조성모 뉴욕 중견화가 초대전, 리버사이드 갤러리
(전시 기간: May 2 ~ May 17, 2016 )
뉴욕의 중견화가인 조성모 작가의 '길을 따라서( Along the Road)‘ 전시회가 5월 17일까지 뉴저지 해켄색의 리버사이드 갤러리(One Riverside Square, Suite 201, Hackensack)에서 열리고 있다.
조성모 작가는 '길‘ 연작 작가로 잘 알려져있으며 조성모 작가가 태어나고 자란 어릴적 자연속에서의 경험들을 구체화하고 현대적 문명의 구조적 모순과 갈등이 포함되있는 물물적 시대적 양상, 그리고 동시대를 살아가는 모든 삶의 고단함과 피폐함까지도 내포된 통찰의 세계를 한폭 자연의 화폭에 상징적으로 담았으며, 그 모든 것을 사랑 (LOVE)이라는 해법을 제시하여 유일한 길의 통로를 열어주고 있다. 그의 독특한 아우라의 세계로 선보이는 이번 초대 전시전은 모든 이들의 시선을 끌며, 뉴욕및 세계 화단의 큰 이목을 집중시키고 있다.
또한 갤러리를 운영하고 있는 윤경렬 화가는 조성모 작가의 작품은 어디에도 얽매이지 않고 현대미술사의 다양한 양식이 한데 어우러진 큰 하모니'를 이루고 있다며, '추상주의적인 작가의 내면과 현실주의의 현실을 표현해내려는 작가의 독창적인 노력이 보인다'라고 말했다.
전시 기간: May 2 ~ May 17, 2016
주소: One Riverside Square, Suite 201, Hackensack NJ
리버사이드 갤러리 : http://www.riversidegallery.net/2016/04/14/songmo-cho-solo-exhibition-along-road-love-road/
Riverside Gallery is proud to present “Love Road”, a solo exhibition by artist Sungmo Cho
May 2 ~ May 17, 2016 Opening Reception
Friday, May 6th 6-8PM
During my 30s and 40s, I expressed through my artwork that while civilization has kept on developing and progressing, nature has been largely helpless. I desired to portray the constant interaction and conflicts that occur between nature and civilization in the name of progress. I feel deeply in my heart that now is the time that people should focus more on the development of compassion and love from within, rather than on the development of technology and other external forms of progress.
I have nothing against the advancement of technology, but considering the costs of such progress on our planet in terms of the environment and the well-being of the people who live in it, it is perhaps more valuable to invest our time and energy in the cultivation of greater love and compassion for humanity and the planet. I view technology as a tool that is best served in the betterment of humanity and of our natural environments, rather than being used in a destructive or gratuitous manner. Because it is human nature to forget, I want to remind people how important and beautiful love truly is through my artwork.
– Sungmo Cho
– Along the Road –
Love Road, the Conversation Between Nature and Civilization
Sungmo Cho (MFA, Pratt Institute, NY; MFA, Hongik University, Seoul; BFA, Chungang University, Seoul), the Korean born artist who was an adjunct professor at Mercy College in New York has exhibited widely in Korea, Japan, and United States. Known for being an exquisite colorist, Sungmo Cho is a sublime painter, possessed of a technical mastery, which lends his relatively small paintings a presence and a power surpassing that of many larger works. He has exhibited widely, amounting to 34 solo shows in New York, Korea, and Japan, as well as over 150 group shows in four different countries.
Cho cannot be called a landscape painter in any traditional sense of the term. For while elements of landscape are present in his paintings, his composition delineates a terrain that is not only partly man-made, but also often includes superimpositions of diverse imagery. Cho introduces the delicate poetry of the Asian landscape tradition into the equation, letting Eastern aesthetics collide head-on with raw Western banality. Working on acrylics or mixed media on canvas, Cho creates compositions in which roads and its natural surroundings take on an unearthly beauty. In the “Along the Road” series, Cho uses roads as borders to separate disparate images. People experience many events during their lifetime, willingly and unwillingly, and that is expressed by the multiple images on a single canvas. This is what makes Cho’s paintings very distinctive; few other painters could merge so many diverse elements into a harmoniously satisfying whole.
