July 6 – August 18, 2002
Art Sonje Center
This is the first major museum exhibition of the photographer Bae Bien-U (b. 1950), whose works feature the Korean sensibility and the origin of Korean history through the black-and-white landscape photographs of ancient pine forests, oceans, and rocky shores of remote Korean islands. Although ordinary subject matters, the depth and vivid emotions of his poetic landscape photographs allow the viewer to hear and experience the sound and air of nature.
His works remind us of the iconography of the idealized nature depicted in the Joseon period literati ink paintings, and by intentionally making them appear abstract, the works display strong tendency of a painting.
The exhibition displays Bae’s new series of works, which re-focuses on his past series and portray the power of healing through his poetic images of nature. About 100 of his works ranging from ocean, sky, mountains, to rocks can be seen at the Art Sonje’s main exhibition halls.