14/07/2022 - 20/08/2022
New Work - Painting
Koo Jeong A - [YONG DONG]
Tue-Fri: 10-6pm; Sat: 11-6pm
Meaning ‘face of the east’ in Korean, [ YONG DONG ] features a new series of paintings of a red, three-headed eagle – the artist's play on a familiar South Korean amulet that is worn to ward off evil spirits. During the Coronavirus lockdowns, Koo kept finding themselves drawn to the motif of the eagle – a migratory bird with no restrictions, a symbol of freedom, lightness and strength.
The artist’s compositions of the monstrous bird perched on a rocky crag are based on the landscape of Hakdong Park and Dosan Daero in Seoul, where golden eagles could often be seen feasting on animal carcasses. After years of increasing urban development, the natural environment has subsequently diminished.
The exhibition also features new works the Seven Stars series, where hand-drawn, red, linear stars converge and collide. A continuation of their interest in the innate connectivity between earthly and universal matter, for Koo Jeong A these works exemplify the ways in which the energies of our bodies and those of the stars are not only aligned but intricately woven together.
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