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Chun Kwang Young
Aggregation 16-AU068 - Kwang Young Chun, korean, abstract, mulberry, relief, 3d

2016

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$136,500

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Kwang Young Chun (b.1944) Aggregation 16-AU068 2016 mixed media with Korean mulberry paper 151 x 151 cm Price: $136,500 USD (inc. import VAT) Provenance: Private collection, Korea Notes: The development of Chun’s signature Aggregation technique was sparked by childhood memories of seeing medicinal herbs wrapped in mulberry paper, known as hanji, tied into small packages and hung from the ceiling of the local doctor’s office. He became intrigued with the idea of merging the techniques, materials and sentiment of his Korean heritage with the conceptual freedom he experienced during his Western education. Each Aggregation is composed of thousands of individual mulberry paper parcels, carefully toned with tea or coloured pigments. Over the years, the pieces have become more colourful and evolved in complexity and scale, but the use of mulberry paper remains at the core of Chun’s practice. Although imbued with the spirit of Korean tradition and history, Chun’s work, with its intricate, abstract compositions, is grounded in a purely contemporary context. About the Artist: Kwang Young Chun is a Korean artist best known for his textural, crystalline paper sculptures. Born in Hongchun, South Korea in 1944, Chun completed his studies at Hong-Ik University and in the early 1970's he moved to the United States where he obtained his Masters at Philadelphia College of Art. It was this move that heavilty influenced Chun's early works as he veered towards American and European Abstract Expressionism. He stated that it simply "seemed to be the best way to freely express my surprise and sadness at witnessing the huge gap between idea and reality". Following this period of exploration Chun returned to Korea. At this point he largely shifted his artistic trajectory from creating two-dimensional paintings to constructing three-dimensional sculptures, exploring themes of harmony and conflict. Chun began to closely tie his art to his own cultural identity and from this his Aggregation series was born. The large-scale sculptures are made of triangular parts created from discarded books. In his own words, Chun is concerned with "expressing the power of our ancestors' spirit" and reflecting on "a paintful modern society". His unique artistic practice is deeply linked to his childhood nostalgia of witnessing medicinal herbs being wrapped, treated and packaged in his uncle's pharmacy. The forms are assembled by employing a traditional Korean method as Chun constructs convoluted arrangements comprised of Polystyrene triangular shapes, which he wraps with Korean mulberry paper. These shapes are then tied with hand-twisted paper string. He colours the mulberry paper with natural dyes, such as tea, to give the impression that his sculptures are not manmade. Chun was named 'Artist of the Year' by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul and was granted the 'Presidential Prize' in the 41st Korean Culture and Art Prize by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. In 2014 Chun wrote Mulberry Mindscapes, a monograph articulating the breadth and diversity of his half-century long artisitic career. His work appears in a number of important collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Seoul National University Museum of Art and the Busan Metropolitan Art Museum. Chun currently lives and works in Seoul, South Korea. Categories: Aggregation 16-AU068, Kwang Young Chun, korean, blue, mulberry, mixed media, aggregation, contemporary, contemporary art, hanji, large, perspex, big, 3d, relief, mulberry paper, abstract, textural, texture

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