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KANG Yo Bae: At First Sight
Mountains and landscapes painted by Kang correspond to nature as it is of itself. When separated from nature, man “exists” outside it [ex-sist]. Existence of this sort is artificiality and culture. Western landscape paintings externalize objects and the artist is separated from the object. In contrast, Kang becomes one with the object of nature. His paintings are that of yijing which can be painted only after “having been in touch with and lived amidst nature.” The origin of yijing is a correct historical understanding and infinite love of his native soil. On the boundary where nature (space), history (time) and the self (subject) integrate, strokes and speed soar together with vectors and dynamically. To point out again, the artist deals with nature “not as a mere collection of objects, but as a subject that represents the emotional changes of another subject.” - Excerpt from “Discussion on the Origin of Humanity (原人) and Origin of the Way (原道): Inquiring about Humanness and the Right Way of Existence” | Jinmyung Lee (Art critic, Aesthetics & Oriental studies) Kang’s color field painting represents the changes in cosmic energy flows with the transition of fields of color and different impressions of it to emphasize a sense of motion. It allows us to regard Kang’s practice not only as an outcome of Minjung Art’s lyrical sentiments or the local characteristics of Jeju regional art, which is the established view confining him, but also as another diachronic trend in contemporary art. His challenging practice in painting moves fluidly along the circuits of vortex thinking. The picture screen invalidates the genre distinction between Oriental and Western paintings and reveals that the act of “painting”—the most ancient and primal method of expression, is still valid in the era of the 2020s. What will be caught “at first sight” and by an “innocent mind from the beginning”? I hear the sound of the wind. - Excerpt from “Observation of the Heavenly Mechanism and a Vortex of Thought” | Jeongbok Kim (Art historian)
KANG Yo Bae
On the Mountain

2022

Acrylic on canvas

197x667cm

KANG Yo Bae
Strike Strike

2021

Acrylic on canvas

194x520cm

KANG Yo Bae
Garden During Typhoon

2021

Acrylic on canvas

194x520cm

KANG Yo Bae
Junghyangseong

2019

Acrylic on canvas

197x333.3cm

KANG Yo Bae
Kuryongpok Ⅲ

2019

Acrylic on canvas

259x181.5cm

KANG Yo Bae
Morning Glow of Typhoon

2021

Acrylic on canvas

181.7x259.5cm

KANG Yo Bae
Mountain Under the Land

2021

Acrylic on canvas

194x259.5cm

KANG Yo Bae
Rosy Sky

2021

Acrylic on canvas

181.7x227.5cm

KANG Yo Bae
In the Clouds

2021

Acrylic on canvas

227.5x181.7cm

KANG Yo Bae
Flying in the Sky

2022

Acrylic on canvas

227x182cm

KANG Yo Bae
Snow-Scented Fruit

2021

Acrylic on canvas

112x162cm

KANG Yo Bae
Snow Talk

2020

Acrylic on canvas

112x162cm

KANG Yo Bae
Late Plum Blossom

2022

Acrylic on canvas

162x130cm

KANG Yo Bae
Autumn Grass Thicket

2022

Acrylic on canvas

162x130cm

KANG Yo Bae
Plum Blossom In Snowstorm

2022

Acrylic on canvas

130x162cm

KANG Yo Bae
Lunar Eclipse

2022

Acrylic on canvas

162x112cm

KANG Yo Bae
First Month of Lunar Year

2022

Acrylic on canvas

145.5x112cm

KANG Yo Bae
White Sun

2022

Acrylic on canvas

145.5x112cm

KANG Yo Bae
A Filled Fishnet

2022

Acrylic on canvas

112x145.5cm

KANG Yo Bae
Hongdo Ⅱ

2018

Acrylic on canvas

91x116.7cm

KANG Yo Bae
Flower Buds

2022

Acrylic on canvas

116.7x91cm

KANG Yo Bae
At the Ocean

2022

Acrylic on canvas

116.7x91cm

KANG Yo Bae
Blossoming Pear Tree

2022

Acrylic on canvas

116.7x91cm

KANG Yo Bae
Eastern Prickly Pear

2022

Acrylic on canvas

116.7x91cm

KANG Yo Bae
Lone Bird

2019

Acrylic on canvas

91x117cm

KANG Yo Bae
To the White

2019

Acrylic on canvas

91x72.7cm

KANG Yo Bae
A Bird

2019

Acrylic on canvas

91x72.7cm

KANG Yo Bae
Two Flowers

2019

Acrylic on canvas

91x72.7cm

KANG Yo Bae
In the Snow

2022

Acrylic on canvas

91x72.7cm

KANG Yo Bae
Spring Sunshine

2022

Acrylic on canvas

72.5x60.5cm

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