Francesca Cho in Dolphin Square group show

Hidden behind the walls of the beautiful 1930s apartments of Dolphin Square in Pimlico lies a hidden gem – the exquisitely kept Moroccan Gardens. To mark the relaunch of the gardens Collective Studios has invited artists from across ACAVA studios together with additional selected guests to show their current work in an inaugural exhibition.

Fundamental Elementals
Fundamental Elementals. Francesca Cho (2001). Oil & mixed media on canvas, 52 x 52 cm

In anticipation of her forthcoming exhibition in the autumn (details to be announced shortly) Francesca Cho will be showing an oil and mixed media on canvas at this group show.

Contemporary Art Exhibition at
The Moroccan Gardens,
Dolphin Square,

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July 2011
11am – 5pm

Private view: Friday 15th July,
6pm – 9pm
Drinks available from Dolphin Bar and Grill
Music by The Vaults Quartet

Samulnori at the Korean Food Fest

This Saturday, 9 July, is the annual Korean Food Festival at the Fountain Pub in New Malden (120 Malden Road, New Malden KT3 6DD), from midday until late afternoon. KAA member and samulnori drummer Jeung Hyun Choi will be doing a samulnori performance at around 12:30 with some of her drumming students. If you are interested in Korean food and music, it will be a great chance to enjoy them both in the Fountain’s large beer garden.

The Food Fest, part of the New Malden Fortnight, is always a fun and lively event, with loads of food stalls and entertainments.

Korean Food Festival

Yun-Kyung Jeong: Axonometric

AXONOMETRIC / 11/05/11 – 04/06/11

Exhibition runs: 11th May to 4th June 2011
Location: 36 South Molton Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 5AB

Yun-Kyung Jeong

SUMARRIA LUNN is proud to present a solo exhibition of work by Yun-Kyung Jeong. Axonometry has played a part in artistic practice for centuries. In essence, it means to ‘skew’ perspective. Now an invaluable tool for engineers, axonometric projection involves showing an object or structure in orthographic projection; foreshortening each plane of the viewing surface so they can be observed in relation to one another. With a power to fortify our perception of the world around us, in its most basic form axonometric perspective taps into our desire to see more, touch more, experience more. While much of Yun Kyung Jeong’s work draws on the application of axonometry it is this broader motivation to unveil new realms to the viewer that can be found throughout her work. These are landscapes, but in the loosest sense of the word.

Jeong’s paintings are best understood as representations of utopia; repetition and space are Jeong’s play things in these worlds. Constructed from the duplication of a single recognisable, yet slightly amorphous motif, her canvases are teaming with shapes and structures that seem to move or flow over one another. The forms are ambiguous but undoubtedly create in each case some sense of space, be it natural, architectural or both. Along side flatter, more graphic sections she often uses axonometry to create a mixture of depth and foreshortening that would be impossible in any sense of space as we know it. Unlike Esher, famous for creating prints and drawings of ‘impossible’ spaces using a similar technique, this element of her work is included not to undermine our understanding of reality but to enhance it.

Whether in collision or cohesion, Jeong’s work is also bound up with the meeting of opposites. In her paintings architecture-meets-nature, East-meets-West and tradition-meets-technology. Having studied, worked and exhibited in both England and Korea, her work thrives on the meeting of these two cultural traditions. Looking at a painting viewers might pick out the flowing curve of a waterfall or a tree branch only to realise it could just as easily be the arch or dome of a structure. It is in the ambiguity of the forms in her work that architectural and natural forms collide, but surprisingly this is also where eastern and western philosophies meet. While in the eastern tradition man is seen in harmony with nature, in the west under Christianity man has traditionally been seen as ruling over nature. The architectural forms in Jeong’s work are often equally evocative of forms in nature in that they reference Gothic architecture; one of the few western traditions that was intended to harmonise with nature. For Jeong the natural is utopian, but this does not mean the exclusion of architecture.

Axonometric Jungle is seemingly forged of climbing plants and flying buttresses, towering spires and the bows of entwined tree branches: a fusion that is given voice through intricate patterns of Jeong’s recognisable single motif. Its warped perspectives enlighten the viewer to a complex maze of twisting forms which like waterfalls seem to flow impossibly through the space. One of the artist’s new works, Axonometric Jungle has broached a new realm of colour, bringing in earthly reds and sky blues alongside her characteristic monochromatic topiary-like constructions. Alongside her leaf-like motif are now tiles and planes that cut new levels of geometric complexity across the structures in her work. Each cluster of new shapes has appeared organically, and with the spontaneity of application that has remained the central thread to her work.

