Hyun Ae Kang


Hyun Ae Kang is a famous Korean Artist, born in Seoul, South Korea. Today she lives and works in California, USA.
In her work Hyun combines traditional Korean spirit and Western abstract, using preliminary natural materials, mostly wood, to create her innovative, rich in colors and texture mixed-media works. She often utilizes vibrant colors with layers of carefully applied paint to create works which ultimately serve as reflection of her deeply personal joyfull approach to Life.
Hyun Ae Kang gained her recognization in 1993 when the Art Museum of Seoul acquired her work for it's permanent collection.
Since then Hyuns work has been exhibited worldwide and collected by important collectors in Miami, Palm Beach, Palm Springs, New York, Anaheimand and Japan.
Her work resides in the permanent collections of the Art Museum of Seoul, Muzeo Art Museum and Cultural Center in Anaheim, California, and the Brea Museum and Historical Society, California.
Kang's work will also be featured in an upcoming retrospective at Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center in Anaheim, California, in 2021. The exhibition will be the first retrospective for the artist in the United States and will showcase works from her early career in South Korea as well as her most current projects. The exhibition, which will span the entire 5000 square feet of the museum space, will include works of sculpture, painting, and ceramics by the Korean-American artist.
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Hyun Ae Kang是韩国着名的艺术家,出生于韩国首尔。如今,她在美国加利福尼亚州生活和工作。 在她的作品中,Hyun结合了传统的韩国精神和西方抽象,使用初步的天然材料,主要是木材,创造她的创新,丰富的色彩和纹理混合媒体作品。她经常利用鲜艳的色彩和精心涂抹的油漆来创作作品,最终反映出她对生活的深刻个人愉悦态度。 她在20世纪70年代开始了她的雕塑艺术生涯,后来转变为绘画,这是她作品的一个方面,可以通过她画作中的触觉标记看出来。 “自从我在韩国首尔梨花女子大学获得艺术学士学位和硕士学位后,我对雕塑的探索就开始了”, - sais Hyun。 Hyun Ae Kang于1993年获得认可,当时首尔艺术博物馆收藏了她的永久收藏作品。 从那时起,Hyuns的作品已在全球展出,并被迈阿密,棕榈滩,棕榈泉,纽约,Anaheimand和日本的重要收藏家收藏。 她的作品居住在首尔艺术博物馆,加州阿纳海姆的Muzeo艺术博物馆和文化中心以及加利福尼亚的布雷亚博物馆和历史学会的永久藏品中。 “Hyun的艺术揭示了希望大自然的奇妙和崇高,她渴望分享她的信仰之旅,反映她渴望通过神圣的存在塑造她的生命。她的作品因此是对她的一个非常和个性化的冥想作为艺术家与全能救赎者的关系“。


HYUN AE KANG: 2nd Generation of Korean Dansaekhwa

Dansaekhwa – “monochrome painting” – is a style of abstract painting that arose during the second half of the 1970s, combining Korean aesthetics and Far Eastern philosophy with Western modernist practice. Dansaekhwa artists used the ideas of ancient eastern philosophical schools, in particular Buddhism and Taoism, to explain their work, which was, rather, an artistic act.

If you look closely at the details of the paintings of artists of this movement, you can see that the surface is composed of numerous small textures of the material, made by countless repeated application and removal of strokes. Such a repeated, long act of creation reminds the long and very painful meditation of a Buddhist monk in an attempt to achieve nirvana. This incomplete process of searching for the deepest truths of oriental philosophical teachings by “talking” the artist with the material and creating a “silent” picture is the main goal of this artistic movement.

With a respect to traditions, Hyun Ae Kang significantly complements and expands this direction with her personal artistic story.

Moving away from monochrome, Hyun, like the Dansaekhwa artists, technically gravitates to texturing and tactility. Rethinking the elements of the techniques of the predecessors and based on her twenty years of experience as a sculptor, the artist creates abstract paintings, covering the canvas with thick strokes of paint layer by layer, achieving the effect of clay and ceramic-like strokes that give the surface a specific texture that distinguished Dansaekhwa artists too.

A meditative practice is a second element that associates Hyun and Dansaekhwa. Dansaekhwa is a movement that not only focuses on the exploration of monochromic colors, but also explores how those colors induce a meditative state within an individual. Making her works multicolored, Hyun achieves the same effect of meditation. The process of creating works is accompanied by ecstatic experiences too. Being a deeply religious person, Hyun spends a lot of time in prayers before starting work. This is significantly affects the paintings themselves, during the creation of which the artist continues the dialogue with the sacred.

«Regarding my style, all the touches and strokes I use are inscriptions of the dialogues with the sacred. These inscriptions are based on Korean alphabet characters and glyphs. When I create my reliefs onto the canvases, I think of myself as a scribe that is carving messages from the heavenly force into the worldly materials of stones and pumice. And with these inscriptions, I hope viewers will be able to reflect upon them and gain insights they could have not achieved beforehand,» — Hyun Ae Kang



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