Exhibition

Joung Young-Ju

15 Jun 2020 – 5 Jul 2020

Regular opening hours

Monday
10:00 – 18:00
Tuesday
10:00 – 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 – 18:00
Thursday
10:00 – 18:00
Friday
10:00 – 18:00
Saturday
10:00 – 18:00
Sunday
Closed

Free admission

Albemarle Gallery

London
England, United Kingdom

Address

Travel Information

  • Sloane Square

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South Korean artist Joung Young-Ju paints unique cityscapes inspired by her native country. Softly lit at twilight, her works capture sprawling urban scenes that stretch beyond view, speckled with flickering lights that hint at a dense yet unseen human presence.

About

Born in 1970, Young-Ju spent her youth drawing the buildings in her village before leaving South Korea to study Fine Art in Paris. After graduating, she returned home where she climbed Nam Mountain and saw the downtown of Seoul, lit at dusk. While her paintings are rooted in such experiences, they are also symbolic of Korean society. The city or the hill village reflect poverty and affluence. The artful illumination of these spaces imbues the painted narrow streets, reclining walls and aged rooftops with authenticity; these spaces feel inherently lived-in.

Joung Young-Ju creates these images by crumpling and unfolding traditional Korean paper upon which she paints her work. By creasing, scratching and wrinkling the paper, the artist evokes a way of life that feels authentically dilapidated, used and reused; and yet it retains a distinctly warm and peaceful atmosphere. The medium itself has endured a wearing process, just as the buildings it presents. 

These paintings do not bautify or exaggerate, they are honest representations of exposed bricks, slate rooftops and rusted gates. These homes are reflections of their humble occupants, dimly lit and ageing, we are absorbed into this world at a fleeting moment of natural beauty before darkness descends. At the centre of this peaceful transition lies a sacred domestic routine, where each light represents a life, faintly glowing amongst the hum of the living city.

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