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Learning from Art
Hyojin Park, Sangsun Bae 
November 8 - December 17, 2022                                                                                         


Press Release

LB Contemporary is pleased to announce Hyojin Park and Sangsun Bae’s duo exhibition of The Dignity of Art from 8th November to 17th December 2022. The dignity in art refers to the true value or the majesty of the work. Having the dignity in art is to inspire understanding, consideration, and empathy for others. In this respect, Hyojin Park’s sculpture which stained with intense colors plays a role as a very dignified medium to persuade gracefully about the directivity of life while paradoxically expressing human desires and emptiness. At the same time, Sangsun Bae’s velvet painting which constitutes the canvas with monochrome and countless lines expresses the wavelength and depth of human relationships with accumulation of time, and it is sufficient to induces not only the artist herself but also the viewer to have self-reflection. Through this exhibition, we hope to the viewer experience the true value and dignity of artwork.

Artwork is a ‘spiritual and philosophical’ product made of form, color, material, technique and so on. Like humans, artworks that permeate the artist’s soul as human being have dignity. The artist gives dignity to the work she created, and the viewer shares the dignity. Like the dignity of human, the dignity of art comes from the attitude of artist toward the world. Therefore, the physical elements such as the colors and images that organize the work presents the sensuous beauty and pleasure, and it impresses the soul of the viewer. The free and delicate soul of the viewer communes with the artwork and accepts the dignity of work and makes them live a more mature life as a human being.


Hyojin Park borrows various gods from Western mythology and objects that implies dignity, sacredness, elegance, and beauty such as an oriental pottery which is a high-level cultural product, at the bottom of the sculpture. And on the top of sculpture is decorated with colorful bouquets of various artificial flowers with a mixture of colored resin as if blood or tears are flowing down. Her work looks like an ideal and fancy paradise with perfect combination of objects, but the emptiness, loneliness and sadness inherent in the work cannot ne hidden. The flowers that flow down as if they were withering after blooming are expressed the foolish of human in pursuit of an illusion and transient of life well as a meta-language. The gods represented as perfect human beings and the noble potteries which reached the peak of spiritual culture, by supporting the meaningless of glamorous life with difficulty, explain very paradoxically that life is worth of proceeding yet.

Sangsun Bae’s velvet painting is based on line painting and it constitutes a canvas in which faint shading appears by repeating and overlapping countless lines with diluted white gesso on black velvet. The lines that are mixed inside and out with accumulation of time represent the depth and wavelength of human relationships and it involves a deep interpretation and determination to life. The velvet painting has become a type of painting by forming one side with constantly repeating white lines in silence and concentration and spreading an infinite abyss in the black blank space without any drawing. The artist chose black velvet instead of canvas as the best material that minimizes reflection and absorbs light almost perfectly, and draw an infinite circle with gesso instead of oil paints even though it is extremely faint color of white to emphasize physical properties with solidity and structure.


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Hyojin Park
Bacchus, 2022
박효진_Tree Graces_50x55x76cm_fake flower, resin, color pigment_2020.jpg
Hyojin Park
Three Graces, 2020
Hyojin Park
Wisdom, 2020
Hyojin Park
Venus Floridity, 2020
Hyojin Park
Rejoicing, 2020
Sangsun Bae
Wave i, 2019
Sangsun Bae
Wave ii, 2019

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