Crossing Collective presents “Landscapes Where You Live” with works from Jungwoo Hong, Zhang Jian, Kakyoung Lee and Zaun Lee.
Art Radar looks into each artist’s works and talks to the curator, Sunny Shin, to find out more about the concept of the show.
Crossing Collective introduces landscapes interpreted by Chinese and Korean artists from their oriental viewpoint through the exhibition “Landscape Where You Live”. The show expresses the physical and the metaphysical beauty of nature through diverse media, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, installation and photography.
In China and Korea, the traditional landscape painting reflects a nature-centric worldview. Landscape painting has its roots in China’s Han Dynasty of China and has since been influenced by the Taewo ideology. Traditional landscape painting has become a genre of art history beyond expressing the dimensions of time and space, and it is still regarded as important to this day. This exhibition acknowledges the vivid history of traditional landscape painting and seeks to see the future provided by the various and uniquely personal ways of landscape interpretation with a contemporary Eastern lens.
1. Jungwoo Hong (b. 1981, South Korea)
Jungwoo Hong is an abstract artist working in Seoul, South Korea. His paintings are the result of investigating human minds and its habits based on psychology and fine art. His paintings begin with scribbles and they emerge into the sketches and exploration to complete the artworks. Jungwoo Hong has participated in numerous exhibitions in Korea, Australia, Japan and China. He has awarded the 7th International Triennial of Graphic Art Bitola, the 16th Space International Print Biennial in Seoul, Korea, and the 2nd Guanlan International Print Biennial in Shenzhen, China.
2. Zhang Jian (b. 1966, Ninghai, China)
Zhang Jian is a Chinese ink painter who employs Chinese traditional materials and subjects to expand the Chinese perspective in Western discourse. In his early years, he learned calligraphy and landscape painting under prominent masters, including Gao Cihua, Zhao Zhiqian, Yang Xiangxuan, and Zhu Kaiyi in China. He then went on to study painting at the China Academy of Fine Arts, specialising in Qin Jian and cursive script.
He produces works that evoke new paradigms of landscape within familiar contexts from the conventional images. His work draws a reminiscent yet unfamiliar landscape. He uses the effects of enlarging the part of the landscape or simplifying the primitive landscape. According to Zhang, traditional Chinese ink painting is limited in terms of expression, but his work seeks to overcome that limit and reinterpret the perception of landscape, representing the future of a wider spectrum of ink painting practice. He has brightened the traditional landscape through his contemporary reinterpretation.
Since the 1980s, Zhang has shown his work in many prominent exhibitions across the world, including the Shanghai Art Fair, Yanhuang Art Museum, Sugarbox Gallery in Sweden, the Venice Biennale, and other shows around China, Canada, Austria and the United States.
3. Kakyoung Lee (b. 1975, South Korea)
Kakyoung Lee is a print and video artist working in Brooklyn, New York. For her video piece, she starts with the video footage captured from her personal performance or personal daily surroundings. Then she deconstructs and reconstructs hundreds of sequences to create expressive moving images. Her moving images and video installations present ordinary moments like waiting for the subway, driving or dancing alone. Each image is scratched and accumulated on the top of the previous layer on a single surface or a fragile plexiglass, and formulates the next image while the prior image stays behind. Through the overlapped layers of the non-historical daily images, she explores the hidden meaning of life and translates personal repetitive daily routine.
Lee has exhibited at several places internationally, including at the Drawing Center, New York; Hofstra University, Hempstead; Kunsthalle Bremen, DE; Mass MOCA, North Adams; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Banja Luka, Bosnia; Museum Folkwang, Essen, DE; Hamburger Kunsthalle, DE; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Oqbo, Berlin, DE; Queens Museum, New York; and Seoul Arts Center, Korea.
4. Zaun Lee (b. 1981, South Korea)
Zaun Lee is an interdisciplinary artist based in London and New York City. Lee was born in South Korea and has received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Alfred University in New York. She explores her vision through painting, printmaking, collage and installation.
In her practice, she explores the visual interactions between epistemology and linguistics. The basic structure of her visual approach is the grid, which is considered as a representation of logic. The process of her work reflects the intricate layers of human perception through layers of logic, belief and constructed elements to emphasise the inherent duality of logic and illogic behind the process of following the rules. She creates systematic rules in constructing her drawings, paintings and installations, and conveys the fragility of logical systems and urban systematic constructions. Her collages straddle the line between seeing and perceiving by pointing to notions of architecture, cityscape and topology.
Lee has also participated in various exhibitions including at the Church Center of the United Nations, New York; The Klapper Gallery at Queens College of New York; Soomdo Art Space, Seoul, Korea; and Lite-Haus Galerie, Berlin, Germany. Her works have been also featured in The New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail, Art Critical, and other publications.
Art Radar interviewed Sunny Shin, the curator of the show, to gather further insights into the show and the conceptual drive behind the exhibition. She explains:
Crossing Art gallery is located in the heart of Chelsea, so it is the most effective way to expose more Asian artists works in USA. The owner of the gallery Catherine Lee and myself discuss about artists who has Asian style or theory with Western to show them in USA. We picked the artists who have very high-quality skill and talk about landscapes. As you know, the space is very important for art exhibitions. Our space is special because it is not a rectangular white box. We have three rooms each other connected, so we decide four artist show would be ideal for this summer. I know all Korean artists for a long time and Catherine knows Zhang Jian, so it was nothing special drama to find artists. Galleries always research artists and have a database about artists, so we can pull out when we need to curate shows. I hope Art Radar readers can enjoy different artworks by various artists. If they can see the work in person, people can enjoy high-quality of finishing and sensory display in the space.
Soo Jeong Kang
“Landscapes Where You Live” is on view from 12 July to 25 August 2018 at Crossing Collective, 559 West 23 rd Street, New York, NY 10011.
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