- +Artist Bio
Internationally recognized for his masterful fusion
of painting and sculpture, South Korean artist Jung Kwang Sik graduated in 1992
with a Stage Design major from Carrara Academy, Italy, later receiving his
BFA from Hong-lk University in 1996. Utilizing beds of carved and scratched
granite, which he then paints, his works suggest sweeping landscapes viewed
from an aerial perspective. His exceptional skill of carving, scratching and
painting creates a vision of landscapes as one might see them from 30,000 feet,
materialized in trails of crustal movements, the swelling and contraction of
the earth, and the etched beauty of erosion. The resulting visual field is majestic and unforgettable.
Scenery Sculpture, Scenery of Mind Expressed
by Choi, Taeman (Art Critic)
exists a peacefully flowing river across a frame, a widespread field and a
mountain powerfully winding in and out in Jung Kwang Sik’s work. When you come
close to the work you notice an artificial city with dense buildings which reminds you of landscapes seen from a bird’s-eye
view. Although his
works are not drawings, but sculpture of stone, they contain the character of a painting. The texture made by using the grinder reminds us of the ground and with the grinder he is able to materialise trails of crustal movement, rising and erosion on the stone plates. They resemble the surface of the earth or moving waves.
works personify scenery and that’s why his works remind you of natural
scenery when you look at them. If the stone plates were not coloured, they could resemble landscapes before the world began. His works have evolved from abstract works to scenery. In his abstract works, which are cubes with uneven
fringes, texture overwhelms the cubes.
works have uneven surfaces which means they are sculptures in relief. With colours
layered on top of the scratches, they very closely resemble paintings. Grinding work has a
limitation in terms of direction and it usually only results in regular hexahedron shapes. Jung’s works
represent architecture as they add colours to the tilted small hexahedrons which appear as cities, villages, and roads. This enhances the nature of paintings
in the works. Riverside houses packed close to each other look like European cities rather than Korean ones, or look like construction on deserted highland.
However, it should be noted that his scenery does not represent a particular region. Rather, his scenes are images which
are created in his mind. The scenery is always shown from a distance and far from human subjects, one can discern his attitude of contemplation.
Why does he focus
on the scenery sculpture? The answer is that he wants to create works that are similar to a
stage set. Interestingly, he majored in stage arts in Italy. His experience with stage arts definitely affects the perspective of looking at the objects and
works around him.
Upon closer inspection of his work, you come into contact with their surfaces. Visual tension and
relaxation that are present in his works add to aesthetic character as density-dispersion,
high-low pitch and stress result in aesthetic effects.
conclusion, his work are all-over reliefs containing paintings of nature as they are
full of texture. He attempts to let the viewer experience the surfaces of the materials through touch and creates huge landscape scenes using fine cracks.
Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA
Nampo Art Museum, Goheung, Korea (July)
Ponetive Space, Paju, Heiry, Korea (September)
Healing Scenery II, Gallery Jak, Korea
VIEW, Insa Art Center, Seoul, Korea
City of Imagination, Sol Beach Gallery
Healing Scenery, Gallery Jak
VIEW Insa Art Center, Seoul, Korea
Ponetive Space, Paju, Heiry, Korea
Gallery On, Seoul, Korea
Sungbo Gallery, Korea
Insa Gallery, Korea