BY JAMES FARRELL
Flushing Town Hall will host an art exhibit—beginning on April 22—that displays the works of three contemporary Korean artists specializing in the techniques of Goryeo Buddhist paintings.
The exhibition, “Mystic and Glamourous,” will run through May 3— which is the Buddha’s birthday, according to the traditional lunar calendar— and feature the works of Joy Rock, Chang Ho Kang and Seoung Jo Hyun. Their work highlights a renaissance in Korean fine arts during the Goryeo Dynasty. Those traditional techniques will be discussed in more detail during a lecture and demonstration at Flushing Town Hall on April 22.
Goryeo was a kingdom from 918 to 1392 that was deeply rooted in the religious traditions of Buddhism. The kingdom spent 30 years fighting against the Mongols before re-establishing its capital of Gaegyeong in 1270. The 160 original Buddhist paintings from Goryeo that still exist today are all from this period after 1270. These paintings were created on silk with gold powder.
There are three distinguished genres of art from the Goryeo Dynasty, including the Goryeo Buddhist Painting, Goryeo pottery and Goryeo Sutra Transcribing Art.
“As our mission is to bring people together by presenting global arts programming our gallery and theatre, we welcome the opportunity to present these wonderful artists and guests who have traveled to us from around the globe,” said Ellen Kodadek, who is Flushing Town Hall’s executive and artistic director. “We are delighted to host this magnificent and informative exhibition.”
Joy Rock, Chang Ho Kang and Seoung Jo Hyun all have long and distinguished careers that have focused on the styles of Buddhist painting. They have received masters in fine arts in Buddhist painting at the Korean private school Yongin University. They currently serve in research roles and have had their works presented in solo and group exhibitions. The event will be held in conjunction with the New York Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation.
“We hope Americans would have a chance to get to know and appreciate Goryeo Buddhist Paintings as we plan to expand the exhibition to other cities in the United States,” said Jeeyoung Kim, chairwoman of the Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation. “The high quality of Goryeo Buddhist Paintings is already acknowledged, but during the Chosun Dynasty, its heritage did not continue. A small number of devoted artists are uncovering and reestablishing the genre.”
The exhibition will kick off with an opening ceremony on April 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free, but there is a suggested $5 donation. For more information, visit www.flushingtownhall.org or call (718) 463-7700, extension 122.
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