Crossing borders while tracing lines
So it’s an architecture exhibition? But other walls have traditional Korean ink drawings and black-and-white photos of bamboo swaying in the wind. The works are from a range of genres and subjects.
Still, there is some consistency. Everything is in moderate colors - wood brown or black and white. The tones make the lines clearly stand out.
“My interest in the lines from the strokes of traditional ink paintings is always at the base of my works,” Kim told reporters last month. The 47-year-old is a well-known architect who designed the UN Village townhouses in central Seoul, Alternative Space Loop gallery in western Seoul and is designing the residential floors of the 123-story Lotte World Tower under construction in eastern Seoul.
But Kim didn’t major in architecture - he studied ink painting at Hongik University. He has long been fascinated by the lines of East Asian aesthetics. He started his career as a painter and installation artist, then became an interior designer.
Now he works not only as architect but also as art director at events that seek to modernize traditional Korean arts and crafts.
By Moon So-young [firstname.lastname@example.org]
The show runs through March 17. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. The exhibit is closed on Monday. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 2, and walk 10 minutes. For more information, visit www.hakgojae.com or call (02) 720-1524~6.