A further set of subtle experiments has seen digital technology meet more traditional modes of painting in Jeong’s latest work. While her paintings are predominantly executed on un-primed canvas, these new digital and painted works use Microfibre, a fine woven vivid white fabric as a base. This material allows Jeong to explore further the idea of repetition. While repetition of a motif or form by hand has a certain aesthetic (due to the margin of human error) the digital repetition of a painted form is absolute and exact creating a very different feel. In this new strand she employs ‘work outside of the work’; separate, smaller paintings created independently of the canvas. These miniature compositions are photographed and digitally edited, then steam-printed onto the Microfibre to form a tiled background. This printed surface is then completed with a further layer of hand painting. This combination of different aesthetics of repetition, caused by the meeting of tradition and technology, creates a new hybrid style.

Yun-Kyung Jeong is a graduate of Ewha University (Seoul), Slade School of Fine Art and Goldsmiths. Solo exhibitions include The Song Am Culture Foundation/OCI Museum, Seoul (2010). Groups shows include KIAF – Korea International Art Fair, with SUMARRIA LUNN//Hanmi Gallery, Seoul (2010), Invisible Bond, Korean Cultural Centre, London (2010), T-R-A-C-E, Shan Hyu Museum, China (2010), Natural Recurrence, SUMARRIA LUNN, London (2009), Long Nights, William Angel Gallery, London (2008), 4482: Korean Contemporary Art, London (2008), SFA Alsop Architecture, London (2007), MiKi, Gallery Cott, Seoul (2006) and Uterus, Space Achim, Seoul (2005). The artist is recipient of a number of awards incuding the Renaissance Art Prize (2008) and the Foster Fletcher Prize (2008).

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Yun-Kyung Jeong – Axonometric

Exhibition runs: Wednesday 11th May to Saturday 4th June / 11am – 6pm (Mon to Fri) / 12 – 5pm (Sat)

36 South Molton Lane, London W1K 5A

Time for Stillness…Time for Silence: Solo Exhibition by Soon Yul Kang

News of an exhibition starting tomorrow at Artspace Gallery:

Time for Stillness…Time for Silence
Solo Exhibition by Soon Yul Kang
June 21 – July 3, 2010 at Artspace Galleries

Soon-yul Kang

Artspace Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Soon Yul Kang. Soon Yul Kang will exhibit her unique meditative hand woven tapestries and some collage and mixed media works. The subject matter for this exhibition is contemplation and meditation, a time for stillness, a time for silence. Time in this context is not confined to physical time, it also relates to feelings that are beyond the limits of physical time, a stillness or a silence that cannot bounded by physical time. For a number of years Soon Yul Kang is interested in the representation of human emotions into her hand woven tapestries as the medium. She developed her subject inspired by the concepts of Zen –simplicity, stillness and emptiness in terms of meditation and healing in her tapestries with serene landscapes. Soon Yul Kang states

“My works have been concerned with contemplation, healing and time. The inspiration for my tapestries comes mostly from nature, from various serene landscapes. I have also been inspired by Zen concepts such as simplicity, stillness and emptiness. I am still developing these ideas in my tapestries with tranquil landscapes that involve subtle changes in colour and light that reflect changes in perspective and mood. They do not represent an actual scene but are more like semi-abstract representations. Subtlety of woven colour is more important than actual depiction of a scene. I am exploring how nature can effect human emotion and how the image may be used in meditation and healing.”

All of Soon Yul Kang’s tapestries have been created by hand using traditional tapestry weaving techniques, by the use of very subtle mix of coloured wool threads. She creates smooth gradation by using subtly blended colour threads just as a painter uses a colour palette.

Soon Yul Kang is originally from Seoul, South Korea. She studied textile arts in Korea, Japan and at West Dean College in UK. She received her MA at Goldsmiths College, University of London and has been a resident artist in Kew Studio in Richmond since 1998. She now returns to Korea each year to lecture at Ewha Womans University. Soon Yul Kang specializes in hand woven tapestries but she also creates collages and mixed media works. She uses traditional tapestry weaving technique but expressed in a contemporary way. A tapestry of hers is on permanent display at West Middlesex University Hospital.

