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Kwang Young Chun (born Hongchun, South Korea, 1944). Aggregation 17–NV089, 2017. Mixed media with Korean mulberry paper, 723/4 x 633/4 in. (184.8 x 162 cm). Courtesy of Young Hwan Jeong


                          
                          Kwang Young Chun (born Hongchun, South Korea, 1944). Aggregation 17–NV089, 2017. Mixed media with Korean mulberry paper, 723/4 x 633/4 in. (184.8 x 162 cm). Courtesy of Young Hwan Jeong

Kwang Young Chun (born Hongchun, South Korea, 1944). Aggregation 17–NV089, 2017. Mixed media with Korean mulberry paper, 723/4 x 633/4 in. (184.8 x 162 cm). Courtesy of Young Hwan Jeong

<p>Kwang Young Chun (Korean, born 1944). <em>Aggregation 09–D071 Blue</em>, 2009. Mixed media with Korean mulberry paper, 44<sup>1</sup>/<sub>2</sub> x 76<sup>3</sup>/<sub>4</sub> in. (113 x 195 cm). Courtesy of Young Hwan Jeong</p>

Kwang Young Chun (Korean, born 1944). Aggregation 09–D071 Blue, 2009. Mixed media with Korean mulberry paper, 441/2 x 763/4 in. (113 x 195 cm). Courtesy of Young Hwan Jeong

<p>Kwang Young Chun (Korean, born 1944). <em>Aggregation 15–AU043</em>, 2015. Mixed media with Korean mulberry paper, 64 x 51<sup>1</sup>/<sub>2</sub> in. (162.6 x 130.8 cm). Courtesy of Young Hwan Jeong<br />
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Kwang Young Chun (Korean, born 1944). Aggregation 15–AU043, 2015. Mixed media with Korean mulberry paper, 64 x 511/2 in. (162.6 x 130.8 cm). Courtesy of Young Hwan Jeong
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<p>Kwang Young Chun (Korean, born 1944). <em>Aggregation 17–SE078</em>, 2017. Mixed media with Korean mulberry paper, 72 x 61<sup>1</sup>/<sub>2</sub> in. (182.9 x 156.2 cm). Courtesy of Young Hwan Jeong</p>

Kwang Young Chun (Korean, born 1944). Aggregation 17–SE078, 2017. Mixed media with Korean mulberry paper, 72 x 611/2 in. (182.9 x 156.2 cm). Courtesy of Young Hwan Jeong

Kwang Young Chun: Aggregations

November 16, 2018–July 28, 2019

Arts of Asia and the Middle East, 2nd Floor

South Korean artist Kwang Young Chun combines hundreds of paper-wrapped parcels to create sculptural compositions, called Aggregations, that look like crystal formations, asteroids, or the surface of the moon. The Aggregations are simultaneously Space Age and nostalgic, beautiful and violent, powerful and fragile. They draw on the artist’s training in abstract painting as well as memories of his childhood, when Korean apothecaries sold medicine in similar little bundles.

Each parcel is wrapped in old book pages, printed in the traditional manner on Korea’s celebrated mulberry-pulp paper, called hanji. Chun likens the parcels to cells or units of information, and sees analogies to both chemistry and the human condition in the ways that the parcels interact physically: sometimes meshing, sometimes clashing. He compares the fragmentary passages of text on the wrappers—most taken from classics of Korean and Chinese philosophy—to voices overheard in a crowd.

The installation features six works by Chun—five wall pieces and one that is freestanding—presented adjacent to Korean objects relating to writing, reading, and paper that are part of our Arts of Korea galleries.

Kwang Young Chun: Aggregations is curated by Joan Cummins, Lisa and Bernard Selz Senior Curator of Asian Art, Brooklyn Museum.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Young Hwan Jeong. Additional support is provided by The Korea Society of New York.