Ha Chong-Hyun

London, Grosvenor Hill

Opening on Thursday, June 01, 2017
from 5 to 8 pm

Press release

The serenity of Ha Chong-Hyun’s gestural abstraction

by Alfred Pacquement (translated from French by Violaine Boutet de Monvel)

In 1972, Ha Chong-Hyun made a small sculpture, which appears on its own as if anticipating his subsequent work as a painter. It consists of a hemp rope stretched across a wooden box so tightly that a few unraveling strands threaten to break the entire cordage. Extremely effective, the composition is as simple as its material is banal. An image of great tension and resistance, it epitomizes the artist’s practice and further announces his Conjunctions, a lifelong series of paintings, which was initiated in 1974 and is still ongoing to this day...