by Hyun Jeung
Private View: Thursday 17th April 6.00 - 8.00 pm
Exhibition: 18th April - 7th May 2014
Korean printmaker and ceramist Hyun Jeung returns to MOKSPACE this spring for her second solo exhibition, Jardins croisés (Interwoven gardens).
Jeung's most recent prints trace her journey from her home country, South Korea, to her current home, Tunisia, as tender, nostalgic images of East Asian gingkos spring up alongside delicate impressions of North African poppies.
Jeung's PhD thesis, which she completed at the Université de Paris I, explored the enigmatic, productive space that opens up in the printmaking process between the engraved, painted wooden matrix and a sheet of paper awaiting impression. By printing onto each sheet of paper multiple times with each matrix, she produces unpredictably coloured and textured composite impressions, and thus repetition is the key to novelty.
This spring at MOKSPACE, Jeung's wooden matrices are displayed alongside her prints as individual works of art, providing a window onto her printmaking journey and inviting spectators to tease apart the layers of her gingko and poppy prints. Both technically and thematically, then, Jardins croisés explores the interaction between organic fibres and forms (wood and paper; gingkos and poppies) – a celebration of nature's bounty, which accompanies the arrival of spring in London.
About the artistAfter studying plastic arts at Bachelor's, Master's and PhD level at the Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), Korean artist Hyun Jeung relocated to Tunisia, where she now lives and works. Notably, she also studied printmaking at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris for one year under the tutelage of printmaker and painter Jean-Pierre Pincemin, and has undertaken training in Chinese woodblock printing in Beijing. She has been shortlisted twice for the GRAV'X Prize – a printing prize awarded every two years by the Gravix Foundation – and she won first prize for printmaking in 2002 at the Salon des artistes de la Ville de Paris. Her work has also been acquired by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Tunisian Ministry of Culture.
Selected Exhibitions2014: Galerie Impressions, Paris, France