' Kwang Young Chun
Kwang Young Chun
Relief: Kwang Young Chun
June 02 - July 29, 2016

Press Release

Chun’s artwork reflects his intense involvement with both Western art and the rich heritage of his homeland. Begun in the mid-1990s, the series titled Aggregation breaks away from the conventional use of brush, paint and canvas. His compositions are constructed of hundreds of triangles wrapped in century-old handmade mulberry paper. Certain works depend on a variation of trompe l’oeil. Using a range of gray to black tones, Chun creates what looks like deep depressions or craters. It is only after closer examination that we realize these are not actual indentations. The triangles coalesce into a composition creating a startling illusion of depth, dense with association to natural phenomena.

For those familiar with Korean culture, the mulberry paper used in Chun’s compositions offers an additional layer of meaning. Inspired by childhood memories, the wrapped triangles in Chun’s constructions are evocative of herbal medicine bundles wrapped in paper and hung in clusters from the ceilings of the family run pharmacy. Though herbal medicine is a dying art in his native country, Chun is keenly aware of the historical and personal resonance of his chosen medium.

Chun is orchestrating thousands of units to produce variations of surface texture and composition. The richly evocative material he uses transcends its tradition. While imbued with Korean nostalgia, Chun’s unique constructions speak on many levels and on universal terms.

Past Exhibitions


Solo Exhibitions

2016    Woo Yang Museum, Korea

Bernard Jacobson Gallery, UK

2015    Pearl Lam Gallery, Singapore

Beck & Eggeling Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany

Dovescot Studio Edinburgh (Festival), Scotland

2014    Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, UK

2013    Art Plural Gallery, Singapore

Museum of Seoul National University, Korea

2012    Towson University Asian Art Center Lynchburg College, USA

Daura Gallery, Virginia, USA

2011     Knoxville Museum of Art Gallery, Tennessee, USA

Hyundai Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, Australia

National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

2009    University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY

Grafton Regional Gallery, New South Wales

Mori Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia

Landau Fine Art, Montreal, Canada

The Columns Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2008    Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT

Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY

2006    Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

Michelle Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY

Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore

Annely Juda Gallery, London, UK

lerimonti Gallery, Milan, Italy

2005      Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2004      Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

2003      Conny Dietzschold, Sydney, Australia

New Contemporaries, Sydney, Australia

2002      Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA

Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

Michelle Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY

Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2001     ‘2001 Artist of the Year Award,’ National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

2000      Michelle Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY

Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

Commenoz Gallery, Key Biscayne, FL

1999       Park Ryu-Sook Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

1998       Galerie Sikong, Taegu, Korea

1997        Galerie Bhak, Seoul, Korea

1995        Galerie Bhak, Seoul, Korea

1992        Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea

1990        Gallery Dong Sung Arts Center, Seoul, Korea

1988        Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea

1986        Sirota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1985        Kamakura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Muramatsu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1980        American Cultural Center Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1979         Malta National Museum, Saint Julian, Malta

Lotus Gallery, New York, NY

1977         Shin Sea Gea Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1976         Fifth Street Gallery, Wilmington, DE

Fine Art Center, Seoul, Korea

1975         Lotus Gallery, New York, NY

1972         Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY

1971          International House Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1968         Seoul Cultural Center Gallery, Seoul, Korea


Selected Group Exhibitions

2016         Hong Kong Group Show, PearlLam gallery

2015         Venice Biennale, Palazzo Grimani Art Museum Museum

SAN ‘Spalding house : LESS = MORE’, Honolulu Museum of Art

2014         ‘Odd Volumes: Book Art from the Allan Chasanoff Collection’, Yale University Art Gallery

2013         ‘The Moment, We Awe-Contemporary Art from korea’, How Art Museum

2012         ‘Design Futurology’, Museum of Art Seoul National University Museum

KUNSTWERK I Sammlung Alison und Peter W. Klein,

2011         Impression Gallery

2010        “Cosmos” New Jersey State Museum, NJ

2008       “Midnight Full of Stars” Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ

2007       “Incarnation” Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY

“Surface Impressions” Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY

2006       ‘Holland Paper Biennial’ CODA Museum, Apeldoorn and the Museum Rijswijk, The Netherlands

2005       ‘2005 Seoul Art Exhibition’ Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2004       ‘Commemorative Exhibition of Seoul Museum of Art South Branch Opening” Seoul Museum of Art

