Feb 19, 2016 – March 26, 2016
Slosberg Music Center, Brandeis University
This unique exhibition offers the essential elements of both traditional and new expressions of Korean art. While some works express an appreciation of the power of nature that draws from the past, others display a variety of philosophical inspirations and creative processes that cross boundaries of time and place, yet continue to pay homage to the long and rich heritage of Korean visual art.
Throughout the exhibition, each new work unfolds out of the roots of a deep tradition. One can identify characteristic elements of the past through techniques such as rhythmic brushstrokes and a subtle use of color. The outgrowth of this lineage results in modern pieces that are discreet and powerful, rustic and refined. The show exemplifies a tremendous range of artistic expression : from boundless joy to han – the uniquely Korean cry of fully-felt sorrow.
A similar balance of these complementary qualities is also found in Gugak, Korean traditional music. The elegance and balance of classical music of the court contrasts with the deeply expressive folk music; together these form a lasting foundation from which contemporary expressions continue to flower.
Joo Lee Kang, Wonjae Cha, Ji Hwang, Namhi Kim, Heejung Kim, Kyung Ja Lee, Jaeok Lee, Ji In Lee, Yong Kyun Lee, Youngsook Lee, Seoung-Sook Nah, Nancy Selvage, Park, Hang-ryul Park, Unju Sim, On Kyeong Seong, Young Kim Shin, Young Shin, Chang Woo Yoon, Soo Rye Yoo