Hee Hyoun Chung
7th Solo Exhibition
“The Way of Winds”
November 29–December 31, 2017
Opening reception: Saturday, December 2, 5–7 pm
Foundry Gallery, 2118 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Colors the Wind is Bringing From the Garden, acrylic on canvas, 58 x 96 inches (147 x 244 cm) diptych
Sitting by the fireside, I listen to the wind howling at a row of pine trees bordering my house. All the different pitches of wind get amplified in the chimney, and I am flooded with memories of various winds—the piercing snow wind on ski slopes in the Alps, the desert sand wind in Wadi Rum, the sea wind in Nantucket, the mischievous wind bringing the spring into my garden. Floating through my mind are the vicarious winds of El Greco’s “View of Toledo,” in “Beethoven’s Storm,” and in the phrase, “The brunt wind that dented the balls of my eyes” in the poem “Wind” by Ted Hughes. A gust of wind rattles the window. Exhilarated, I open it and see whipping branches move to-and-fro in chaos. Blow! Blow me free. Blow away all the unworthy thoughts, so I can paint the sounds and sights of the winds on a blank canvas.
Dancing Wind, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 84 inches (122 x 214 cm) diptych
Into the Wind, acrylic on canvas, 56 x 78 inches (142 x 195 cm)
Two Person Exhibition (with B. Truesdale)
February 1–26, 2017
Yearning, acrylic on canvas, 42 x 48 inches (107 x 122 cm)
These paintings are based on my memories from a town called Cuenca, Spain that I traveled through many years ago. Walking away from the tourist attractions, I suddenly came upon an alley lined with charming houses which had casual colorful gardens facing the passersby.There was nothing grand to impress the travelers but I felt a flash of joy for its unpretentious and simple beauty.
6th Solo Exhibition
“Pairing Up, Paring Down”
Rainbow of Purples in the Uncertainty of Time, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 72 inches (91 x 183 cm) diptych
Inspiration comes from the essence of poetry—the best words in the best order—and from my love for words. Abstract painting and poetry use similar elements of composition—repetition, variation, space, and tone—to express an emotion and an idea. Metaphors and allusions conveyed through a poem’s reductive use of words are all the more moving. My hope is to create silent poems on the canvases. The titles of my work are inspired by the poems of E. E. Cummings, Ted Hughes, and Pablo Neruda.
5th Solo Exhibition
Moon Perpetuating Desert Mountains, acrylic on canvas, 79 x 142 inches (201 x 437 cm)
The inspiration for these paintings comes from the distant memories of the desolate yet majestic beauty of the deserts—Death Valley of California, Sahara of Egypt, Wadi Rum of Jordan—I have traveled through in the past. My memories are not of the geographic features but of my feelings and inspired imagination at the sight of these landscapes.
4th Solo Exhibition
“Through Music All Around”
Piano, Piano, only Piano, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 156 inches (183 x 396 cm) triptych
In this exhibition, I attempt to translate pulsating rhythms into visual music on silent canvases, realizing that music and painting have parallel composition elements—contrast, variation, leitmotif, texture. Music draws me into my inward passion and yearning to go beyond the tangible and concrete and to be utterly free.
3rd Solo Exhibition
“Memory of Landscape”
Mountains, arm in arm: Monch-Trugberg-Jungfrau-Ono-Eiger, charcoal on paper, 168 x 210 in (91 x 533 cm)
Matterhorn Variations, charcoal on paper, 66 x 126 inches (168 x 320 cm)
As a longtime skier, I extract the images and imaginations of the winter mountains, as if getting cash, from my memory bank. The best thing about skiing is being at the top of the world surrounded by the snow-covered majestic mountains and listening to the howling wind with no other people around. I choose charcoal as a drawing medium on the huge sized paper to reflect the immensity of the mountains.
2nd Solo Exhibition
Ravello, acrylic on canvas, 58 x 93 inches (147 x 236 cm) triptych
(Ravello is an Italian town frequented by Richard Wagner, Joan Miro, Tennessee Williams, Virginia Woolf.)
1st Solo Exhibition
Valley Village #1 and Valley Village #2, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 42 inches (122 x 107 cm)
© Hee Hyoun Chung 2017