Contemporary Korean Fiber Art: Reinterpreting the Korean Patchwork

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Self Container #4, 2004 Hemp, Fiber Reactive Dye, Gold Spray Paint, Synthetic Thread, Stainless Steel Rod © courtesy of the Artist and Asian Art Museum
Contemporary Korean Fiber Art: Reinterpreting the Korean Patchwork

200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
March 18th, 2008 - November 24th, 2008

Union Square/Civic Center
Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun 10-5; Thu (Jan-Oct) 10-9; Thu (Nov-Dec) 10-5; closed Mon


Fiber art has its origins in the making of practical items such as clothing, bedding, wrapping cloths, sitting mats, and other household articles using such organic materials as textile, paper, or wood. According to tradition, functionality had to be paired with ornamentation.

Like others in the field of contemporary Korean fiber art, the six artists — Kim Jeeun, Kwon Hyuk, Lee Chunghie, Oh Soonhee, Youn Soonran, and Yang Sang-hoon — whose works are displayed have transformed into modern expressions the materials and techniques used in traditional Korean crafts. They have combined materials such as hemp fiber, ramie, silk, and mulberry paper with synthetic fabrics, stainless steel, and spray paint. These artists employ knotting (maedeup), papermaking, the patchwork technique (jogakpo) of wrapping cloths, and other traditional methods along with their own innovative means.

These inspired works have been graciously lent by the artists and transported from the Republic of Korea with generous funding from the Korea Foundation.


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