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Marking: Drawings by Contemporary Artists from Korea

Beom Kim, Rabbit, 1997, thread on canvas, 13 x 13 inches (33 x 33 cm)

Theresa Chong, Beom Kim, In-Hyung Kim, Myong Hi Kim, Tchah-Sup Kim, Il Lee, Choong-Sup Lim, Jyung Mee Park

The Korea Society is pleased to announce Marking: Drawings by Contemporary Artists from Korea organized by Art Projects International and held during Asian Contemporary Art Week. The exhibition features drawings by contemporary Korean artists whose approaches to drawing are as diverse as their backgrounds. The uniqueness of the artists’ works as drawing both mirrors and is a major contribution to practices of contemporary drawing. Choong-Sup Lim refers to his subtle, shaped wall-piece as a “canvas activity,” and, as well as first acknowledging the completely different media utilized, viewers will easily see a relationship to Theresa Chong’s work on paper which utilizes both hand-rendered marks and computer assisted image generation. The artists of Marking: Drawings by Contemporary Artists from Korea share heritage but in the community of international artists they have established themselves through their individual and unique contributions to world culture.

Theresa Chong
Theresa Chong’s recent work begins in Photoshop, and the forms developed there are then enhanced and translated by hand onto Japanese handmade paper. Chong was born in Seoul, Korea in 1965. She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY in 1991 and her BFA from Boston University in Boston, MA in 1989. She also studied the Cello at Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH. She lives and works in New York.

Beom Kim
In his investigation of the limits of media and spatial representation of painting Beom Kim often uses humorous characterization of the every day as a tool. Kim was born in Seoul, Korea in 1963. He received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY in 1991 as well as receiving an MFA from Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea in 1988 and receiving a BFA from Seoul National University in 1986. He frequently shows in New York City and in 1994 won the design award for the Seoul 600 Years Memorial Time Capsule Square Design. Kim lives and works in Seoul, Korea.

In-Hyung Kim
In-Hyung Kim has called Paris home for decades and shown her work throughout the world. Her interest in hue, line and form as well as atmospheric imagery animated by figuration have led the artist through varied series of paintings. Kim was educated at L’Academie Grande Chaumiere Charpentier, L’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts, and L’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris and has exhibited her paintings and sculptures in Europe and Asia. In 1994, API brought the work of In-Hyung Kim to New York City for her first exhibition in the United States.

Myong Hi Kim
Myong Hi Kim’s recent work uses the concept of the earthwork as a starting point for her drawing. She was born in Seoul in 1949. She graduated from the College of Art at Seoul National University and went on to complete her graduate studies there. Then she attended Pratt Institute in New York for further studies. Since her first solo exhibition at Goethe Institute in Seoul, she has had five solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions. Currently she works in an abandoned schoolhouse in Naepyungli, a tiny mountain village near the city of Chunchun in Kangwon Province, South Korea.

Tchah-Sup Kim
Tchah-Sup Kim recent work appropriates Renaissance styles to explore topics ranging from the politics of geographical representation to relationship of the number pi to daily life. He was born in Korea in 1940. He graduate in 1963 with a BFA in Fine Arts from Seoul National University and received his MFA from Pratt Institute, New York City in 1976. Kim lives and works both in New York and South Korea.

Il Lee
Il Lee draws with ballpoint pens, creating abstract forms through hours of mark making with these inexpensive tools that are modified to adjust ink flow. He received an MFA from Pratt Institute, NY in 1981 and a BFA from Hong-Ik University, Seoul, Korea in 1976. His works have been shown widely in galleries and museums throughout Korea and the United States.

Choong-Sup Lim
Choong-Sup Lim creates installations and wall works that investigate form and material. He was born in 1941 in Jincheon, Korea. He received a BFA from Seoul National University, Fine Arts College, Seoul, Korea. In 1987 he received an MFA from New York University. His work is widely exhibited worldwide and is held in numerous collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Hirshhorn Museum: The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.

Jyung Mee Park
Jyung Mee Park is well known for her elaborate paper sculpture that are made with the help of members of the community in which the works are shown. She was born in Seoul, Korea in 1963. Park received her bachelor’s degree from Parsons School of Design in New York City in 1986 and a master’s degree from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence in 1989. Park lives and works in the Washington, DC area.

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