Among the eleven artists presented for this exhibition, CHO Phyunghwi,, KIM Song Yeol, , LEE Jaeho, JEONG Hwang-rae and LEE Jong-pil are those whose works continue in the tradition of realistic landscape painting. CHUNG Myunghee combines the elements of semi-abstraction and of traditional landscape painting to forge a new visual language of Korean painting. Additionally, KANG Koo Cheul and KANG Kyuseong experiment with diverse effects of ink to create abstract paintings, while YUN Yeo Whan has established a unique oeuvre of paintings with precise and detailed depictions of his subject. HUR Jin-Kweon began as an ink wash painter and has expanded his artistic practice by including site-specific painting installations, and PARK Neungsaeng adds new themes such as cityscapes to the subject of traditional landscape painting. All of these artists come together as part of Daejeon’s Hangukhwa scene via ink to enrich our landscape and make it more deeply ed.
This exhibition is designed to provide a time of healing to everyone feeling depressed and separated from their once usual life during these pandemic times. Among the works displayed, pieces reinterpreting the famous literati painting by Chusa KIM Jeong-hui, Sehando(Wintry days), are included. It is well known that Sehando was made as a present to one of KIM’s pupils, LEE Sang-jeok, who continued to stay in touch with KIM by writing letters or getting invaluable books for him, while KIM was living as an exile in Jeju Island. The painting depicts nothing but a humble, desolate cottage and some trees standing around it in the cold of winter. Its meaning, however, is as deep as the roots of the trees that symbolize true friendship during such a difficult period. Hopefully, Time for Ink will allow every visitor to find in the various contemporary interpretations of Sehando something meaningful in this challenging time.