Chae Tongyull: Unveiled

Chae Tongyull

Curated by Joseph Roberts

Opening Reception Thursday, January 13, from 6pm to 9pm
CoCA Ballard Gallery, Shilshole Bay Beach Club, 6413 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

From January 13 – February 6, 2011 at its Ballard Gallery CoCA will present recent paintings by Chae Tongyull. Although Chae has resided in Squim, WA for 20 years and exhibited widely in his native South Korea -including a November 2010 solo show at Indang Museum- this is his Seattle debut.

Artist's Statement:

Parmenides spent his whole life observing the ever-changing moon.

What is the relationship between perception and truth?

Some moved the question further.

How does an observer affect the conflict between his internal perceptions and outside realities?

The difference between primitive and civilized is a degree of the distance between nature and dwelling, between outside and inside.

Privacy, the individual space, came into being during the Renaissance.

Where does my individual space fit within the whole?

Must the interior be controlled or let loose as nature?

Must the outside remain as is or should we seek to measure and control it?

In tackling these philosophical conflicts, a mere painting becomes a Greek drama.


Chae Tongyull

Seattle, January 2011

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