ArtAsiaPacific

By HG Masters

Suki Seokyeong Kang's exhibition "Jeong δΊ•" showcased her work based on the study of the rectangular Korean musical notation system of Jeongganbo, which dates back to the court dances and music of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897). In Kang's works, she channels the system's regimented form into spaces of experimentation, such as the stack of painted canvases Moras on the Black Mat (2014-18), where the dimensions of each canvas echo those of Jeongganbo. The progression of sculptures in Pause and Position – Jeong (2012-18), from wooden frames to painted of wool-wrapped metal forms, evokes an entire musical ensemble. In the video, Black Under Colored Moon (2015), actors move her Jeong sculptures around a darkened stage, arranging them in an ongoing series of notational arrangements, visualizing the potentials for variation and harmony that can be achieved even within tradition itself.