The Morning Calm – Exhibition by contemporary Korean artists Insang Song & Korea Painting Association at The Indo – Korean Cultural and Information – InKo Centre, Chennai

exhibition featuring 7 contemporary artists from korea


The Morning Calm – Exhibition by contemporary Korean artists Insang Song & Korea Painting Association at The Indo – Korean Cultural and Information – InKo Centre, Chennai

– exhibition featuring 7 contemporary artists from korea

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The Morning Calm, is an art exhibition by contemporary Korean artists by Insang Song & Korea Painting Association at The Indo – Korean Cultural and Information – InKo Centre, Chennai. The Morning Calm an exhibition featuring 7 contemporary artists from Korea, focuses on the nature-friendly ideology as well as the quiet contemplative gaze integral to Korean traditional painting. Aligned with the calm before the morning breaks, the exhibition showcases myriad perspectives of this phenomenon through distinct visual language.

Message from the Artist & Curator – Insang Song

As the sun rises, morning unfolds its glory. Morning has many meanings. It can be a sign of a strong start to the day and it could also symbolize the moment of meeting a new world after a difficult period. Korean painting, based on Korea’s nature-friendly traditional ideology, contains a contemplative gaze on nature and a quiet, still moment just before conceiving something. It resembles the unfolding of the morning. All seven Korean painters will display the phenomenon of the ‘morning’, through a distinctive visual language.

About the Curator – Insang Song

Insang Song is an independent curator based in Seoul and New Delhi. He worked in the Art Museum of Seoul Art Center for more than 22 years, during which period, he planned more than thirty exhibitions and events including Hybrid Trend (30 artists from India and Korea, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, 2006), The Lamp of the East (presented by InKo Centre at Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai, 2010), Pink City Art Project (Jkk, Jaipur, India, 2011), While working as Art Director at the Korean Cultural Centre India (2012-2016), he curated Moving Korea (Korean Cultural Centre India, 2012), AMMA UMMA (India International Centre, Delhi, 2013). 1 L0tus 8 _Korean Zen Buddhism and Bodhidharma, (National Museum New Delhi, 2015). Chilika Art Sanctuary (tribal and folk painting from 7 countries, Odi Art Centre, Odisha, 2020-2021). He is currently is curating independent art projects and researching Indian tribal and traditional art.


About the Korea Painting Association

The Korea Painting Association was instituted for the purpose of promoting the excellence of Korean painting that reflects the aesthetic consciousness of the Korean people and to contribute to the development of Korean painting. This organization annually presents the ‘Korean Painting Day’ event and regularly holds exhibitions and academic events related to Korean painting.

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Kim Chun Ok – Nature – Relationship

Kim Chun Ok’s lotus paintings are inspired by the lotus in traditional Korean folk painting but with her own interpretation. In Korean traditional folk painting, the lotus flower symbolizes basic human desires such as fertility, abundance, happiness, and peace.

The artist draws the lotus flower by layering several layers of thick Hanji paper and then using ink smears on top of it. She enjoys and gives meaning to the process of completing the work itself. The artist then interacts with the layers of paper, creating new connections and stories.

Hur Jin – Nomadic Animals + Human-Civilization

Hur Jin comes from a prestigious family of Korean painters, and his paintings are based on tradition, but he does not stop at inheritance, but brings a contemporary agenda to his work that traditional painters have not attempted.

In his series “Nomadic Animals+Humans + Civilization,” which is part of this exhibition, he emphasizes animals (zebras, deer) and gives them texture, while humans are monochromatic as a unit and float around the paper-canvas. This reverses the one-sided convention and reveals the artist’s rebellious temperament.

Yang Jeongmu – Interactions between Emotion and Scenery A Full Moon The Place of Help

From the perspective of his religion, Yang Jeongmu’s depictions of nature serve as a mirror to remind humans of their creator. The artist believes that when humans encounter nature, they experience a purification of the mind and a restoration of the tired and sick body.

Perhaps that’s why his landscape paintings, featuring pine trees and the moon, are so lyrical and serene, dreamy and pure, and even mystical in their healing properties. Formally, they closely follow the techniques of traditional landscape painting.


Park Minhee – Secret Garden

Park Minhee draws inspiration from traditional Korean patchwork porcelain and folk paintings to create her work. The artist takes the compositional method of dividing the color surface of a traditional carving board and processes it in his own way.

pasting colored Hanji (Korean paper) in a collage format to bring out the unique texture of hanji, and reinterpreting birds and animals, which are everyday subjects in Korean folk tales, for today’s viewers.


Cho Inho – Leave the World

Cho Inho’s paintings are ink wash paintings that contain his own individuality while faithfully following the traditional Korean painting technique of paper, brush, and ink. His paintings are drawn by sketching the mountains he encounters in his daily life and reconstructing them on the paper.

As seen in the title of the work <leave the world>, the artist expressed the world of utopia’ that he encounters away from the mundane world, full of the energy of the mountain. The artist is directing his eyes to the beauty of nature untouched by human hands.



Song Keunyoung – See Spring

Song Keunyoung’s painting is a still life that reinterprets the traditional plum blossom paintings of Korean Sagunja painting, which focused on symbolism and meaning. While there is a certain atmosphere of a traditional literati still life painting, the subtle colors, restrained composition, and dignity of the plum blossoms evoke the warmth of spring.

In the collective memory of Koreans, the plum blossom is a representative flower that signals the beginning of spring after overcoming the harsh cold. These plum blossom works seem to be a metaphor for the current situation of overcoming the pandemic with the wonders of spring.


Jeong Jun-kyo – Tree Image in Psychological State

Jeong Jun-kyo’s work borrows the symbolic symbol of the tree. The trees are references to trees in nature, but they are newly constructed as the artist interacts with nature, reflecting his aesthetic rooted in traditional Korean painting.

His work is characterized by a mix of eastern and western techniques, primarily applying hanji to the canvas, adding acrylics, buncheo, and stone chips, and using ink to complete the tree.

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