Art Space DA:MDAA is pleased to present Minsun Ji’s first solo New York exhibition at K&P Gallery in New York. Minsun Ji, a Minhwa artist, has also curated her own solo exhibition. She turns the entire gallery space into a single piece of art filled with motifs and symbols of blessing, aspiration and wealth by the eyes of the tiger.
Minhwa literally refers to a Korean folk painting based on the aspiration to the blessed life such as longevity, fame, and wealth. The painting is composed of coded topics and objects. The exhibition 'Linked Views' focuses on interpreting the symbols 'blessing' and 'aspiration' by eyes of the tiger, and conveying those meanings to viewers. Minhwa features subjects such as tiger, phoenix, bat, dragon, fish, pomegranate, duck, lotus, crane and so forth. Each of those subjects conveys success, birth, longevity, peace, wealth and achievement, etc. That is why Minhwa is also referred to as a reading picture in a sense that viewers decode meanings of subjects and symbols contained in the paintings. The general theme of the genre would be the 'blessing' to people.
The artist has selected a few of the most frequently used symbols: tiger, dragon, bat, fish, and duck throughout the Korean art history. They are selected, adapted, reinterpreted, and newly created in different perspectives from the original. Tiger, especially the main icon of this exhibition, is believed to prevent us from calamities and invite the blessing as a patron saint in Korea. She borrows the tiger's view as the reinterpreting point, letting the imagination run wild.
The hope of living a blessed life is not only of Korea, but also a desire of all around the world. By depicting and sharing this universal wish through art, the artist believes the viewer and the other viewer, or the viewer and herself can communicate and form a relationship despite the different languages we speak. As you follow the eye of the tiger one by one, the whole gallery space turns into a single piece of art. Minsun Ji wishes that the viewers are immersed in this body of works full of blessing.
Last but not the least; the viewers will also be fascinated realizing the combination of the aesthetics of the folk paintings - neglected three dimensional and atmospheric perspectives – and the contained meanings.
Minsun Ji, Minhwa artist
Monday appointment req.
Tuesday 12:00 - 6:00pm
Wednesday 12:00 - 6:00pm
Thursday 12:00 - 8:00pm
Friday 12:00 - 6:00pm
Saturday 12:00 - 6:00pm
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Minsun Ji, a South Korea-born artist, studied Visual Design at college. She turned a professional Minhwa artist in her late 20s. She currently teaches the painting at an extension program, Kaywon Art College in South Korea. t is not a co-incidence that the artist has swiftly adapted to a traditional style of Minhwa and altered it in her own due to her educational background.
A majority of Minhwa artists in Korea still adhere to the traditional motifs and subjects that date back to the 16th – 17th centuries. But, Minsun Ji tries to feature motifs and subjects that are universal, thus more appealing to people worldwide. Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman also appear in her recent works as a result of her audacious and creative choice of subjects. It is because the Super Heroes are also regarded as patrons today in the same way as tigers and dragons used to in the past. Her Minhwa paintings can communicate blessing and good luck to people regardless of their nationality, age, and gender worldwide.
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