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Friday, November 18, 2005

"Urban scenes" at Flying Net

Flying Net, "urban information network" (도시정보 네트워크), has been carrying a series of interviews under the title "Urban Scenes" with artists who paint - urban scenes. (Jeongjikseong (Honesty), whose painting I quoted last month, has been one of them.) Jung Jae-ho was the sixth interviewee. He (most likely "he" judging from the name) paints cityscapes in a naturalist manner which for a layperson like me become sympathetic, a bit nostalgic, even sentimental statements of the kind of cities Koreans have been living in for the last decades.

정재호, 강북찬가 (Jung Jae-ho: Hymn for Gangbuk), 한지에 채색, 570 x 130cm, 2005
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Even though the header photograph of my blog is from the south of the river, it's not from "Gangnam", so readers surely understand why I've chosen to link this painting, "Hymn for Gangbuk". (Go to Jung Jae-ho's own blog and click the pic for a bigger reproduction of this painting.) I don't know if these photographs, originally on display in Flying City, have been an inspiration to him, but I'm reminded of them and the feelings they bring when seeing this picture and others by Jung.

One series of paintings which he exhibited last year is titled "Cheongun Citizens' Apartments" after an apartment block Cheongun-dong, Jongno-gu which was demolished last summer. After visiting the painter's own blog, I see that he has been doing a lot of visiting in old apartment areas often to be demolished in the name of development.

There are photographs of the Cheongun Apartments before demolition at Seoulscrap webzine: scroll down to the third series of pics.

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