New York City, NY
South Korean artist Kwang Young Chun combines hundreds of paper-wrapped parcels to create sculptural compositions, called Aggregations, that look like crystal formations, asteroids, or the surface of the moon. The Aggregations are simultaneously Space Age and nostalgic, beautiful and violent, powerful and fragile. They draw on the artist’s training in abstract painting as well as memories of his childhood, when Korean apothecaries sold medicine in similar little bundles.
The installation features six works by Chun—five wall pieces and one that is freestanding—presented adjacent to Korean objects relating to writing, reading, and paper that are part of our Arts of Korea galleries.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.