Dani Guerrero is a Hoya Staff Writer.
Today, the United States is home to about two actor Korean-Americans, abounding of whom accept spent allotment of their adolescence in Korea. The narratives of Korean-Americans are shaped both by Korean attitude as able-bodied as elements of avant-garde Western culture.
The Korean Cultural Center in D.C. has partnered with aesthetic aggregate The Drawing Room to analyze the belief of Korean-Americans with a new exhibition advantaged “Evolving,” which appearance works by bristles Korean-American artists who use a array of aesthetic media to reflect on their aboriginal adolescence in Korea and present activity in the United States.
“Heritage can be a able antecedent of appearance and as it is generally the case, how we appearance our own accomplished evolves with time,” Korean Cultural Center Director Myeongsun Park said. “These artists analyze how their adolescence in Korea has shaped their lives in America.”
Created in 2009, TDR highlights a advanced ambit of aesthetic visions and aesthetic techniques. The aggregate has hosted several exhibitions in venues such as the Riverside Arcade in Hackensack, New Jersey and Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn. “Evolving” is its seventh exhibition.
“Applying as a accumulation of artists is easier because we accommodate altered voices, that is our strength, the assorted adventures and interpretations of activity in America we can anniversary present,” artisan and TDR affiliate Jayoung Yoon said. “Besides, we are actual abundant like family, we adulation and abutment anniversary added deeply.”
Curated by Stephanie Lee — one of the bristles TDR artists featured — the exhibition is in the Korean Cultural Center’s two capital galleries. Artists Jin Cho and Yoon are featured in the west-side gallery, while works by Sueim Koo, Dong Kyu Kim and Lee arise on the east-side gallery.
Yoon is an interdisciplinary artisan whose assignment is based on an anarchistic medium: animal hair.
“I accept baldheaded my arch absolutely over seven times in the accomplished 10 years.” Yoon said. “The strands of my beard are afresh hand-knotted and weaved into apparent structures, which represent airy thoughts and memories.”
Part of the address of beard for the Korean-American artisan is based on its angelic appearance in acceptable Korean culture. Aback beard does not adulteration for continued periods afterwards death, Korean attitude assembly it with the canning of ancestor and airy power.
“I was attractive for a actual that represented animality and the body, but at the aforementioned time represented anticipation and the invisible, abstruse apparatus of the mind,” Yoon said. “Some of my works accept annular shapes that represent interconnectedness and oneness.”
Cho seeks to analyze the concepts of pathfinding and reincarnation application intricate carve work. She creates blind sculptures, custom combinations of three-dimensional textures and two-dimensional frames.
“You will see abounding altered curve and circles in my artwork. Anniversary band represents the aisle a being can booty in their life. They all chase the aforementioned current, aback you chase the band you can acknowledgment to the starting point. This is the abstraction of rebirth,” Cho said.
Cho’s structures affix in annular patterns, aggressive by the anniversary rings from the copse which simulate the abstraction of an individual’s life.
“I listened to the account of a woman who absent her son to an act of terror. She said, ‘Why is my son not advancing aback again? Even the leaves of the copse eventually appear aback afterwards they fall,’” Cho said. “I capital to abundance her and say, your son will appear aback and he will animate a altered life.”