詩書畵 雲谷 姜張遠

 

 
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Exhibition of painting in the literary artist's style drawn
by Woon Gok Kang Jang-won


The painting in the literary artist's style exhibiting the charm of Chochung-Do (painting of grass and insects)


A painter should be able to freely perform his work in any genre without difficulty. Most painters limit themselves to only a few materials in one or two genres because it is easier to perform simple work and concentrate on technical cultivation than to utilize original ideas and methods of expression. There are; however, certain painters that are committed to expressing themselves in a multitude of genres using a wide variety of materials. Those rare individuals who strive to develop their full artistic potential rather than boasting of their talents are true artists.

Woon-gok possesses the determination and skill of a true artist. He can compose letters and poems as well as create exceptional works of art in a comprehensive collection of genres. He canbe called a painter in the literary artist's style, but he is also well versed in Buddhism and Taoism-oriented paintings (such as the portrait of Bodhidharma), flowers and birds, grass and insects, fishes and crabs, birds with feathers, flowering plants, broken branches of trees or flowers and exquisite colored landscapes using a variety of paints and Chinese ink. Woon-gok Kang Jang-won's talents are apparent in his paintings and choice of subjects. There is no artistic field in which he lacks understanding. While it is uncommon for him to make a collection of his paintings on drawing paper and materials that can be used as a teaching material on Oriental paintings, the application of his artistic theory is professional in every sense of the word.

His insight and theories relating to diverse fields and abilities in the use of diverse media for his artistic expression are exceptional. Only those individuals with extraordinary persistence can cultivate and enrich their talents. Woon-gok has strengthened hisabilities by experiencing a multitude of cultures, events, artistic expressions, and personalities that he skillfully incorporates into his artistic works. The painter has attempted to find his own genre through such experience, and he is pursuing the ultimate goal of painting in a literary artist's style.

His recent focus on landscapes in Chinese ink reflect this desire. When considering that the genre an Chinese ink painter must attack is the very painting in the literary artist's style, there is no doubt that experience in the diversified kinds of painting the painter has so far accumulated can be a strong foundation. While placing emphasis on high mentality, it will be nothing unless the painter is free to express it. Now that the painter has freed himself from the limitations of depiction, he can concentrate on arranging an appropriate abode where the highly refined mental value can come and live. He has reached a point where he can satisfactorily build a household with paintings in the literary artist's style.

Woon-gok has recently been committing more and more time to this art form. The Oriental spirit of his literary artist's style is revealed in the exhibition of his Chinese ink landscape drawings and fan-shaped paintings. The painting in theliterary artist's style is the very pictorial style carrying the core of the Oriental spirit while being a genre that can realize free-form beauty. The simple, high artistic value may be perhaps the ultimate purpose of Oriental painting. This recent allegiance to Chinese ink does not lessen the aesthetic value of his relatively traditional colored paintings. The literary artist's style simply provides him with a wider, freer style of expression.

His recent landscape works are perfect examples of theliterary artist's style. They are not mere reproductions of realistic landscape views but enhanced expressions of the artist's perceptions of them, his "intention."
Drawing one's intention can perhaps be best described as a poetic expression. This is consistent with the understanding of literature. The fact that Woon-gok also composes poems allows us to perceive the heights of his literary and artistic talents. When viewing his fan-shaped works, it is apparent that his literary understanding and abilityto communicate are inexorably linked with his artistic expressions. His literary ability strongly displayed from the fan-shaped painting makes the sophisticated beauty highlighted. He skillfully harmonizes the freedom of expression and literary sentiment in his sophisticated fan-shaped paintings.

We can understand that the spirit of the painting in the literary artist's style that he considers very important ultimately emanates from his literary understanding and depth. By merging the poetic and practical aspects of his perception, his works embody the spirit of the subject matter. The very poetic sentiment coincides with the spirit of the painting in the literary artist's style that compresses and integrates a shape. The mind created in the spiritual territory or the poetic image that expresses the artist's mental status are indispensable requirements of painting in the literary artist's style. The simple but symbolic and suggestive expression created by the mind is not different from the image painted in the literary artist's style that implies and compresses the subject's totality. Even in the case of landscape painting, he attempts to see the whole rather than the details.

The fact that he rejects depictive art centered on slender-writing brush strokes results from his attempt to see the whole rather than specific shapes. In other words, if he concentrates on detailed expression, he may fail to convey the elegance and aftertaste or poetic sentiment of the work. Accordingly, he attempts to see the wholeor block rather than composing the piece from detailed vision. This style is revealed in his use of thick, powerful lines that retain their simplicity. This is related to the significant beauty of the painting in the literary artist's style.

The recent interest in and passion for the fan-shaped painting style suggests a full-scale access to the painting in the literary artist's style.
What is noteworthy in the recent fan-shaped painting is that it narrows down to the Chochung-do. The Chochung-do as depicted in Chinese painting in the literary artist's style is one of the generalized types of painting. There are not many such paintings in Korea. As we can see from his Chochung-do, flowers and insects harmonize well. In a small painting, such as the fan-shaped painting in particular, we can see that the grass and insects are more attractive than the flowers and birds. Flowers and insects, and the grass and insects maintain a relation of co-existence. Can't there be other relationships of natural harmony like these?

He draws insects with delicate precision as if they are alive. On the other hand, he expresses flowers or grass more freely. It is because free painting lines are best used to communicate the intended meaning of the painting in the literary artist's style, He must realize the refinement created by the literary taste and foster the charm of free strokes of the brush, escaping from the limits of formal beauty. His painting lines are smart and graceful, yet restrained even in urgency, because he can freely control the clearness of image with his matured skills. And yet, he never loses the tension of emptiness. The contents indicated by the painting's subject add charm, depth and taste.

His Chochung-do allows free brush strokes to express flowers or grass, but allows insects to be specified. The fact that these different images harmonize with each other is itself is an exception. It shows the charm of exceptions that break established form. The beauty of realistic shape and the free strokes of his brush maintain exquisite co-existence and harmony without conflicting with each other. It delivers visual pleasure. As such, the recent fan-shaped paintings concentrating on grass and insects succeed in obtaining formative dignity while maintaining poetic taste. They provide us with another chance of verifying the delicate harmony between grass and insects.

Sin Hang-seop
(Art Critic)



 
 

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