in the realms of: Playfulness and ritual; material and spiritual; stillness and mobility. 

Sung Ho Choi presents new production of mixed media series, "Mind". They are partly influenced by pictorial ideography of Chosun Dynasty of Korea. The disparate materials he handles range from sand, cement or lottery tickets, and conveys delicacies of tactile sensory. The materials are collaborated into conjuring up the myriad of minds, which are the center of the world. 

Jung Hyang Kim¢®?s paintings embrace seemingly conflicting elements of double images in a single canvas. By juxtaposing the flower images and geometric patterns create powerful imagery of the dissimilar forms and colors, she questions what is seen and what is imagined. She does not exclude the world beyond the vision, either. 

Mikyung Kim exhibits large scale installation entitled "Moment by Moment", which was directly influenced by Korean ancestral ceremony, Jesa. Ancestral linkage has been the crucial backdrop for her works, and the work is composed of multi part pieces which create a kind of altar setting. 

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

Miro Yoon