14 monumental works by Yun Hyong-Keun were recently on view in David Zwirner’s NYC Gallery. Working in the Dansaekhwa style of monochrome painting, a technique developed in Korea after the Korean conflict, Hyong-Keun utilizes two colors in his pieces: ultramarine and umber. After layering paint in either vertical or horizontal thick stripes, he added turpentine to the canvas which allowed the colors to blend together and create softer stripes. These were a few of my favorites.
Translated Vase // Yee Sookyung // Ceramic discards, epoxy, 24k gold leaf // 2013
Korean celadon ware is my favorite type of pottery. Dating back to the Goroyo Dynasty in Korea, I love the green/blue color of celadon. Contemporary artist Yee Sookyung, inspired by this traditional form of pottery, creates new works of art out of celadon. Yee Sookyung visits practicing Korean kiln sites and collects their discarded pieces. She then assembles the scraps together with gold leaf to create a new sculpture. Just as one person’s trash is another’s treasure, here the trash of potters becomes the treasured materials used to create her vases.