Gallery: Axel Vervoordt Gallery
Artist(s): Ryuji Tanaka
Opening / Event Date: 19 Oct, 2019
Closing / End Date: 1 Feb, 2020
Hong Kong—Pearl Lam Galleries is delighted to present Korean artist Hoon Kwak’s first Hong Kong solo exhibition Halaayt: Passages of Transcendence across its two galleries in Hong Kong. On display at H Queen’s are a selection of paintings from the Tea Bowls series (1980) and Incantation series (1980), as well as two site-specific installations Kalpa/Sound: What Marco Polo Left Behind (1995), Poem (2012). A recent series of paintings titled Halaayt is featured at the Pedder Building.
Halaayt: Passages of Transcendence sheds light on the different trajectories of Kwak’s energetic and provocative art practice that covers a period of over 40 years. Fascinated by the ways in which we relate with nature through earthly and physical means, he breaks down the cultural boundaries by celebrating the universal values that make us human in the first place. Like a contemporary archaeologist of Korean antiquity, Kwak incorporates visual symbols from his past into his paintings to transcend notions of temporality and represent perseverance and survival in an increasingly fragmented world. The artist’s distinctive expressionist language deviates from the emphasis on flatness and monochromatic qualities of Dansaekhwa painting, a post war movement that originated in the 1970’s.