Hakgojae Gallery presents WANG Shuye: Beyond Perception, the first solo exhibition of WANG Shuye (王舒野, b. 1963) in Korea, from September 20 to October 28.
WANG Shuye has been creating paintings that belong neither to realism nor expressionism, breaking away from the current of contemporary Chinese paintings. His paintings carefully examine the relationship between objects and beings and depict the point where the essence of things lies. Many of his works are titled, ‘A Sapce-Time Nude: Idendical’, which reflects the artist’s willingness to “directly confront spacetime” and express their essence in his painting.
Most of the 19 works on view in the exhibition are landscape paintings. The artist approaches and abstracts four-dimensional spaces such as forests, caves, roadsides, and buildings with a “divine vision.” In particular, WANG Shuye paints most objects in wave-like shapes, reflecting the artist’s interest in the constant change of things. For his first solo exhibition in Korea, the artist will also present landscape paintings of Gyeongbokgung Palace, Apgujeong, and Hakgojae gallery.
The Wind Blows: About the Sculpture, the first sculpture exhibition by Lee Kang So (b. 1943) will be on view at Leeahn Gallery from September 5 to October 28.
Lee celebrates his 50th anniversary this year, and his works include painting, sculpture, and performance. The artist was active overseas as early as 1975 with his performance at the Paris Biennale and was also known for paintings of ducks. This exhibition highlights his sculptures.
Lee primarily uses clay to create his sculptures, which he does not mold or touch carefully, but rather piles it up or throws it into the air to create haphazard forms. This tendency is seen in the series ‘Untitled’ on the first floor. This work is made by stacking or throwing square or cylindrical shapes of sculptures and letting them dry naturally. The ‘Becoming’ series is similar, especially in the multicolored pieces. The colors were created by experimenting with different types of clay and the temperatures at which they were handled. It is an extension of his exploration of clay. The exhibition also features paintings such as the < The Wind is Blowing-230103 > and < Serenity-221202 >. The openness of the paintings connects to the idea that things coexist in the flow of nature, which is central to the artist’s work.
Laheen Gallery is pleased to present Cowboy Whistle, a solo exhibition by Seo Wonmi (b. 1990) from September 21 to October 28.
Seo Wonmi’s paintings incorporate memories, anxiety, and trauma from personal and social experiences into narratives. In a series of works such as <Facing> and <The Black Curtain>, the artist uses the materiality of oil paint to capture narratives of death and history.
In this exhibition, Seo Wonmi will present a new series of paintings. In the series, the artist focuses on ‘mal’’. ‘Mal’ is a homonym in Korean meaning ‘horse’ or ‘word’. Seo Wonmi focuses on ‘mal’’ as a medium to convey stories, and not only to refer to the ‘word’, but also to the ‘horse’, expanding the scope of the work. In this context, the cowboys who frequently appear in the series function as the artist’s other persona as a skillful manipulator of ‘mal’. Also, unlike her previous works, which focused on the exploration of limited themes such as death and anxiety, in this exhibition, the artist intends to conduct a more formal experiment by paying attention to the painting itself. The artist and the image are repeatedly chased and pursued by the ‘mal’ in the work.