Many of Sungmo Cho’s paintings depict juxtapositions of nature and man-made elements that make modern life seem so surreal. The particular clashing images of technological advancement with images of nature represent his inner struggles coming to terms with the dualities and issues that emerge from the inevitable interaction between nature and civilization. In his most recent works, Cho views love as the antidote to the ongoing conflicts that arise from ceaseless progress of civilization. With brilliant colors and images that represent visual metaphors for the restless modern spirit, he chronicles the exciting journey of a Korean immigrant in America.
Paintings in Search of a New Reality
Robert C. Morgan
The effort to reconcile the gap between material progress and the fundamental needs of humanity has become a major subject for artists in recent decades. There are ironic inconsistencies between the blind optimism being promoted through advanced technologies and the value and quality of human lives. Art is one of the few meaningful areas in which these conflicts can offer a more positive equilibrium. For Sungmo Cho, the act of painting is dedicated to achieving a necessary balance between technological culture and the hopes, aspirations that human beings hold in pursuit of happiness and stability in their everyday lives.
Sungmo Cho’s paintings represent a feeling of subtle pursuit, less in the material sense than through a spiritual approach to art, clearly related to the aspirations of young generation in the late 1960s in San Francisco who promoted the message, “Love and Peace” as an antidote to technological progress. Cho’s paintings are partially involved with popular culture, but from the perspective of a solitary artist who is questioning the possibility of how we might rediscover love and compassion in today’s excessive and fast-paced environment. He is further questioning the lack of attention being given to the life-source of our planet. These are not easy questions, but they are necessary ones that constitute the essential point of Cho’s art.
The American expression “old way, best way” may sound accurate. But commonplace adages and expressions often miss the delicate features that comprise such a point of view. To relegate one’s feelings to love and compassion for others is essentially come through a spiritual quest, a search for that which may not be obtainable. Even so, Sungmo’s intention as an artist is to try and communicate what he believes is of utmost importance. In some ways, Cho’s concern for a better world is reminiscence of some aspects of Neo-Confucian philosophy, specifically the scholars in Choseun Dynasty who favored spiritual fulfillment more than material wealth.
As his paintings have been progressed over the years, he now employs the depiction of “Love” in a cursive English script into the structure of his compositions. The cursive inscription of “Love” that looks a road image has become a kind of trademark or signature in his recent painting in addition to his remarkable sense of color. The message in these paintings adheres to a affirmative attitude toward humanity. This is his underlying purpose and motivation. As an artist, Cho still believes that painting should carry a message, which I find a remarkable attribute in the context of our current social and political environment. I am certain the artist Sungmo Cho understands that the superficial devices that tend to entrap us and can only work to our disadvantage, robbing us of our spiritual capabilities. Cho’s paintings appear to be moving on a more exuberant and positive track – a track that offers the potential of stability in everyday life in contrast to the “quiet desperation” that the transcendentalist philosopher Henry David Thoreau understood in viewing the upper crust of New England society in the mid-nineteenth century.
In many ways, the paintings of Sungmo Cho are precise paintings, because they are accurate in their finish and clear in what they want to achieve. Cho’s paintings evolve according to their own need, which stands apart from current trends. His paintings appear through the mirror of time that delivers a message accessible and substantial, both charming and intelligent. His paintings project a view of reality clearly entwined with art. The linear elements of his cursive script are exquisitely refined, while masterfully articulated.
The artist’s manner of showing us the oppositions and compromises necessary to live in this world, which is our everyday world, are convincing and encouraging. There is a dynamic in his series of paintings, titled Along the Road, which needs to be taken into account, and given further attention. It is not only a way of painting, but a way of life, a way of getting into the emotional and physical resources that we need to endure and to live our lives happily with a sense of complete fulfillment. This is the message I get from the paintings of Sungmo Cho.
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