Axel Vervoordt Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Chung Chang-Sup (Cheongju, 1927–Seoul, 2011). The exhibition features works from the artist's forty-year quest to master his technique with tak, a natural material that's made from the inner bark of the mulberry—a native tree in Korea. Works from Chung's three most important series, 'Return', 'Tak', and 'Meditation' (in chronological order), are juxtaposed in the installation.
A significant confluence of historical events seem to contrast with Chung's contemplative memories during the period these works were created: Korea's turbulent history during the Japanese occupation at the time Chung was born; the grip of the antagonism caused by the Cold War afterward; until the foundation of South Korea in 1948; the subsequent Korean war; and eventually the processes associated with 'modernisation' and the search for a cultural identity.
Press release courtesy Axel Vervoordt Gallery.