Gualala Arts presents Korean Voices in Fiber

Location Gualala Arts Center
10/06/2017 - 10:00am to 11/18/2017 - 5:00pm

Opening Reception: Friday, October 6, 2017, 5 to 7 pm. Exhibit remains through Saturday, November 18.
Burnett Gallery and Elaine Jacob Foyer
“Korean Voices in Fiber: Translating Tradition into Contemporary Art” highlights the ancient heritage of fiber art in Korea as well as its vibrant modern transformation of both traditional and unexpected techniques and materials. This show is an opportunity to be introduced to a particular aspect of Korean artwork as part of our worldwide culture of textile arts.
There are 25 artists represented. Many are award winners whose works have been exhibited internationally. Some are also respected designers and professors. Sonoma-based artist Mirka Knaster brings this exhibit to Gualala Arts Center to introduce interesting and beautiful aspects of Korean culture and art to an American audience after she experienced them first-hand in Korea.
Knaster said she tasked the artists to find something in their cultural heritage for inspiration of a contemporary art piece. According to Yoonkyung Kim, her entry “Meditation” is an interpretation of the Korean flag. “In using the traditional Korean colors which are part of the Korean flag and bangpai-kite, I am trying to express peacefulness and simplicity. The white background of the flag means peace. The red and blue circle in the center is called Taegeug, the origin of all things in the universe. The central thought is perfect harmony and balance: A continuous movement within the sphere of infinity, resulting in one unit. The blue part of Taegeug is called Eum or, in Chinese, Yin, and represents all negative aspects of the balance, while the red part is called Yang and describes all the positive aspects.”
Each contemporary piece will be accompanied by an image of the traditional item that inspired the work, along with an explanation in English and Korean.
If you love art, in general, and textiles and handmade paper, in particular, you will enjoy learning about an Asian culture that stretches back thousands of years. Please join us as we explore traditional and contemporary fiber art from Korea.

Gualala Arts Center
46501 Gualala Road
95445 Gualala , CA
Phone: 707-884-1138