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Suki Seokyeong Kang: Jeong 井

Installation View of Jeong 井 by Suki Seokyeong Kang. Image by Jeremy Haik.

Suki Seokyeong Kang: Jeong 井

Installation View of Jeong 井 by Suki Seokyeong Kang. Image by Jeremy Haik.

Suki Seokyeong Kang: Jeong 井

Installation View of Jeong 井 by Suki Seokyeong Kang. Image by Jeremy Haik.

Suki Seokyeong Kang: Jeong 井

Installation View of Jeong 井 by Suki Seokyeong Kang. Image by Jeremy Haik.

Suki Seokyeong Kang: Jeong 井

Installation View of Jeong 井 by Suki Seokyeong Kang. Image by Jeremy Haik.

Suki Seokyeong Kang: Jeong 井

Installation View of Jeong 井 by Suki Seokyeong Kang. Image by Jeremy Haik.

Suki Seokyeong Kang: Jeong 井

Installation View of Jeong 井 by Suki Seokyeong Kang. Image by Jeremy Haik.

Suki Seokyeong Kang: Jeong 井

Installation View of Jeong 井 by Suki Seokyeong Kang. Image by Jeremy Haik.

Press Release

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | 6 pm – 8 pm

Tina Kim Gallery is pleased to present Jeong 井, a solo exhibition of works by Seoul-based artist Suki Seokyeong Kang. On view from 28 February - 7 April 2018, the exhibition features installations, sculptures and video works that reflect Kang’s study of the traditional Korean musical notation system Jeongganbo (井間譜).

First invented during the Joseon Dynasty (1392 until 1910), Jeongganbo is a method used to notate the pitch and length of time of notes within traditional orchestral music. The notation system is distinctive from the Western method of using staffed paper; in Jeongganbo each note occupies a small square, organized sequentially to connote time. Kang has chosen to use the Chinese character (井) in her title because of its resemblance to this grid system. Kang (b. 1977) has adopted this traditional grid as a foundation of her practice, using it to explore how we form social spaces.
 
In Jeong 井, Kang presents a series of modules that are a visual translation of Jeongganbo. Using the logic of the grid allows the artist to incorporate other elements including painting, mixed media and found materials and narratives from traditional Korean lyrics. Kang’s practice is organized around this complex and layered research, and her distinctive translation process is used to transform the notational system of traditional music into a spatial choreography. For the artist, each individual square symbolizes the rich tonality and movement of the viewer, all the while maintaining the restraint that defines Jeongganbo. When combined, her modules become a visual system that seeks balance, allowing for the coexistence of each individual square in a greater installation that frames the relationship between artwork and viewer.

Using the architecture of the gallery, Kang has transformed the three spaces to mirror a sequence of Jeongganbo squares. The exhibition comprises numerous mixed media sculptures, including Jeong and Pause and Position – Jeong, as well as the 26-minute video Black Under Colored Moon, which shows actors moving Jeong sculptures and arranging them in an ongoing series of notational arrangements. 

Kang has written that, “It is through this structure of logic that I explore the contradictions and conflicts each individual faces in society, and build a structure of condensed harmony. Appropriating this past way of coexistence, I wish to portray the anxiety of the present while also nurturing a hope for the future.”

ABOUT SUKI SEOKYEONG KANG

Suki Seokyeong Kang (b. 1977, Seoul, Korea) uses various media including painting, installation, and video to seek a synesthetic expansion of painting methodology. Her practice is situated between the abstract and the figurative, the organic and the geometric. She is interested in creating a visual language of balance and harmony, through which she portrays the structure and order of various social conditions.

Kang studied Oriental Painting at Ewha Womans University, Seoul, and Painting at the Royal College of Art, London. She now lives and works in Seoul. Recent exhibitions include The 8th Climate, Gwangju Biennale (2016); As the Moon waxes and wanes, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon (2016); Group Mobile, Villa Vassilieff, Paris (2016); Foot and Moon, Audio Visual Pavilion, Seoul (2015) and Grandmother Tower, Old House, Seoul (2013). 

This April, Kang will participate in her first US museum presentation at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. 

ABOUT TINA KIM GALLERY

Founded in New York in 2001 and located in Chelsea, Tina Kim Gallery is celebrated for its unique programming that emphasizes international contemporary artists, historical overviews, and independently curated shows. Tina Kim Gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM.

