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han made: korean contemporary jewelry

han made: korean contemporary jewelry

features the work of 20 Korean jewelry artists

curator: noel guyomarc’h

exhibition designer: barbara cohen

on view in gallery: january 2 – february 12, 2020

HAN made is introducing the inspirational work by 20 Korean jewelry artists.

HAN made is a major opportunity to discover the current artistic production in South Korea where contemporary jewelry, an art form still relatively unknown to the general public, is blooming. Korean artists never tire of reinventing and renewing the way to think and make jewelry. As the first exhibition in North America to feature such a large number of Korean artists, HAN made is truly an impressive gathering.

The pieces in this event are merely a glimpse into Korea’s exceptional creativity. Even though their organic compositions are often intricate, all the pieces display a rare sense of harmony, working intuitively with materials that are carefully chosen, both for their inherent qualities and artistic meaning. Those complex works of art can confuse the viewer, as they may appear sometimes narrative, sometimes complex and abstract. 

Their beauty lies in the quality of the making and in what they stand for. Many references to Korean culture are to be found: repetitive assemblage referring to Korean traditional architecture, the use of natural and animal symbols to portray the inner self or the object’s soul, the duality, the care for harmony and purity in everything.

Artists featured in han made:

Healim Shin, Sohri Yi, Ryungjae, Choonsun Moon, Sooyeon Kim, Yong Joo Kim, Dongchun Lee, Eunmi Chun, Heejoo Kim, Heeseung Koh, Jihee Hong, Joo Hyung Park, Junwon Jung, Miwha Oh, Sang-deok Han, Seulgi Kwon, Shin-Ryeong Kim, Sungho Cho, Wan Hee Cho, Yojae Lee.
"There's a Korean word, Han. I looked it up. There is no literal English translation. It's a state of mind. Of soul, really. A sadness. A sadness so deep no tears will come. And yet, still, there's hope."
Josiah Bartlet