A life’s work

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Aug 28 2022


Category: Europe, Italy

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Since 1980 Korean artist Chun Kwang Young spends most of his time in making small triangular packets of printed mulberry paper. The mulberry paper (hanji), he recovers from old books. The little paper packets, he aggregates into larger objects like sculptures and reliefs.

For Chun Kwang Young these art works contain the knowledge and soul of the people that made the hanji paper, of the people that printed and made the books from which he recuperated it, and of the people who have held the books in their hands, turned the pages and read them. And they contain, I should add, not in the least the artistic, meditative soul of Chun Kwang Young himself!

Photos of the week: Chun Kwang Young, ‘Times Reimagined’, Hanji paper work Aggregation, Palazzo Contarini Polignac, Venice Biennale, Italy 2022

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