Korean Cultural Center
July 21 through September 8, 2023
Korean Culture Center
2370 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20008

Landscape of the Mind: A Duo Exhibition of Works by Lim Hyunjeong and Jung Seok Hee

from July 21 through September 8, 2023

Korean Culture Center
2370 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20008

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents Landscape of the Mind, a new duo exhibition showcasing paintings and video works derived from paintings by contemporary Korean artists Lim Hyunjeong and Jung Seok Hee. 

More than 20 featured works in total portray the artists’ personal and observed stories as visual narratives that unfold like maps of mental geography. While the stories derive from the inner mind of each artist, they also reflect universal human challenges and truths. Visitors will encounter a mirror into their own lived experiences and an undercurrent of social issues while exploring the mental paths these two artists have carved out with their works.

Lim and Jung both use unspoken stories as a vehicle to engage their audience, but their stylistic modes present a stark contrast—they come across as a linked pair of opposites, like light and dark or fantasy and realism. Lim creates surreal worlds on canvas where vivid visual motifs dredged up from her subconscious seem displaced into otherwise familiar yet sublime coastal landscapes. In contrast, Jung appears grounded in reality at first, inviting viewers to observe an individual’s mundane day-to-day activities through his extended series of paintings compiled into videos, before exposing the inescapable loneliness and despair that lie beneath the surface. These inspired creators each strive to sketch the complex mental landscape within every person, from both internal and external vantage points.

Landscape of the Mind will remain on view from July 21 through September 8, 2023 (walk-in hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., excluding 12 – 1 p.m., Monday – Friday).

Landscape of the Mind will also be open to visitors during extended evening hours (6:00 - 8:00 p.m.) as part of the local community art walk event First Friday Dupont on Friday August 4 and Friday, September 1. 



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