Stone and Wind is an exhibition pairing the sculptures of Yongjin Han with the photographs of Jungjin Lee.
Yongjin Han (b. 1934, Seoul) is a seminal figure in Korean contemporary sculpture. Following the Korean War (1950-53), he has been the leader in bringing Korea’s tradition of direct stone carving out of figuration and into a refined abstraction. Like the great Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi, Yongjin Han pursues truth to materials, seeking authentic engagement with stone as a substance that is both ancient and alive. The spirit of his practice is simultaneously light and profound: “The stone asks me to scratch its itch here, or there, so that’s what I do!” His works are in museums and private collections worldwide. Major commissions include the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea; the city of Redding, California; and the Olympic Sculpture Park, Seoul.
Jungjin Lee (b. 1961, Korea) is one of Korea’s most celebrated photographers. For her “Wind” series, she visited the American southwest and photographed the landscape; her discerning eye can somehow capture unseen energies. She brushes photographic emulsion on traditional Korean mulberry bark paper, and then prints upon this paper through a darkroom process. The resulting works have a textural interplay of paper, brushwork and image that powerfully evokes invisible forces. Jungjin Lee’s photographs are in collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea; she is currently planning a new body of work in Israel.
- David Parker