Kwang Young Chun: Aggregations (3 stars)

This article is from 2015

Kwang Young Chun: Aggregations

Meticulously crafted paper assemblages by Korean artist fill Dovecot’s gallery space

After 20 years as an abstract expressionist painter, Korean artist Kwang Young Chun changed direction and began to make assemblages from hundreds of triangular packages wrapped in mulberry paper (usually the pages of old Korean books) and tied with mulberry string.

Many of the pieces in this show, his first solo exhibition in Scotland, are wall mounted, and look like paintings trying to break into three dimensions. Some evoke other-worldly landscapes, using shapes and tones to create the impression of ridged surfaces and craters. Others exhibit a painter’s delight in colour: a sunburst in shades of blue, a jagged rectangle in flame and earth hues. Some are highly textured, others are flat with a uniform pattern of notches. The centrepiece of the show is a huge spikey sphere, like a meteorite, hanging from the ceiling.

The immediate impression is one of presence and scale. Then, on closer inspection, one considers the meticulousness and craft in the process, and the sense of a blending of American painting tradition with a sensibility which is oriental and hand-made. However, after sustained viewing, it starts to feel they are all variations on a theme. To see still more, would be to see more of the same.

Dovecot Gallery, 550 3660, until 26 September, free.

Kwang Young Chun: Aggregations

  • 3 stars

First solo exhibition in Scotland for a major Korean artist who came out of Abstract Expressionism to devise a new style inspired by the medicine packages he remembered from his childhood.