Blue Willow: In Kyoung Chun, Namwon Choi, Wihro Kim, Jiha Moon, Jaeyoun Shin
March 18 to April 29
opening: Saturday, March 18 at 6pm to 8:30pmartist talk: TBD
Poem 88 is pleased to present new works by five Korean-American artists: In Kyoung Chun, Namwon Choi, Wihro Kim, Jiha Moon, Jaeyoun Shin The title of the show, Blue Willow, is also the name of a blue and white porcelain pattern created in Great Britain in the 18th century at the beginning of a renewed interest in Chinoiserie and Asian culture. Based on blue and white porcelain-ware exported from China, Blue Willow is an entirely Western fabrication. Likewise, the five artists in the exhibition at Poem 88, in varying degrees, allude to their Korean heritage while creating works that are entirely new, incorporating aspects of Contemporary and Modernist principles.
Metropolitan Atlanta is home to the majority of Georgia's Korean population of over 50,000 residents. With two Korean language newspapers, and a Korean language TV station, Gwinnett County is often called "the Seoul of the South". Each of the artists in the exhibition are well-acquainted often visiting each other's studios and attending their exhibitions. Their work is essential to understanding the diversity of Atlanta's art community! Both In Kyoung Chun and Jiha Moon have work in the permanent collection of the High Museum of Art. Jiha Moon was a recipient of a Working Artist Project grant from MOCA-Ga in 2012-13 as well as an ARTADIA Award in 2016.