Waiting in a hyper-focused and meditative state is a central theme in many of the artworks on view, like in the work of YOO GEUN TAEK (b. 1965, Asan, Korea, lives and works in Seoul). His work, fruit of the appropriation of traditions in Korean painting, redefines the notions of visual narratives through poetic images composed of dense and repetitive elements. By adding layers upon layers of ink and oyster shell powder on hanji (mulberry paper), Yoo’s distinctive compositions are imbued with what he calls “a new space of accumulated time.”
Yoo has been the subject of several exhibitions at prominent institutions worldwide, and his work has been incorporated in a number of important permanent collections including the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea, SOMA Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Jeju Museum of Art, Chengdu Contemporary Art Museum (China), Busan Museum of Art, Daejeon Museum of Art, Leeum Museum of Art and White Rabbit Collection in Australia, among others.
"Korean traditional real landscape paintings depict actual scenery, but it aspires to something beyond what we see. My paintings are the same fundamentally ― they are much rooted in reality, but expand the idea of it." - the artist.
"Whereas drawing in the western painting is more focused on the representation of the objects being drawn, the brush strokes in East Asian painting is rather devoted to the painter's physical body and breathing.” - Toshiaki Mineaki, art critic.
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Catalogue. “YOO Geun-Taek: The One Day.” Gallery Hyundai, 2012