New Group Exhibit Celebrating Korean Artists

"Sound of Breathing" by Garam Lee

Tonight, Jersey City celebrates the talents and culture of several Korean artists with a new group exhibition.

Curator Greg Brickey says the exhibit became an annual tradition after the success of the first Korean exhibit six years ago organized by Ward D City Council candidate and CASID president Michael Yun. The Korean business leader, Brickey says, wanted to “showcase the talent of local Korean artists, as well as share the culture and ideals of the Korean community.”

“The focus of each show has changed over the years; some have been calligraphy based and others have centered on traditional landscape and portraiture,” he adds. “This year’s exhibition features several younger emerging artists, as well as more traditional established painters.”

Brickey described some of his favorites from the show. “Garam Lee, an installation artist, is exhibiting his ongoing project ‘Sound of Breathing,’ which is a strikingly beautiful multi-sculptural piece suspended from the third-floor rotunda (top right).

Cast pigs' heads by Seunghwui Koo

“Also on display is a dramatic installation of cast pigs’ heads (bottom right) by Seunghwui Koo. Two very different connotations associated with pigs–good fortune (Eastern) and greed (Western)–are themes that are explored in her works,” he says.

Also on display is “Breeze Blossom” by media artist Jun Ku Kang, who incorporates computer-generated art into his work. Other exhibiting artists include Hak Kyun Kim, Mi Jung Kim, Won Cheol Lee, Haneui Kim, Hyatt Kim and over 30 others from New York and New Jersey.

The Korean Artists’ Group Exhibition has an opening reception tonight, April 11, at 6:30 pm in the Meagher Rotunda Gallery at City Hall, located at 280 Grove St. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit is on display weekdays from 8 am to 8 pm and weekends from 11 am to 4 pm through April 30.

Photos courtesy of Greg Brickey

Summer Dawn Hortillosa

is a freelance arts and entertainment writer whose work has appeared in the Jersey City Independent, The Jersey Journal, the International and other publications. She is also a creative writer and theatrical director.