Pontone Gallery is delighted to present the works of three 'Asian Masters': Lee Jungwoong, Xu Zhongmin and Soowhan Choi.
Born in Korea in 1963 and having attained his Masters in Fine Arts from Keimyung University, Korea, in 2007, the adept Lee Jungwoong never fails to astound. Using Korean rice paper and Western oil paint he brings poetic and almost literal life into his subjects. His Chinese brushes and ebony ink splotches, swipes and bleeds showcase dynamism and motion that far surpass a simple two-dimensional image. They are accompanied by gleaming wood and brush hairs visible in the coarseness of every individual strand. The amount of detailing renders his works flawless, sometimes causing viewers to lean in, trying to find the brushstrokes that created the glossy smoothness of the handles, the soaked transience of the paper and the compliance of every brush hair.
Born in Sichuan Province, China, 1961, artist Xu Zhongmin has built a spectacular portfolio of mechanical installation art. After graduating from Sichuan Fine Art Academy in 1987, Xu came to live and work in London, continually producing work that would be exhibited widely across Asia and Europe over the coming decades. Now based between London and Beijing, he continues to create astounding installation pieces.
Born in Gyeongju, Korea, 1972, Soowhan Choi creates meticulous, immaculate, yet expressive images by drilling holes of various sizes (0.4-3mm) in a black acrylic plate (Plexiglas) or laminate, and then LED backlighting the piece. The result is art based on precision, where Choi masterfully manipulates material and light to create texture, form and substance. We see both the natural and the manmade here, where the patterns and symmetrical rhythms of the human eye are closely mirrored against the elaborate curves of ornate Rococo frames. We see the drama of frothing seascapes, alive with energetic light, contrast with still woodland scenes, where dappled sun and deep shadow show how Choi utilises the contrasts of light and dark to encapsulate dynamic space and time.