Seungean CHA
(b. 1974, Korea Republic)
I create paintings through weaving method in reference to Korean and Western modern abstract paintings. I intend to revisit the era of Korean abstract art in 1960-70s and examine how the Western style, which was introduced without historical context, was defined in Korea, and discover the conditions to update the current issues. Now, as we experience the past as vivid as the present and flattened space and time due to the effects of various media including smart devices, is the time to rearrange the past with time and experience that are entwined due to rapid modernization. Weaving is the kind of method that has set time sequence that is incapable of rapid growth. I chose it as the method to realize the topic, in the sense that it won’t proceed to the next step without going through the time and process. Using my own hands to weave the canvas, I dye the weft and warp threads, build patterns by inserting colored threads, or paint on the complete canvas in reference to the icon in abstract painting. I would like to examine what was defined too soon in the past and what the abstract paintings that are meaningful now are by incarnating the image of handicraft labor, the loom, that can’t skip over time.
Solo Exhibitions (Selected)
2017: Hairy Fairy Stain, Gallery Royal, Korea
2017: Seundja Helen, Sophis Gallery, Korea
2017: Monochrome Swatch, 63Art, Korea
2016: Brewed Surface, Youngean Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
2014: Agnes and Seunghwans, Salon de H, Seoul, Korea
2012: Between and Beyond, Gallery Dos, Seoul, Korea
2011: Be still and Know, Kepco Art Center Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Group Exhibitions (Selected)
2018: Flatland, Kumho Museum of Art, Korea
2018: with weft, with warp, Seoul Museum of Art, Korea
2018: Painter's Touch, Gana Art Busan, Korea
2018: SeMA New Acquisition; Heaven, Earth & Man, Seoul Museum of Art, Korea
2017: Korean’s Spirit, Artvera’s Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland
2017: JCC Frontier Art Award, JCC Museum of Art, Korea
2017: Rethinking Craft, Seoul Museum of Art, Korea
2017: Craft Climax, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Korea
2017: Future with Arts, Daegu Art Factory, Korea
2017: From Flatness, 021Gallery, Korea
2017: Meditation & Material, Atelier aki, Korea
2016: Art Around, Space CAN, Korea
2016: Shall We, Seongnam Arts Center, Korea
2015: Crossing Plane: Unit, Layer, Nostalgia, Illmin Museum of Art, Korea
2015: Do Dream Museum Opening Exhibition, Korea
2015: Soma Drawing: Mindful Mindless, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Korea
2015: Beauty and Happiness, Cheong-ju International Craft Biennale, Korea
2015: Art Road 77, Heyri, Korea
2015: Guild of Artistic, Gallery Yeh, Korea
2014: Lesson for Mundi Vita, Seoul Museum of Art, Korea
2014: Collaboration, Youngean Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
2014: Degree 0, Gyeonggi Creation Center, Korea
2014: Whispering of Layers, Gallery Absinthe, Korea
2014: New Hero, Blue Square Nemo, Korea
2013: The Breath of Fresh, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Korea
2013: Korea Tomorrow, Seoul Art Center, Korea
2013: Digital ARTEXMODA, Art Museum KNU, Deagu, Korea
2013: Over the Surface, Gallery Seensee, Seoul, Korea
2013: Spirit of Materiality, Yoojung Art Center Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2013: Studio 1/36, Gyeonggi Creation Center, Debudo, Korea
2012: Breath of the City, Dejeon Museum of Art, Dejeon,Korea
2012: 123Project, Gyeonggi Creation Center, Debudo, Korea
2011: The border of Materials, Nanji Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2010: How we connect, Sullivan Gallery, Chicago, USA
2010: Midnite Snacks, 1366 Space, Chicago, USA
Artist Residencies
2018: The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation Artist in Residency, Connecticut, USA
2017: Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, Korea
2016: Youngean Artist in Residence, Korea
2013: Seoul Art Space Sindang, Korea
2012: Gyeonggi Creation Center, Gyeonggi Do, Korea
2011: Nanji Art Studio, Seoul, Korea
2009: Women's Studio Workshop, NewYork, USA
Awards
2018: international residency Grant, Arts Council Korea
2018: Art Support Program Grant, Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, Korea
2017: JCC Frontier Art Award Second Prize, Korea
2016: Grant for New Work, Naver Cultural Foundation, Korea
2014: Art Support Program Grant, Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, Korea
2013: Grant for New Work, Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation, Korea
2013: Selected Artist, Public Art Magazine, Korea
2012: Grant for Solo Exhibition, Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, Korea
2001: JoongAng Fine Art Competition, Awarded the prize

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