The artist will also exhibit sculptural works rarely before seen in the United States in keeping with the theme of transcendental illumination, weightless abundance and light and space.
Song’s approach to making art is at its core a deeply philosophical pursuit wherein form serves as a means of dismantling conventional thought as though the artist, through a deeply personal exploration, were liberating images and thoughts from his own mind, delving headlong into shadow as though obliterating the past in favor of a more ominous and complex future. These images are distinctly and necessarily corporeal as the shadows lurking behind the thorn images act as a second skin, a deliberate provocation to subvert the familiar trope of the thorn as a painful and awful object. Song liberates the image from its own historical past, and its darker associations, imbuing it instead with a fiercer, more contemporary narrative meaning. Song currently works and lives in Korea.
An Opening Reception for BurnSoo Song's U.S. inaugural exhibition will take place on Saturday, March 16, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The exhibition will remain on view until April 20, 2013.
ABOUT BURNSOO SONG:
Song was born (1943) in Gyeryongmyun, Gong-Ju, Chung-Nam, Korea, and has exhibited his work widely both nationally and internationally. His work is included in many notable collections including the TOTAL Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, National Museum of Budapest, Hungary, National theatre of Jangchung-dong, Seoul Korea, KTX Yongsan Station, Seoul, Embassy of Korea, Kuwait, Lucky Goldstar Metal Reasearch Institute, YongIn Korea, Seoul City Museum of Art, the Busan City Museum of Art. Exhibiting since the early 1960’s Song is currently Emeritus Professor of Fine Art College of Hong-ik University, Seoul, Korea. Song has also exhibited widely throughout Europe, and has been the recipient of many prestigious awards including the “On the Occasion of the 1000th anniversary of the foundation of the Hungarian State (First Golden Fleece Prize, The Hungarian Cultural Heritage Budapest, Hungary)”, and “The Lausanne Beijing-International Tapestry Art Biennale (Honor Grand Prize, Beijing China)”.