Jong Myung Hwang “Vanitas”

Tenri Cultural Institute

poster for Jong Myung Hwang “Vanitas”
[Image: Vanitas - Marriage (2017) Oil on canvas, 29x36in each (triptych)]

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Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street New York City presents Vanitas: Jong Myung Hwang.

The exhibition title Vanitas, refers to a category of artworks associated with still life painting of 16th and 17th centuries in Flanders and the Netherlands.Vanitas in Latin as a noun means “emptiness,” and Vanitas painting refers to material life associated withall physicalaspects and pursuitsusually and containing rotting fruit or skullsas subject matter. Jong Myung Hwang expresses the meaninglessness and emptiness of modern society’s vanity in which people clothe their inner loneliness, and fear of death with external splendor.

Hwang primarily uses the concept of death as skull contrasting it with living things such as plants or flowersor with other live illusionistically portrayed objects. Hwang also depictspessimistic portraits of contemporary humans inbrilliant color, reminding us of the man-made electric lightssurrounding us. His use of contrasting dark and vivid colors is vigorous enough to make the viewer feel animated which is contrary to the theme of death. His works questionthe idea of death, the meaninglessness of earthly possessions and pursuits, as well as modern life.

Jong Myung Hwang was born in Seoul, Korea. He received both his BFA and MFA degrees from the Ecole National Superieur de Beaux-Art de Dijon in France. In the past twenty years He has been exhibiting his works, in South Korea, France and the United States.



from May 16, 2017 to May 30, 2017

Opening Reception on 2017-05-18 from 18:00 to 20:00

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