FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Unsung Lyrics for the Song of Life
Kim Byung Jong
June 22, 2006 - July 8, 2006
Artist’s Reception: June 22nd, 6:30 8:30 pm
3850 Wilshire Blvd #107, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Director, Sarah Park
Web site, http://www.andrewshiregallery.com
Hours, Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 6pm
Kim Byung Jong, “Song of Life”,2006, color, Korean ink on paper, 13 x 21 inches.
AndrewShire Gallery is proud to present Unsung Lyrics for the Song of Life, a solo exhibition of recent prints and other works on paper by Kim Byung Jong, whose child-like images reflect the pictorial, if not humorous, tradition of Korean folk painting known as Minghwa. Kim is devoted to finding a new order of painting within this tradition.
The exhibition will consist of 5 prints and 25 works on paper that show larger-than-life moments using imagery and symbols familiar in the Korean art style of Minghwa which flourished during the Chosun period in the 1700s. Kim’s work provides recognizable characters like a brightly painted cherry blossom, a vibrant tree or a blue sky painted in an orbital circle; each is intentionally centered on the paper and scaled out of proportion next to smaller detailed figures of pine trees, newly married couples, roosters or cranes. Kim strives for the balanced relationships found in nature. So, figures, while representing the folkloric ideas of luck, happiness, longevity, good fortune, integrity and chastity, also reflect harmonious relationships amongst seemingly incongruous beings or things in the world. It is Kim’s pantheistic approach towards nature and universe that gives us, in an otherwise world disorder, balanced opposition and coexistence of all things living. Furthermore, through his work, we are able to see how art and life illuminate each other.
Kim Byung Jong is one of the most prominent painters in Korea. His works are included in the collections of renowned art museums, including the Seoul Museum of Contemporary Art and the British Museum. He has served as dean of the College of Fine Arts, Seoul National University and is an author to numerous books. Currently, Kim is a professor at the College of Fine Arts, Seoul National University.