JanKossen Contemporary is pleased to present The Word of Prayer, the gallery’s third solo exhibition featuring works by Korean artist Suh Jeong Min.
Suh’s work presents a rich and traditional subject matter with sleek geometric designs and flowing rhythmic patterns. His process begins by collecting handmade Hanji paper from Buddhist temples and traditional calligraphists’ studios; the latter a source of discarded works and sketches, and the former a home of prayers that were written and deposited. After collecting the paper, Suh glues and rolls the Hanji and carefully mounts hundreds of rolls on a handmade wooden board and frame.
By bearing evidence to the ink applied by past owners, the paper exists in two worlds; they pay homage to their previous life as prayers and calligraphy–orienting viewers to Suh’s cultural background, while simultaneously telling the stories that Suh positions them to tell.
Suh Jeong Min’s subject matter ranges from spirituality to depictions of Korean architecture and ephemeral sensations. In all that they depict, the content of the work is rooted in a cultural and religious framework which reflects the contemporary thinker’s reverence for the past.
This will be Suh’s first solo show in the USA. The artist lives and works in Seoul, Korea.