Artspace Gallery
18 Maddox Street


Kitty Jun-im McLaughlin in Line Space Colour

Photo2Kitty Jun-im McLaughlin participates in a group exhibition comprising new work by six London-based artists at 5 Fountayne Road, London, N15 4QL. Nearest Tube Seven Sisters.

Exhibition dates 6 – 18 October 2009. Open every day, 12-6pm

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The essence of Kitty’s work derives from her integration of the duality of her experience of Korean and British culture, weaving them together to present an original and imaginative retelling of the influence of experience on the subject. The rich, tactile surfaces of her paintings, composed of rhythmic, linear elements cross the canvas in layers of Korean Hanji paper.

Kitty Jun-im McLaughlin
Kitty Jun-im McLaughlin

Jung Ji-eun Kayageum recital, 7 Oct

Jung Ji-EunJung Ji-eun will be a familiar performer to many of us in London. Go along and support her at the Asian Music Centre, where she launches the “Strings of Asia” series, in which the AMC will explore the family of Asian string instruments: Korean kayageum, Japanese Koto and Chinese guzheng with some of the best specialists in the field.

Wednesday 7 October, 6.30pm-7.30pm, £3

Jung Ji-Eun holds a BA in Korean Traditional Music from Ewha Women’s University and MA in Asian Religious Music from Dong Gook University. She is also a Chairwoman of Department of Traditional Instrumental Music of Gyounggi province. Ji-Eun is also a member of the Madangnory Mitchoo Korean traditional Orchestra. She has given numerous concerts in Korea, Canada, US and UK. She will introduce the Kayageum, a Korean traditional string instrument, in this first event of the Strings of Asia series.

The Asian Music Centre is at 1-2 Bradford Road (off Warple Way), Acton London W3 7SP
Train: Acton Central
Tube: Shepherd’s Bush / Turnham Green


Exploring Korea’s Cultural Legacy

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For those who missed the Anglo-Korean Society event at the Korean Cultural Centre on 16th June, a slightly more extended version will be held at the Fulham Public Library this month, 16-19 July. Included will be all of Francesca Cho’s original paintings inspired by hangeul, Korea’s remarkable alphabet.

Exploring Korea’s Cultural Legacy from Past to Present
Francesca Cho: Hangul 7 (1996)Curated by Francesca di Fraia

A series of short films on Korea’s artistic and cultural treasures produced by the Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project will be screened by Hang-jin Chang and Matthew Jackson. Francesca Cho will introduce a series of modern paintings inspired by King Sejong’s Hangeul alphabet, which continues to spiritually influence her work to this day.

The documentaries will include The Sarira Casket, Koryo Buddhist Paintings, The Seokkuram Grotto and Korea Today. These were shown to more than 2,000 people in Brussels at the Smile of Buddha exhibition, one of the largest offerings of Korean art to date with over 60,000 visitors.

Francesca Cho: North & South 1 (1997)Francesca Cho: North & South 2 (1997)

Francesca Cho: North and South 1 & 2 (1997)

Opening hours:
Thursday 16 July: 10am – 8pm
Friday 17 & Saturday 18 July: 10am – 5pm
Sunday 19 July: 11am – 4pm

Film screenings available throughout the exhibition at stated times and on request.

Talk hours (with film screenings):
Saturday 11:30am – 1:00pm; 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Sunday 11:30am – 1:00pm; 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Free entry to the exhibition and talks. Sponsored by Samsung and the Korea Tourism Organisation.


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Exhibition Hall
Fulham Library
598 Fulham Road

Nearest Tube: Parsons Green
Buses: 14, 414, 424 via Fulham Road

Francesca Cho in two European exhibitions

London-based Korean artist Francesca Cho is participating in two group exhibitions in continental Europe during May: in Berlin and Lecce.

Reliquaries of Empires Dust

Reliquaries of Empires Dust is an exhibition exploring trends in art and artists response to the current global climate. Whether an exploration in environmental, geopolitical, monetary, cultural, societal shifts or in paradigms of utopias lost and found, the exhibition is building as three nucleii of repositaries of pasts, present and future with an organic structure where artists’ contributions are building networks of capsules, vitrines and mounted displays of works in keeping with the exhibition ethos of Museum MAN within the gallery space of Bereznitsky Gallery Berlin. International artists and Berlin artists alike have been invited to work within the space of the Bereznitsky.

