Galerie Maria Lund - Booth B111
Lee Jin Woo
Time and human life are written in the landscape, they make their imprint on it, leave traces that the landscape absorbs little by little.
The Korean landscape is tinged with a dramatic history: occupation, war, and the division of the peninsula into two Koreas. Confronting this reality, soothing, reconciling, and dealing with others who are different are topics addressed by the three artists presented:
Lee Jin Woo creates relief-paintings made of dozens of strata (Korean Hanji paper, coal, pigments or Indian ink) whose surface is reworked to make tracks, open and reveal. Tools for meditation, these landscapes extend space-time. The eye penetrates ever more deeply; comfort and calmness settle in.
In a figurative language where abstraction subtly slips in, Ming Jung-Yeon shows the struggle and the interweaving of different forces and natural elements (geology, organic and architectural elements or living specimens). Notions of weaving and cohabitation are at the heart of her recent work and materialize in the meeting of nature and civilization, between the smoothness of paint drippings and the mastered rigor of drawing.
Shoi’s universe reveals an intimate world, created with a mix of naturalistic precision and innocence.
Her new sculptures are dense shapes, accumulations of real stones and ceramic stones she created. The two types of “stones” are partly made of the same matter; they have a common root, a common origin. From their juxtaposition, a metaphor emerges: Shoi raises the question of the two Koreas and their possible reconciliation - with the hope and tension that comes along with it.