Layers & Layers: Jung Hur
10/5/2017 – 2/28/2018
Korean Consulate Gallery, 300 Washington St. Newton, MA
Korean Culture Society in Boston is pleased to present the paintings of Maine-based Korean artist Jung Hur. The exhibition, titled “Layers & Layers” will feature five works by Hur.
Hur’s abstraction features groups of antique-key and keyhole symbols, stylized by the artist. They form layered groups and clusters. “The complementary pair of a keyhole and key shapes are similar to the yin-yang symbol in some ways, but they push beyond a binary logic into ideas of various perspective. The key turns like yin-yang, but a system is a machine that can open into another place, or act like a lens in case of art. The keyhole marks layers between the viewer and space into which he is looking.”
To emphasize multiple perspectives, Hur includes many of the symbols – sometimes hundreds – often giving each one of the forms an individualized shadow with a direction independent of the others. Hur works in many layers and we can see this in the loose layers of painting under the forms, but this is clearest and most powerful when Hur paints a complete layer over the livelier, more painterly layers, leaving only holes in the shapes of his key or keyhole forms through which we see multiple layers of the painting.
Hur received his BA and MFA from Hongik University in Seoul. Hur moved to New York City in 1998, and then to Maine in 2008. Hur’s recent exhibitions include “In this Realm” at the Maine College of Art’s Institute of Contemporary Art, “Change” at the University of Maine at Farmington, and “Shift” at the Owen Gallery at Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine.