January 31st - March 8th, 2020
Artists: Myungchan Kim, Jeong Hoon Park, Yena Park, Joonghan Bae, Seuil Chung, Ray Im
Presence and Absence is a collaborative group show of Korean and Korean-American artists based in Detroit and Chicago. The exhibition includes mixed media photography, video installation, minimalist objects, photographic installation of ceramics, non-traditional woven objects, and portrait paintings.
Presence and Absence presents the artists’ introspective processes and the dialogue between materiality and craft that they each engage with. Stable and serene, historic and contemporary, traditional and speculative—diverse visual languages inform each work and together build a vital conversation about identity, culture, and experience today.
The perspectives of each of the Korean or Korean-American artists represented in the exhibition are woven together to address the tension felt between the West and the East. In Presence and Absence, the artists identify conflicts tied to their educational backgrounds in the United States and the surrounding circumstances they are immersed in politically, socially, and culturally in Detroit and Chicago. As strangers in the US, the participating artists pursue both their presence and absence between Western influences and their Korean roots.
Myungchan Kim (b. 1992, Wonju, South Korea) is a painter living in Chicago. In his recent “Tweeners” series, he examines how nonimmigrant workers from Korea navigate their identities in American society and questions what it means to represent their ephemeral presence in the American contemporary art context. Kim received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018. He has exhibited at M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery in Seattle, WA; Sullivan Galleries in Chicago, IL; LeRoy Neiman Center in Chicago, IL; MacLean Center in Chicago, IL; Fine Arts Building in Chicago, IL; Fulton Street Collective in Chicago, IL; Korean Cultural Center of Chicago in Wheeling, IL; and Cultural Foundation Gallery in Wonju, South Korea.
www.myungchankim.com Instagram: @kimmyungchan1992
Jeong Hoon Park is a recent graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, born and raised in Gwangju, Korea. He works with the medium of photography to create quiet images that reverberate with a distilled sense of “Han”, a Korean term that carries a repressed sense of grief or sorrow embedded in the historical and national identity of Korea. Park’s identity as a Korean photographer defines him as an outsider in the United States, where his experience has been one of isolation and disconnect. Whether the disconnect arises from his personality, language barrier, cultural gap, or economic situation, his life in the United Sate has made him grow accustomed to being alone. His work speaks of a lack of being fully integrated to neither Korea nor America. His work has been shown at the Chicago Art Book Fair and the Korean Cultural Center of Chicago in Wheeling, IL.
Hoon.persona.com Instagram: @_sayongja_