2003       Crossings: Korea/Hawaii’ The Contemporary Museum, Hawaii

‘Art Unlimited’ Art 34 Basel, Basel, Switzerland

‘2003 Seoul Art Exhibition’ Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

2001      ‘Compelled’ Hunterdon Museum, New Jersey, USA

2000       ‘Dealer’s Choice’ Robert Kidd Gallery, Michigan

Gwenda Jay / Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL

1999        Galerie Die Weisse, Cologne, Germany

1998        Galerie Dorothea van Der Koelen in Mainze, Germany

‘Crossing Boundaries’ Gallery V, Columbus, Ohio

1997        Exchange Exhibition with Galerie Bhak at Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

1996        Da Do Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1995        600 Seoul International Art Festival, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

LA International Biennale Invitation, Galerie Bhak & Ramba Gallery, LA

Exhibition of Korean Paper, Contemporary Artists, Chong Ro Gallery, Seoul

1994        Korean Paper Works of 3 Artists, Chong Ro Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1993        Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh, Bangladesh

Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh

1987        Soul Yokohama Contemporary Artists, Gallery of Art Cosmo Center, Seoul

1986        Yokohama Contemporary Artists Exhibition, The Museum of Yokohama, Japan

1985        ISPPA Walker Hill Museum, Seoul, Korea

1984        ISPPA FUKUOKA, The Museum of Fukuoka, Japan

1982        Exhibition of Ecole de Seoul, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul

Kwan Hoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1977         Fifth Street Gallery, Wilmington, DE

1976         Lotus Gallery, New York, NY

University of Delaware Museum, DE

Baulchie Institute Museum, Philadelphia, PA

1975         Wanamker Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Woodmare Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

William Penn Memorial Museum, Harrisburg, PA

1974         Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham, PA

Derexel University Museum, Philadelphia, PA

1973         Civic Center Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Earth Art II Modern Art Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA

1971-78 National Forum of Professional Artists Show, Philadelphia Civic Center, PA

1966-68 Korean Contemporary Artists Invited Exhibition, Chosun Il-Bo Press Group

1966-67 Shin Sang Group Show, National Museum of Modern Art, Seoul



2001        Artist of the Year, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

1974         Silver Prize in the 27th Cheltenham Art Center sponsor Cheltenham Art Center

1973         Special Prize in the Earth Art II sponsor Civic Center Museum, Philadelphia, PA

1969         Special Prize in the 18th Korean National Arts Exhibition, Korean Culture and Arts Foundation

1967         Korean Contemporary Artists Special Prize, Chosun Press Group, National Museum of Modern Art, Seoul

1966-67   Special Prize in the 5th, 6th, Shin Sang Group Exhibition, National Museum of Modern Art, Seoul


Public Collections

Victoria and Albert Museum, UK

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

The Leeum Samsung Museum, Seoul, Korea

Hansol Foundation of Culture, Seoul, Korea

Malta National Museum, Saint Julian, Malta

The Museum of Hong-Ik University, Seoul, Korea

Columbia University of Law, New York, NY, USA

Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, Busan, Korea

Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, NY, USA

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA, USA

William Penn Memorial Museum, PA, USA

Philadelphia Society Building, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY, USA

The National Military Academy, Seoul, Korea

Jackson Corporate Consulting, Coral Gables, Florida, USA

Neiman Marcus Dept Store, Dallas, TX, USA

Codina Group Inc., Coral Gables, Florida, USA

Seoul 63 Building, Seoul, Korea

Pak Young Sa Publishing Co, Seoul, Korea

LG Group, Seoul, Korea

Woon-Jin Group, Seoul, Korea

Se Ah Steel Corp, Seoul, Korea

Hotel Shilla, Seoul, Korea

Chosun Hotel, Gyeongju, ,Korea

Han Wha Corp., Seoul, Korea

Lake Hills Country Club, Su Won, Korea

Dong Yang Tinplate Corp., Seoul, Korea

Sa Jo Corp., Seoul, Korea

Seo Heung Metal Co Ltd., Seoul, Korea

Syn Key Co., Ltd., Seoul, Korea

Yu Yu Ind. Ltd., Seoul, Korea

Il Shin Spinning Co., Ltd., Seoul, Korea

Oracle Corporation, CA, USA

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

Potash Corporation-USA headquarters Chicago, IL

Lattangio E Associati SRI Milan, Italy

Rosewood Stone Group, Mill Valley, CA

Continental Bental L L.C., Bellevue, Washington

International Finance Corp, Washington DC

United Health Group, New York, NY