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Korean Aesthetics at Albemarle Gallery

Notice of an upcoming exhibition at Albemarle Gallery, commencing 4 June.

Korean Aesthetics

Albemarle Gallery | 49 Albemarle Street | London W1S 4JR |
4 June – 27 June 2009

Lee Jaehyo

Lee Jaehyo“I drive countless nails into wood, bend them, grind them and then burn the wood, making nails protrude and at the same time blackening its growth ring and natural colour. Glittering metallic nails on the black charcoal become ever more conspicuous. Through this process, I draw a picture on wood using nails.” Lee Jaehyo graduated from Hong-Ik University in 1992. He has won the Hankook Ilbo Young Artists Award in 1997, the Osaka Triennial Award in 1998, the Kim Sae-Jung Award in 2000, the Sculpture in Woodland Award in 2002 and the Japan Hyogo International Competition Award in 2004

Park Seungmo

Park SeungmoPark Seungmo produces sculpture in aluminium and bronze wire. The wire spirals around, seemingly encasing these hidden shapes in horizontal lines, which flex and follow the form. This mummification of the object it represents transforms it into one of optical, tactile and aesthetic beauty. His figurative sculptures are abundant with a sense of spiritual energy. Harsh lines are muted as the eye flows along the surface of his works that will never again function as everyday objects. These finished sculptures encourage us to feel and appreciate their intricate contours and lines.

Kim Yeon

Kim YeonKim Yeon’s sculptures encourage moments of meditation and contemplation from the viewer. Representing streams and rivers captured in a state of stasis, tranquility and calm, the solidity of Yeon’s rocks and pebbles contrast with the soft, liquid appearance of the resin they are encased in. Shimmering in the light, the sculptures appear to float weightlessly above the floor, casting mysterious reflective shadows and illuminating the floor beneath. Kim Yeon lives and works in South Korea.

Cha Jongrye

Cha JongryeCha Jongrye focuses on the dialectical relationship between wood and land, material and nature on the surface of her sculptures. There is a sense of poise and connectedness within the allotted spaces of these forms. Each component of the whole is masterfully carved to create part of a larger modular work reminiscent of an elaborate puzzle or topographical contour map. The relationship between each convoluted shape offers a poetic and strangely surreal vision of space and energy giving a conceptual clarity, which properly situates her within the context of environmentalism.

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