Opening reception Friday, December 14, 6 – 8pm.
Davis Arts Center welcomes Inson Linda Choy, independent curator, and work by seven Korean women artists for our final exhibit of 2018, Offerings & Encounters, Art Across the Distances. The exhibition runs December 13 through the 19, with a Second Friday ArtAbout opening reception from 6 – 8pm on Friday, December 14. Several of the artists will be visiting from Korea expressly to participate in the installation and Second Friday Opening. The exhibition is free as well as the opening reception. We encourage everyone to attend the reception and give a warm Davis welcome to this group of artists from abroad.
Inson writes that the artists are the “inheritors of the ancient traditions and cultures of Korea and that the women artists have struggled against the established patriarchal system which for hundreds of years stymied and oppressed women and their rights.”
The seven artists all have unique styles but the exhibit is unified by the artists’ concern with socio/political issues as well as environmental concerns. Inson comments, “Yoon Heesu actively engages the environmental concerns depicting forests and monumental rocks. Images of healing and perception of peace are prominent in the quiet elegance in Kim Myungjin’s untitled installation that engages the cycles of life as a metaphor through the use of rice, paper and life in her multi-media installation. While Ha Insun celebrates one of the most beloved traditional forms of art using mother-of-pearl in-lay and lacquer technique into landscapes in Spring Walk and Strolling Along. Kim Jungsun’s dreamlike oil paintings evoke scenes of the past remembered, eliciting a sense of nostalgia for childhoods and landscapes. Depicting everyday objects from grains to flowers, Jung Jungyeob examines the details of nature, creating a collage of imagery at once intimate with greater implication to include repurposing objects and to value the world around us. There is an awakening sense of culture being gradually lost in Korea and Je Miran’s work in textile embodies the traditional techniques used by makers of textile and clothing from fabric dyeing and sawing. Female empowerment figures largely in Ryu Junhwa’s paintings dealing with legends and folklore. Ryu’s paintings are bold and feature female imagery imbued with strength and daring.”