Kukje Gallery, Seoul
Corporate Collection, Mexico
Acquired by the present owner from the above
Since his emergence on the contemporary art scene in 1994 with the Aggregation series, Chun Kwang-Young has steadily gained acclaim. His works are deeply rooted in the artist's personal history. The present work offered consists of hundreds of triangular units wrapped in Korean mulberry paper, carefully and tightly arranged on a wooden frame to form a larger composition. The result is a dense and intricate surface with a startling illusion of depth. It is a prime example of tradition merging with modern aesthetics.
Chun's mulberry-wrapped triangular forms stem from childhood memories of visits to the house of his uncle, an herbal doctor. The herbs were wrapped in Korean mulberry paper in triangular shapes and hung from the ceiling to prevent dampness and to keep insects away. They were attached to other similarly wrapped medicines with string and each packet was then brewed. These experiences inspired Chun's use of these materials and his working methods.
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