March 6-25, 2015
Opening Reception | March 6 @ 6:30 PM
Korean Cultural Center
2370 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20008
WHAT: Group exhibition, opening reception, talk by the artists
WHO: Rosabel Goodman-Everard, Sheldon Holen, Miriam Keeler, Jean Kim, Laura Litten, Kiki McGrath, Starke Meyer, Judy Southerland
WHEN: Opening Reception: Friday, March 6 @ 6:30 pm (Exhibition Dates: March 6 – 25)
WHERE: Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. (2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW)
Curated by Judy Southerland
When asked to curate an exhibition for the Korean Cultural Center and Crit Group, I thought of the inspired common ground developed by this collection of multigenerational, multicultural artists, who despite having very different visual vocabularies as well as backgrounds, choose to meet regularly in my studio, advancing and sharing knowledge.
The challenge to expand this metaphorical ground through a study of Korean modern and contemporary art led to heartfelt connections and possibilities for further investigation. Meaning is shaped by cultural and historical context and it has been noted that in Korea, as in the USA, depending on the era, tradition is seen as a dead weight or a living treasure. In our multivalent agen we have access to a vast, virtual common ground. Painting, for example, was declared dead but when resurrected in the international cultural conversation not long ago. For this group of artists, painting is refreshed and remains vital by looking out as well as in. Projects like Common Ground present what we see in our visually complex time.
Artist Statement : Jean Kim
My work is a reflection of the harmonizing of contradictory elements. After moving to the United States from South Korea, a clash of cultures dominated my life. Eventually, this cultural confrontation became less acute and grew into a diversely enriched, harmonious existence. My experiences have sharpened my mind and eyes to seek out elements of unity and harmony. I like to play on topics such as natural vs. synthetic or literal vs. imaginary. As a painter, I use mundane objects and materials to complement my canvases to inspire ideas of continuity that may not have arisen initially. Other artists, particularly Yang Haegue and Suh Do Ho, have influenced and inspired me to use unconventional materials and to push my conceptual boundaries.
Link to Interview