Kwang Young Chun
Chun Kwang Young is today internationally recognized as an artist who has been seeking the essence of his home country, Korea, to infuse it onto the social and political contradictions expressed by the Abstract Expressionist statement.
In his work, Chun Kwang Young creates small paper bundles made of mulberry paper, a reminiscence and strong indicator of Korean history and tradition. Indeed, the very fact of wrapping refers to the nomadic life of Korean ancestors who used to pack objects before each migration.
This habit was then re-enacted with children carrying their books in clothes bundles or doctors wrapping their medicine and hanging them from the ceiling. These small triangular entities, hardly visible from the distance, are thus embodying a large panel of various uses of the same technique: they are loaded with Korean past.
ARTSIDE Gallery was founded in 1999 in Seoul with a practical motto: ‘art is an endless centralisation of margins.’ It has since introduced Korean art to international art circles, promoting Korean artists globally and, at the same time, has introduced international art to Korean art circles. In 2001, it presented avant-garde artists from China in Korea for the first time. In 2008, it opened ARTSIDE Gallery Beijing in the Dashanzi Art District in China and established itself as a link between Asia, Europe and the Americas.