Ha Chong-Hyun came to prominence with his Conjunction series in the early 1970s. These early experiments have led him to build his signature style, pushing the paint from the back to the front of hemp cloth. As a leading member of the movement known as Dansaekhwa, or “monochrome painting”, he has consistently used material experimentation and innovative studio processes to redefine the role of painting, playing a significant role bridging the avant-garde traditions between East and West. Committed to redefining modern art and rejecting mainstream academic trends, Ha developed a process that converted physically demanding studio processes into abstract compositions. In his most recent work, Ha has expanded upon his practice of transforming three-dimensionality into a two dimensional surface by experimenting with new ways to add materiality and a sense of volume to colour.
One by One: Ha Chong-Hyun
September 29 - October 11, 2021
Almine Rech is pleased to share Ha Chong-Hyun: Conjunction 19-28, 2019, the ninth installment of One by One, Almine Rech’s series of exclusive online viewing rooms dedicated to extraordinary individual artworks.
A prominent member of the Dansaekhwa (“Monochrome Painting”) movement, Ha Chong-Hyun began his practice in the aftermath of the Korean War, using materials he found on the street, such as barbed wire and burlap sacks left over from American food aid.
While such materials carry political resonances, Ha has always focused more on material dynamics and physical processes than on symbolic concerns, as when he placed barbed wire on top of cloth in the sun to burn its shadow onto the support, or as when he began meticulously using wooden slats covered in paper to push paint through burlap from the back, creating subtly aleatory textures on the front side. This process formed the foundation for a lifelong series of paintings titled Conjunctions, in which Ha continues to wrestle with color and texture in an endless exploration of monochrome painting.
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- 'Ha Chong Hyun'Art Asia Pacific, by Tausif Noor, May 2017 — 1.0 MB
- 'Une oeuvre à la loupe: le monochrome aux fils barbelés de Ha Chong-Hyun', Télérama.fr, by Olivier Cena, May 15th 2017 — 1.0 MB
- 'Sélection galeries: Ha Chong-Hyun et Sturvenant', Le Monde, by Philippe Dagen, May 1st 2017 — 136.7 kB
- 'Ha Chong Hyun, la force du Monochrome', Journal des Arts, by Henri-François Debailleux, n°478, p.30, April-May 2017 — 14.0 MB
- 'Where I Work - Ha Chong-Hyun' on Artasiapacific by Yujin Min, March/April 2017 issue — 19.2 MB
- ‘Chung Sang-Hwa and Chong-Hyun’, Time Out London, by Eddy Frankel, June 6, 2017 — 375.4 kB
- ‘The lure of the East’, The Daily Telegraph, by Colin Gleadell, June 6, 2017 — 602.6 kB
- ‘Ha Chong-Hyun’s Meditative Masterworks at Almine Rech London’, by Nicholas Forrest, June 16, 2017 — 482.7 kB
- ‘A conversation with Ha Chong-Hyun’, Ocula, by Ines Min, July 13, 2017 Ha Chong- — 472.9 kB
- 'Ha Chong-Hyun, la peinture sans limite', La Gazette Drouot, October 2019 — 2.3 MB