Balance_ Jeong, Hae Jin
(2017. 11. 15 – 12. 4)

The masterpieces in the galleries and museums of the world have strength and a way to impress people just with their name. Because their explication represents what life was like at the time and background of each artists’ unique ability, we can see the common tone and life of specific periods, see how people built relationships, and see what kind of direction they had for the future within their society. The power of masterpieces influences us still and keeps close ties with contemporary art by extending artists’ individuality and their works’ formativeness. Art culture has fundamentally changed depending on the environment and society of the time. And today’s art culture does not limit expression. Many contemporary artists pay homage to the paintings in history, and suggest new ways of working by making parody, satire or change.
Hye-jin Jung applies the technique of the Goryeo Buddhist painting to images of the famous Western painting, and delicately reveals the difference of her subject. In the process, the artist does not simply borrow images of famous Western paintings but plays with them like a leopard pattern. This pattern represents power and wealth based on the idea of militancy in the tradition of Korea, and at the same time reminds us of the excellence of traditional Korean paintings’ colors.