'Paper, Ink and Fire: After the Process' at Gallery Hyundai, Seoul

Gallery Hyundai, Seoul is presenting a solo exhibition by Minjung Kim. This solo exhibition at Gallery Hyundai which is also an inaugural show with Minjung Kim, displays approximately thirty works by the artist which also includes: Pieno di Vuoto(Full of emptiness) (2008) in which the artist reveals the cyclical relationship between filling and emptying through the layers of colorful Hanji paper. The paper is then burnt in holes that are covered by bigger holes. The exhibition is also exhibiting the Story and The Street series by the artist. The recent works from Kim’s ongoing series “Phasing” combine the ink strokes, complex paper layering and burning that maps the ink tasks revealed through the previous layer of paper. The calligraphic gesture appears only on the first sheet of paper but the next overlaid layer of paper shows burning that match the ink marking. The superimposition of the two layers reveals the work of the hand and the nature of the paper. His way of making also provides a continual chronological cycle between the materials and technique, for eg- the paper comes from the tree which supplies the burnt wood for the making of the black ink.Minjung Kim (b. 1962 in Gwangju, Korea) has studied bachelor and master of art at Hongik University in Seoul. By using black ink to draw lines and to create spontaneous strokes which Kim repeatedly pastes on the layers of Hanji paper which she delicately burns with incense sticks and candles, Minjung has been exploring the artistic movements of the East and West. The use of Hanji and fire as a medium and the repetition of the handwork have provided extra depth to her work with a formal richness and unsuspected poetic variations. For almost thirty years, Kim has been developing a body of creative works that employ Hanji, the Korean mulberry paper, and ink, as well as fire.The exhibition is on view through October 8, 2017 at Gallery Hyundai, 4 Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, 10-190 Korea.For details, visit: on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.

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