Dansaekhwa – “monochrome painting” – is a style of abstract painting that arose during the second half of the 1970s, combining Korean aesthetics and Far Eastern philosophy with Western modernist practice. Dansaekhwa artists used the ideas of ancient eastern philosophical schools, in particular Buddhism and Taoism, to explain their work, which was, rather, an artistic act.
If you look closely at the details of the paintings of artists of this movement, you can see that the surface is composed of numerous small textures of the material, made by countless repeated application and removal of strokes. Such a repeated, long act of creation reminds the long and very painful meditation of a Buddhist monk in an attempt to achieve nirvana. This incomplete process of searching for the deepest truths of oriental philosophical teachings by “talking” the artist with the material and creating a “silent” picture is the main goal of this artistic movement.
Dansaekhwa is a movement that focuses on the exploration of monochromic colors, and explores how those colors induce a meditative state within an individual. Being a deeply religious person, Hyun spends a lot of time in prayers before starting work. She continues the dialogue with the sacred:
"All the touches and strokes I use are inscriptions of the dialogues with the sacred. These inscriptions are based on Korean alphabet characters and glyphs. When I create my reliefs onto the canvases, I think of myself as a scribe that is carving messages from the heavenly force into the worldly materials of stones and pumice. And with these inscriptions, I hope viewers will be able to reflect upon them and gain insights they could have not achieved beforehand".
Photograph: Boccara Art
About the Artist:
1992 ~ 1993 . Instructor at Han Yong Womean's College
1991 . MFA Sculpture at Ewha University in Seoul, Korea
1986 . BFA Sculpture at Ewha University in Seoul, Korea
2020. PREMACO LasArtes Monterrey
2020 . BOCCARA ART Mexico Gallery Solo Exhibition
2019 . Distant Haptics BOCCARA ART (Brooklyn Gallery, NY)
2018 . BOCCARA ART Solo Exhibition 2018 (Brooklyn Gallery, NY)
2018 . Cloud - MUZEO Museum Invitation Exhibition (12/22. 2018 ~ 3/11.
2018 . Invitation Exhibition at Center Gallery (Anaheim, USA)
2017 . Exhibition at Yacht Club (Monaco)
2016 . MUZEO Art Museum and Cultural Center (Anaheim, USA)
2014 . MUZEO Art
Museum and Cultural Center (Anaheim, USA)
2002 . Gallery 3 (Fullerton, USA)
2001 . Exhibition at Elizabeth Edwards Fine Art and Bonnie Boisits (Palm
Desert, USA) .
2000 . Exhibition at Elizabeth Edwards Fine Art (Laguna Beach, USA)
1998 . Exhibition at Cerritos Library (Cerritos, USA)
1991 . Exhibition at Hyundai Gallery (Seoul, Korea)
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2020 . Asia Week NewYork 2020
2019 . KIAF (Seoul | South Korea)
2019 . Art Miami (Miami Art Basel Week, USA)
2019 . Art Central Hong Kong
2019 . LA Art Show
2019 . Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary
2019 . Art New York
2018 . Art Miami (Miami Art Basel Week, USA)
2018 . Art Shanghai 2018 (Shanghai, China)
2018. Art New York
2018. Art Palm Beach (Florida, USA)
2017. Made in California at Brea Gallery (Brea,USA)
2002 . Palm Springs International Art Fair (Palm Springs, USA)
1995 . Korea
Fine Art Grand Exhibition (Seoul, Korea)