“Abstract/Abstracted” Exhibition

Tenri Cultural Institute

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Tenri Cultural Institute presents a Group Exhibition Abstract/Abstracted: Manhee Kim, Kangok Cho, Jeesun Mo, Sungmi Kim, Miyoung Park, Dongmoon Zhang, Youngshin Ryu and Jung S Kim.

These eight contemporary artists explore the different types of abstractions through the use of various colors, media, and unique patterns as a means of expressing themselves without adding anything superfluous and without foregoing meaning. They focus on a liberal interpretation on a new way of looking at the spiritual world while adding meaning and responding to particular memories, times, places and life experiences in their works.

Manhee Kim’s work shows a tension between painterly mark-making and the color of his backgrounds and geometric forms. He has been investigating the relationship between multiple forms with vivid colors and aligned in a non-linear way with the soft color by creating abstract paintings. Kangok Cho represents an aesthetic of restrained form in her work while focusing on the expressive freedom of gesture by using the bright colors Abstract Expressionism, while revealing her inner world. Jeesun Mo manifests the smooth movement and sound of the air flow in her painting. She draws the rough sketch of the human body first and transfers it to video clip to capture the body’s dynamic motion. Her abstracted compositions include a fine combining of shapes and configurations. Sungmi Kim’s blue color expresses the meaning of freedom in abundance, and endows her works with meaning about existence, so that Kim can unravel her intentions for creating art. Miyoung Park depicts the uncontrollable power of her soul through a Tachist style having been influenced by Sam Francis. Park intended to express the echo of her own soul and to maximize the contrast between her works’ complicated parts and her economic use of space on canvas. Dongmoon Zhang depicts horses which may personify the artist by showing a horses’ strong and bulky appearance. The compositions of his works range from fantasy abstraction to narrative scenes which represent both a vibrant atmosphere and a sense of stillness. Youngshin Ryu imbues her art with the abstract sensibility of automatism. With vibrant compositions, dark color and cascading lines, her work affords the audience the opportunity to fall into the painting in an abstract yet hypnotic way. Jung S Kim shows remarkable letter art that he inscribes onto a mirror by scratching on its surface. In this way, shapes and forms reflected in the mirror can be seen as another work in itself.



from February 21, 2017 to February 27, 2017

Opening Reception on 2017-02-23 from 18:00 to 20:00

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