FLUSHING, NY, November 7, 2013 – From November 18-23, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum will display masterworks of traditional and contemporary hangeul calligraphy by “Aram,” pen name of the distinguished calligrapher Dr. Yoo Sung Lee, in its upper gallery.
Hangeul was invented in 15th-century Korea and is the script used to write Korean, the 13th most-spoken language in the world used by over 77 million people. These works will be on display for a limited engagement with Art of Ink in America 2013/2014: Gesture and Beyond, an exhibition of contemporary calligraphy by members of the Art of Ink in America Society (AIAS), in the museum’s main gallery below.
Dr. Lee, president of the AIAS, is a Korean-American and native of Seoul, Korea. He has exhibited his work throughout the U.S., France, China, Thailand, and Korea. He has taught, lectured, and demonstrated widely, including New York Hall of Science, ABC TV’s Good Morning America, Tenri Cultural Institute, Fashion Institute of Technology, Yale University, and The Art Students League of New York. In 2009 his work was shown at the Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University, along with rare books and manuscripts from the library's collection.
Both traditional and contemporary hangeul script will be on display in nearly equal parts. The traditional pieces show the development of hangeul forms over time and in varying contexts, and some works were created especially for this exhibit. Different styles include the woodblock printing style, the transcript style, the palace style (which includes the formal or regular style, and the cursive or grass style), and the commoner style.
Aram’s contemporary pieces show his creative re-interpretation and adaptations, in line with the modern movement’s transformation of written script into a fine art form valued on purely visual terms, where the reconstruction of characters allows for unlimited personal expression. “My vision derives direct inspiration from nature, not just from the letter,” says Dr. Lee, “The more I look at nature, the more my work changes. The forms emerge from the energy of nature which my brush tries to express.”
An opening reception for the concurrent show Art of Ink in America 2013/2014: Gesture and Beyond will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 pm. The public is cordially invited. View a list of the artists participating in Art of Ink in America 2013/2014: Gesture and Beyond here; some names are available as hyperlinks to more background.
Museum Hours and Location The Godwin-Ternbach Museum is located on the campus of Queens College and is easily accessible from Manhattan and Long Island. Directions: LIE Exit 24 Kissena Blvd 7, E ,F Train Q25, 34 or 64 Bus. The museum is open Monday through Thursday from 11 am to 7:00 pm; and Saturday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. It is closed on Fridays and during college recesses and holidays. All exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public. For further information call (718) 997-4747 or visit qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/godwin_ternbach.
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