KOREAN & JAPANESE WORKS ON PAPER
5 SEP, 2003
Paper serves as the support for all of the works in the exhibition, yet the eleven Korean and Japanese painters and printmakers produce works as varied in imagery as they are in techniques the artists employ.Korean-born painter Young June Lew, noted for her large canvases of robes in thickly-applied paint, also works in a more modest scale on paper. Her exuberant abstractions completely cover the paper in gestural marks of boldly contrasting acrylic colors and translucent resin.Another Korean artist, Jeong Ho Park, restricts his mezzotints to a monochromatic palette, resulting in subject matter which seems to cast a glow of reflection, as if lit by the moons which are often visible in the upper regions of his compositions; a reflection twice removed from its original source. These objects appear as one might see them only at night: silent, tender and diffused. Mezzotint is also Katsunori Hamanishi's medium. This Japanese master printer depicts the separation and harmonious synthesis of seemingly unlike elements such as branches or grain stalks juxtaposed with fields of color. In his Division Works series, we find rice growing along the contours of color fields, like the patchwork of land seen from a mountaintop. Tetsuya Noda, another printmaker from Japan, derives his technique from that country's illustrious woodblock heritage, though the artist updates the medium by incorporating modern screen printing techniques. The results are images of delicate subtlety resonant with spiritual depth. Rather than reach for the profound in esoteric subjects, however, Noda is firmly rooted in the everyday. He marks the passage of his life in diary form through his artwork, translating images of his studio and home life into revealing visions of the sublime within commonplace. Other artists included are Soon Shil Baik, Masao Idoh, Wonsook Kim, Shigeki Kuroda, Kwang Jean Park, Yooah Park and Ryohei Tanaka.