PRESS INQUIRIES

Gloria Cardona | Tina Kim Gallery
gloria@tinakimgallery.com | +1 212-716-1100

Thomas Dewey Davis | SUTTON
thomas@suttonpr.com | +1 212-202-3402

Suki Seokyeong Kang (b.1977),  Moras on the Black Mat, 2014-2018,  Hanji paper mounted on canvas,  ink, gouache, painted steel,  plastic wheel, steel bolt,  Dimensions variable, Sculpture, Suki Seokyeong Kang: Jeong 井 at Tina Kim Gallery

Suki Seokyeong Kang (b.1977)

Moras on the Black Mat, 2014-2018

Hanji paper mounted on canvas,

ink, gouache, painted steel,

plastic wheel, steel bolt

Dimensions variable

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Suki Seokyeong Kang: Jeong 井

Suki Seokyeong Kang (b.1977)

Jeong - Head, Painted steel, wood frame, brass bolts, leather scraps

2016-2018

32.5 x 24 x 32 inches

82.6 x 61 x 81.3 cm

Dimension variable

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Suki Seokyeong Kang: Jeong 井

Suki Seokyeong Kang (b.1977)

Circled Stairs, 2016-2018

Painted steel, wood wheel, thread

7.87 x 9.84 x 35.43 inches

20 x 25 x 90 cm

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Suki Seokyeong Kang: Jeong 井

Suki Seokyeong Kang (b.1977)

Jeong - Head, 2016-2018

Painted steel, wood frame, brass bolts, leather scraps

30.5 x 24 x 32 inches

77.5 x 61 x 81.3 cm

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Suki Seokyeong Kang: Jeong 井

Suki Seokyeong Kang (b.1977)

Pause and Position - Jeong, 2012-2018

Painted steel, thread, wood, table

Dimensions variable

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Suki Seokyeong Kang: Jeong 井

Suki Seokyeong Kang (b.1977)

Black Under Colored Moon, 2015

FHD color video with sound

Dimensions variable; 26 mins

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Suki Seokyeong Kang: Jeong 井

Suki Seokyeong Kang (b.1977)

Jeong, 2016-2018

Painted steel, wood frame, brass bolts, leather scraps

80.5 x 24.5 x 32 inches

204.5 x 62.2 x 81.3 cm

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Suki Seokyeong Kang: Jeong 井

Suki Seokyeong Kang (b.1977)

Warm Round, 2018

Painted Steel, thread

12.6 x 11.02 inches

32 x 28 cm

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Suki Seokyeong Kang

Born 1977
Lives and works in Seoul

 

Education

2012
M.A. in Painting, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2002
M.F.A. in Oriental Painting, Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, Korea

2000
B.F.A. in Oriental Painting, Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, Korea

 

Solo Exhibitions and Projects

2018
Black Mat Oriole, ICA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

2015
Foot and Moon, Audiovisualpavilion, Seoul, Korea

2013
Polite Owl in the Valley 鴟鴞鴟鴞, Gallery Factory, Seoul, Korea
GRANDMOTHER TOWER, Old house, Space Can, Seoul, Korea

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018
The Conscientious Objector, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, LA, USA
Soon Enough: Art in Action, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

2017
Ex – Exhibition, Platform L Contemporary Art Center, Seoul, Korea
On Progress-reunion, Amado Art Space, Seoul, Korea
Score: Music for Everyone, Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea
As the Moon Waxes and Wanes, MMCA, Gwacheon, Korea

2016 
The 8th Climate, Gwangju Biennale,Gwangju, Korea
Groupe Mobile, Villa Vassilieff, Paris, France

2015
Sphères 8, Galleria Continua, Les Moulins, France
Crossing Plane – Unit, Layer, Nostalgia, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Jungle Shoe, Haus, Curated by KimKim, Nates, France
Klingsor’s Last Summer, Hite Collection, Seoul, Korea
Korea Tomorrow, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
Eye Zone, Art and Science Museum, Singapore
Looking Out / Looking In, Art Stage Singapore Special Exhibition, Singapore

2014 
Multi-Painting, OCI Museum, Seoul, Korea
Band of Feeling, Naji Gallery, Nanji Artist Studio, Seoul, Korea
Today’s Salon, Common Center, Seoul, Korea
New Scene #2, Buk Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2013
Noumenon, LIG Art Space, Seoul, Korea
Show on Progress, Amado Art Space, Seoul, Korea
ICA Intercourse 3, Talent of the Future, Auction, ICA, London, UK
On Mobility, Kobalt + Factory, Seoul, Korea
Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA, London, UK
The Show must go on, Praxis Space, ICAS, Singapore

2012
Bloomberg New Contemporaries, LJMU Copperas Hill Building, Liverpool Biennale, UK
 

2011
Royal College of Art Interim Show, Henry Moore Gallery, London, UK
The 4th 4482: Rhizosphere, Barge House in Oxo Tower Wharf, London, UK
Elizabeth House Project, London, UK
Bittersweet/Thunderspace, Hanmi Gallery, London, UK

2009
Variety, National Museum of Modern Art, Seoul, Korea

 

Residencies

2014
Nanji Artist Residency 8th, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2012
Triangle Artist Workshop, New York, USA

2011
Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

2005
Changdong Artist Studio Residency Program, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

 

Awards

2013
13th Songeun Art Award, Korea

2012
Bloomberg New Contemporaries, UK

 

Collection

MMCA (National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art)
Arario Museum, Seoul, Korea
National Art Bank, Seoul, Korea
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
National Art Bank, Seoul, Korea

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