Monday, 17 August 2015

Kwang Young Chun - Aggregations - Dovecot Gallery, Edinburgh

Kwang Young Chun - Aggregation 06 - JN028

This is Kwang Young Chun's first solo exhibition in Scotland and is at the Dovecot Gallery (which is a great place to visit!).  He is a Korean artist who unites American Abstract Expressionism with traditional Korean practices.  His "Aggregations" are made up from variously sized polystyrene triangular forms wrapped in mulberry paper, taken from old Korean textbooks, that has been dyed and tied up with handmade mulberry paper string.  The packaging, with it's Korean text and form reminiscent of the Chinese medicine packages Kwang Young Chun remembers from childhood, adds a strong Korean cultural element and 3D quality to the colours and shapes of the Abstract Expressionist compositions.

Kwang Young Chun - Aggregation 14 - JA003
Kwang Young Chun - Aggregation 14 - JA003 - Detail

The colours are fantastic and the works are fascinating and large scale.  This is really an exhibition you have to go and see.

Kwang Young Chun - Aggregation 14 - NV058 (Dream21)
Kwang Young Chun - Aggregation 14 - NV058 (Dream21) - detail
Kwang Young Chun - Aggregation 14 - JA014 (Dream 4)
Kwang Young Chun - Aggregation 14 - JA014 (Dream 4) - edge detail
Kwang Young Chun - Aggregation 13 - MA004
Kwang Young Chun - Aggregation 14 - JA002
Kwang Young Chun - Aggregation 13 - NV045 RED

Part of the Edinburgh Art Festival, this is not an exhibition to be missed!

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