In Search of Absence 《身之所往》
JEONG Yun Kyung
In Search of Absence
18 Aug – 18 Sep, 2021
Korea Cultural Center in Hong Kong
6-7/F Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
The Korean Cultural Center in Hong Kong and Gallery EXIT jointly present “In Search of Absence”, a group exhibition features recent works of Korean artist JEONG Yun Kyung and Hong Kong artists Lulu NGIE and Hilarie HON. The diverse bodies of works establish a connection with the viewers through colors and lines, while gazing at the artists’ internal state of mind.
The works of JEONG Yun Kyung combine traditional ink painting techniques with abstract expressionism. Distinctive qualities of multiple forms and lines coexist in the same panels. The meticulously fine details of repeated motifs form unique “inkscapes” with a sense of tranquil airiness. Meanwhile, she uses bold vivid lines and collage layers to disrupt the still orderliness. Jeong constructs in her works a staggering visual tension with complexity and harmony.
Lulu NGIE paints with a state of mind and fundamentals of Eastern ink painting traditions. Her recent oil paintings continue to display her profound understanding of ink as artistic medium, utilizing a variety of brush strokes. She depicts compositions and human figures with conciseness and simplicity. Ngie presents the delicate relationship and balance between the body and mind through her abstract figures, from gazing at oneself to reaching inner contentment. She has an incisive perception of internal struggles within individuals and between groups. The painted figures appear in two or in groups dancing, leaning or facing away from each other, are all interconnected.
Hilarie HON is known for her outlandish worlds with vivid tones. She explores in her recent works the concept of “seeing” and “be seen” in paintings. The canvas frame is an essential medium to showcase a painting, yet it separates the painted world from the exhibition space. Hon’s “figure with a hat” has not been given a specific identity. The figure appears alone on the edge of multiple paintings, either sitting, standing or resting. Similar to the state of a canvas frame, the figure is part of the painting but at the same time is separated from the painted world.