Kang Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new paintings by Sung Hee Cho (b.1949), who lives and works in Seoul and New York. The exhibition will be on view from April 27 through May 18.
Cho is a visionary artist, who captures the essence of her identity through her art-making process utilizing paint and Korean paper, or hanji in Korean. The artist successfully combines traditional Korean sensibility with her unique visual imagery and narratives from her own life. She explores and examines the complex relationships between color, texture, and nuance through her labor-intensive, time-consuming process.
Cho's work shares the tradition of modernism searching for Korean identity, harking back to Korea's Monochrome Art Movement, which lasted from the late 1960s through the 1980s and was the first modern art movement in Korea that received institutional support unmitigated by a foreign or colonial power. Monochrome Art was best exemplified by the output of artists like Seo-bo Park (b.1931) and Young Woo Kwon (b.1926). Cho takes the Korean literati tradition of painting, and searches for self-cultivation and spirituality through her expression of beauty in nature, while carrying forward the spirit of Korea's Monochrome Art.
"Often Ms. Cho's paintings appear as a monochrome surface, a single uniform color, such as bright red or subtle gray or pure white. Pure white is also a color from the East Asian point of view. In fact, white is the processed color of hanji paper, originally made from the ground leaves of Mulberry trees. In constructing the surface of her paintings, the artist uses a collage method in which each circle is hand-cut or gently torn, then layered with oil pigments and placed one atop another." (R. Morgan, The Search for Emptiness: Paintings by Cho, Sunghee, Exhibition Catalogue, New York, April 2013)
Cho Sung Hee's work has been exhibited and collected in various prestigious private and public institutions including Museum of Contemporary Art (Seoul), Sejong Art Center (Seoul), Telentine Art Center (Chicago), L.A. Korea Cultural Service (LA), New York Cultural Service (NY), Mutual Saving and Finance Company (Seoul), and by Domino Foods, Inc (NY).