Painter-poet Choi Wook-kyung invitations us to her artwork ‘wonderland’

An installation view of “Wook-kyung Choi, Alice’s Cat” at MMCA Gwacheon (MMCA)

An set up view of “Wook-kyung Choi, Alice’s Cat” at MMCA Gwacheon (MMCA)

Korean summary artist Choi Wook-kyung pioneered an summary artwork of her personal from the Nineteen Sixties to the Nineteen Eighties when feminine artists didn’t obtain a lot consideration in Korea.

Touring backwards and forwards between Korea and the US, Choi established her personal portray type with out being concerned in any of the artwork actions of the occasions.

Born in 1940, Choi studied portray at Seoul Nationwide College and went to the US in 1963 in pursuit of increasing her artwork world. 

“Tightrope Walking” by Choi Wook-kyung (MMCA)

“Tightrope Strolling” by Choi Wook-kyung (MMCA)

The exhibition “Wook-kyung Choi, Alice’s Cat” on the Nationwide Museum of Fashionable and Modern Artwork, Korea in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province, is the artist’s second large-scale retrospective on the museum. The primary was held in 1987, two years after she died of a coronary heart assault.

“Choi’s artwork doesn’t belong to any of Korea’s mainstream artwork, neither within the Informalism of the Nineteen Sixties, ‘dansaekhwa’ of the Nineteen Seventies nor ‘minjung’ artwork of the Nineteen Eighties,” curator Jeon Yu-shin informed The Korea Herald. “We have to additional research her artwork and extra efforts must be made to outline her artwork within the context of Korean artwork historical past.”

Since her demise, Choi’s work has typically been seen as “pessimistic,” Jeon stated. Her premature demise on the age of 45 and rumors that she had tried to kill herself by overdosing on sleeping capsules, compounded the lingering notion.

“Now, we live within the 2000s, it’s time to reconstruct the notion about her artwork,” she added. 

An installation view of “Wook-kyung Choi, Alice’s Cat” at MMCA Gwacheon (MMCA)

An set up view of “Wook-kyung Choi, Alice’s Cat” at MMCA Gwacheon (MMCA)

The title of the exhibition was impressed by Choi’s early portray, “Alice, Fragment of Reminiscence” created in 1965, a couple of years after she arrived within the US, and her poem “Alice’s Cat” which was included within the e book of her poetry, “Like Unfamiliar Faces,” printed in 1972.

The yr she unveiled “Alice Fragment of Reminiscence” coincided with the one hundredth anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” As a Korean painter who had simply began to discover American artwork, Choi would have empathized with “Alice in Wonderland,” in response to the MMCA. 

Choi earned a Grasp of High quality Arts diploma at Cranbrook Academy of Artwork in 1965 and completed the residency program run by the Skowhegan Faculty of Portray & Sculpture in Maine. After returning to South Korea in 1979, she served as a professor at Yeungnam College and commenced to discover mountain ridges of the Gyeongsang provinces and islands off the coast of these provinces.

Choi Wook-kyung’s diverse self-portraits and poetry are on display at the exhibition “Wook-kyung Choi, Alice’s Cat.” (Park Yuna/The Korea Herald)

Choi Wook-kyung’s numerous self-portraits and poetry are on show on the exhibition “Wook-kyung Choi, Alice’s Cat.” (Park Yuna/The Korea Herald)

The retrospective sheds gentle on Choi’s literary expertise, presenting her poetry alongside along with her work.

The exhibition runs till Feb. 13 at MMCA Gwacheon. The museum lifted restrictions on the variety of guests beginning Monday as a part of the federal government’s “dwelling with COVID-19” scheme.

Quite a few Choi’s works are included within the presently touring exhibition “Girls in Abstraction,” organized by the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

By Park Yuna ([email protected])