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We can refer to an artistic attitude which seeks depth and i s not content with superficial depictions of the object-whether naturalism or abstractionism as &lsquo\;contemplative art. We&rsquo\;d like to explore this aspect in Daegu art today from its character\, summarizing this as th e spirit of &lsquo\;tradition\, &lsquo\;openness\, \; &lsquo\;authentic ity\, and &lsquo\;pursuit of reality.&rdquo\;

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Curated by KIM Youngd ong


SON Kyuho

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Artist Son Kyu Ho once worked in sculpture and installation with the theme of nature&rsquo\;s life force whi ch he found in the ecology of plants. Son used to be obsessed with work add ressing introspection of historical facts and daily life. As in motifs such as fresh sprouts and barbed wire fences that are a projection of anti-life reality or a symbolization of historical contradiction\, he presents remar kable individuality both with modeling quality of forms and their connotati on. The forms with multiple meanings remain balanced in pursuit of modeling beauty\, hinting at some messages. Son uses a wide range of materials and objects\, conspicuously applying them to the themes he sets. He places part icular importance on tension derived from the material&rsquo\;s character\, visual form\, and composition\, maintaining an attitude anchored to sculpt ural thinking\, closely relating form and material to theme.

L yu Jaeha

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Artist Lyu Jae Ha majored in painting in college\, but his accomplishments stand out more in his work after graduation\, in the field s of sculpture and video. In his early days Lyu did installations of new co ncepts breaking down pre-existing genres through a conflation of objects wi th digital video images. The artist executes more dynamic audiovisual three -dimensional work through the coalescence of video images and sound. He rec ently drew lots of attention with the Video Faç\;ade projected onto t he Deoksugung Junghwajeon in the &ldquo\;video mapping&rdquo\; technique. L yu has continued experimenting with the same technique while diversifying m ediums and spaces. He has pursued a fusion and exchange of genres such as o bject installation\, digital video and music in collaboration with other ar tists.
PARK Hyebong

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Park Hye Bong&rsquo\;s sculpture places e mphasis on representing &ldquo\;human characters in the city devastated by contradiction and absurdity\,&rdquo\; addressing humans confined to the exi stential situation of modern times. He recently draws attention with works projecting human looks onto worn-out\, weathered natural stones. Park is pa rticularly interested in urbanites in his figure studies since he feels sym pathy to the existential situation they undergo. He is attached to expressi ng &ldquo\;those living a life\, going through all kinds of hardships and e nduring pain.&rdquo\; Feeling strong human love for them\, the artist would like to gain unrestricted expressions without being confined to any mode o r form.

KIM Seongsoo

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Kim Seong Soo&rsquo\;s wooden scu lpture originates from puppets. Due to illness as a child and the resulting hardships\, he was artistically inspired by wooden marionettes. The sorrow ful\, beautiful puppets suspended on a funeral bier have become the subject s for which he realizes his dream and communicates with others. Kim has est ablished his own distinctive\, formative language through the technique of carving humble\, rough wooden dolls\, evolving it with a contemporary sense . Moreover\, he has realized the value of ordinary people&rsquo\;s emotion dwelling in traditional arts. Kim displays his understanding of and affecti on for diverse human types and their lives through wooden puppets in varieg ated colors and with diverse looks. He generates more abundant narratives b y hanging them or giving them movements\, applying contemporary\, sculptura l techniques. He enjoys amusement with the objects\, recollecting their dre am and fantasy.

YOO Myungsoo

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For artist Yoo Myung Soo\ , art is &ldquo\;an exploration of the beautiful.&rdquo\; He believes art s hould &ldquo\;encapsulate meaning beyond even the beauty of a flower in blo om.&rdquo\; The artist is particularly attached to landscape painting since he feels a sense of crisis concerning the natural environment in the rural area. Yoo fears it may be severely destroyed by development\, and he feels regretful about the area&rsquo\;s reality. As the beauty of nature is sens ed unintentionally\, his works enable viewers to relish nature itself witho ut forcing any meaning. The salient features of his landscape painting plac e an emphasis on the natural sense--avoiding adornment and overstatement--a nd on the marks of persistent attempts to meet the truth of objects. Althou gh everyone can find the places he depicts with ease\, Yoo creates his own distinctive landscapes by underlining his firsthand experience.

CHOI Sunggyu

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Choi Sung Gyu&rsquo\;s scenes are full of chaotic im ages and document traces which are very different from the value modernist painting pursues. The artist conveys ambiguous narratives adapted in the mi ddle of imagination and reality in expressionist\, rough brushwork. His pai nting appears candid as if reflecting emotional incongruity and inner horro r. Alluding that we have to put emphasis on only the act of painting rather than some value of painting\, Choi admits his images appear as desired. Th rough his painting he always tries to face &ldquo\;aporia\,&rdquo\; rejecti ng meaning while also looking for meaning. The narratives his work conveys always fail in terms of communication but are of significance because they are &ldquo\;resistant&rdquo\; against the established and &ldquo\;struggle with horror and fear.&rdquo\;
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MUN Sangjik

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Artis t Mun Sang Jik unfolds lucid\, mental landscapes tinged with bucolic lyrici sm in naturalist\, pictorial idioms. Mun gently depicts peaceful scenes in oil painting such as a flock of sheep\, exuding a pacific\, fantastic atmos phere. After diverse variations of objects for an ideal composition\, his l andscapes now become imaginary images. Poet Lee Tae-su said while contempla ting Mun&rsquo\;s &ldquo\;mental\, imagery-like\, figurative painting&rdquo \; that one feels he is in the landscape itself\, bedrenching his heart in &ldquo\;a magnetic field&rdquo\; that makes even his feet feel like they ar e floating in the sky. His world imbued with fine lyricism is filled with g entle curves and flexible\, warm hues--instead of acute\, geometric angles- -proceeding toward an innocent\, lucid world. Even &ldquo\;cool spiritualis m&rdquo\; is sensed in his simple yet consistent pursuit.