82 artists from 23 countries participate in this international exhibition. Francesca Cho’s contribution is Poet’s Soul:

Francesca Cho: Poets Soul (2009)
Francesca Cho: Poet's Soul (2009)

Bereznitsky Gallery
Heidestr. 73 / vor der Tankstelle links rein bitte!
Berlin, Germany, 1 – 30 May

Phone: 493070081256

Lecce catalogueMeanwhile in heel of Italy’s boot, Cho is one of thirty artists from sixteen countries chosen to participate in an exhibition entitled Transiti Nomadi (‘Nomadic Transitions’) in the Museo Civico di Arte Contemporanea di San Cesario di Lecce. Lecce, famous for its baroque architecture, is sometimes known as the Florence of the South, or as the city of 100 churches.

The theme of the exhibition is inspired by one of the characteristics of the surrounding Salento region of Italy, which has always been a cultural melting pot. Cho’s Gold Tree (below) was selected for the exhibition.

Francesca Cho: Gold Tree (2006) Oil on canvas, 41 x 66 cm
Francesca Cho: Gold Tree (2006) Oil on canvas, 41 x 66 cm

Museo Civico, Piazza Garibaldi, 16 (Palazzo Ducale)
Opening hours 9.00/13.00 – 15.00/18.00
Tel 0832 205636
18 April – 16 May 2009

Three Korean artists at the Cochrane Theatre Gallery

Details of a group exhibition at the Cochrane Theatre Gallery, part of St Martins College of Art and Design, 1 April – 8 May. Work by glass artists Sunju Park, Kyouhong Lee and Sunho Lee.


The Cochrane is in Southampton Row, WC1B 4AP [Map]. Further details are available from info [at] cochranetheatre [dot] co [dot] uk, tel 020 7269 1600


Francesca Cho: Old Paintings in Surgery


Lilyville Surgery
630 Fulham Road London SW6 5RS
Entrance on Lilyville Road, off of Fulham Road

Time: 17 October – 14 November
Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri 11am-1pm and 2.30pm – 3.30pm. Wed 11am-1.00pm
or by appointment: Ms. Linda Gilson (020 7731 9388)

Contact: Curator Lois Olmstead email: lolmstead @ gmail . com tel: 0779 128 4039

Francesca Cho is a widely exhibited artist in the UK and abroad, including her homeland, the Republic of Korea. For the past fifteen years she has lived and worked in London.

Transcending notions of difference, Francesca Cho’s paintings address universal ideals of spirituality and hope. Referencing landscape through atmospheric and symbolic signifiers, Cho’s paintings invoke the real world yet transcend it. Rather, the nuanced textures and bold treatment of colour map an emotive internal environment: faith, joy, safety, and an intense contemplative stillness.

Old Paintings in Surgery revisits a series of smaller scale works by Cho, their life-affirming subject matter relevant and needed in these turbulent times. Flashes of bright colour permeate darkness, abstract trees dot neutral backdrops; references of life and light are found in each painting. It is the contrast of these elements: bold and subtle, dark and light, bright and subdued, that add complexity and poignancy to Cho’s enduring message of the positivity of human existence.

Francesca Cho
Francesca Cho: Perpetuity 5 (1999) Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas. 70 x 55 cm


Francesca Cho in “Free Words”

Francesca Cho: Little Dream Garden (Installation)

Francesca Cho will be participating in the group exhibition ‘Free words’ at the Mayfair Public Library, 15 – 31 July.

This is the first exhibition to be held in the library space and complements nicely the National Year of Reading. ‘Free words’ explores the censored word, printed matter and use of language as means of expression, through the interpretations of five artists, with site specific installations, painting, photography and sound pieces:

  • Marisol Cavia
  • Francesca Cho
  • Sumer Erek
  • Marko Stepanov
  • Katie Sollohub

Mayfair Public Library is at 25 South Audley Street, Mayfair, London W1K 2PB [Map]. Opening hours 11am-7pm weekdays, 10:30am-2:00pm Saturdays.

Cho’s installation is sponsored by Rolawn, who also sponsored her previous turf installation at Conran’s Bluebird shop


Free Words flyer

Call for Artists

The British Council and the Korean Cultural Centre (KCC) are co-sponsoring an exhibition by artists of Korean origin working in the UK. The exhibition will be held in December 2008.

A Call for Artists notice has been published on the KCC website. Applications are due in by 1 August 2008. Details and applications forms from the KCC.

Or you can download an application form here.