Art Projects International

Art AsiaPacificMarch 1, 2004

“Marking: Drawings by Contemporary Artists from Korea” by Shinyoung Chung

The exhibition Marking: Drawings by Contemporary Artists from Korea is reviewed by Shinyoung Chung in the Spring 2004 issue of Art AsiaPacific.


Theresa Chong, based in New York, engages in inscribing patterns that are structured with graphic software and echoes the effects of Abstract Expressionist masters. A grown-up rendition of Connect-the-Dots, the myriad white dots and pencil marks against deep blue backgrounds suggest celestial bodies, but gradually the lines reveal movements of brushstrokes inspired by the New York School.

Having arrived in New York in the 1970s, Il Lee and Choong-Sup Lim are part of a pioneering generation of New York-educated Korean artists. Il Lee contributed a new ballpoint pen drawing to the show, taken from his recent project involving canvas rather than paper. Lim’s “canvas activity” as he calls it, addresses both two-dimensional and sculptural space, utilizing a semi-transparent screen stretched on a shaped support that results in interspatial mark making.

Myong Hi Kim’s drawings of oil pastel on blackboards evoke schoolroom nostalgia filled with imagery from her childhood. The work of her husband, Tchah-Sup Kim, involves geographical and geometrical renderings. In-Hyung Kim’s series of botanical drawings added color and vivacity to the gallery setting.

– Shinyoung Chung

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