KIM Heesoo

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Artist Kim Hee Soo works on figurative painting with a narra tive which addresses the theme of humans. Defining it as &ldquo\;something like a shadow in reality\,&rdquo\; Kim&rsquo\;s work adopts profound metaph orical expression rather than directly reflecting a real story. His paintin g seems to be the space of illusion created through his insight into the re al world and his imagination. Kim has a special talent for charcoal drawing . His impromptu\, actual practice is also distinctive in that his brush str okes are made by applying watercolor. Kim&rsquo\;s world is &ldquo\;like th e shadow of a shadow&rdquo\; as a result of condensing and distilling numer ous thoughts on reality. It is an imaginary space constructed with his pecu liar eye and form but feels more vivid and real.
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JUNG T aekyung

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Artist Jung Tae Kyung shows restrained expressionism\, port raying primary subject matter such as flowers\, plants\, and human bodies b y swiftly applying plain colors with broad brushes. Line delineations that look like brush strokes in ink painting are impressive. Intense color rendi tions are also conspicuous as if implying he was once immersed in color abs traction. Jung depicts objects with unreserved hands\, demonstrating refine d senses and dynamic images. Recent works are illustrated with oil sticks i nstead of brushes. Reviews proclaim that by adding moderate brushwork to th e traces left by rubbing and erasing\, they look like lyric poems with rich pictorial qualities. His poetic titles like I go to hometown are symbolic of the ultimate goal his art seeks.

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CHUNG Miok

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Works by Mio k Chung are geometrical abstract paintings composed of regular lines and co lors. Like the effect aroused when applying paints in gradation\, gradation al change of light\, shade\, and color provoke a fantastic resonance. It is characterized by the visuality of optical art and the simplicity\, repeata bility and lucidity of minimal art. The gradational color spectrum brings f orth the synesthetic senses of the visual while simultaneously producing au ral musical melodies. The artist attempts to create new work by applying th e experience she has in making prints to the canvas. The objective and rigi d features remind viewers of the mechanical technique of printmaking. Chung amazingly showcases her ability to present the planned proportion of color and form as a simple &ldquo\;game of light and color&rdquo\; without revea ling her strenuous patience. We are able to feel joy in her work that we co uld not experience in subjective\, expressionist painting.

SON G Kwangik

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Artist Song Kwang Ik&rsquo\;s encounter with &ldquo\;hanj i\,&rdquo\; or traditional Korean paper\, was a turning point from his prev ious expressionist painting to his present constructive\, object work. Song creates ribbings vertically and/or horizontally\, and then puts thin paper pieces on them at a certain height\, filling his scene with tiny compartme nts. As the compartments are in a continuation of homogeneous forms\, they can be extended horizontally and vertically in diversity and variability. M oreover\, sensuous diversity can be lent to them by dying or coloring the p aper pieces. His work demands lots of time and labor\, and it is said that the artist feels a sense of unity\, breathing with his material&rsquo\;s ph ysical property. The forms constructed through an accumulation of simple\, repetitive actions bring about emotional agitation\, going beyond visual\, tactile stimulus.

RO Jungki

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As one of the generation a rtists of Daegu&rsquo\;s experimental\, contemporary art movement\, artist Ro Jung Ki began his career with pure abstract work. Around the 1990s\, how ever\, he converted to a remarkably post-modernist tendency. Ro protests th at art cannot be separated from cultural situations or social reality\, and he reflects this in his work. Ro pursued figuration and abstraction simult aneously in the technique of collaging narrative photographs. Recently\, Ro puts stress on naturally depicted forms with freewheeling\, playful drawin g. His style--which reveals abstract expressionist color and images associa ted with dreams\, the unconsciousness\, and desire--is close to neo-express ionist painting. While exploring diverse trends of contemporary art in acco rdance with a change in the spirit of the times\, he does not lose intense expressiveness or an experimental spirit.

DTEND:20131013 DTSTAMP:20140418T023347 DTSTART:20130526 GEO:0.0;0.0 LOCATION:Daegu Art Museum\,40 Misoolgwan-ro\, Suseong-gu \n Daegu\, SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Contemplative Colors \, KIM Heesoo\, PARK Hyebong\, Lyu Jaeha\, RO Jungki\, SONG Kwangik\, SON Kyuho\, CHUNG Miok\, YOO Myungsoo\, MUN Sangjik \, KIM Seongsoo\, CHOI Sunggyu\, JUNG Taekyung UID:287250 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR