T-yong Chung

1977 · Republic of Korea

Artist biography

T-yong Chung’s is a Korean artist who has decided to live in Italy. His perception and personal experience of Italy is that of a cultural, iconographic and humanistic atlas from which he draws inebriated inspirations and thoughts.

He wanders freely, and he is curious, attentive and attracted by some fundamentals which one can easily discover in his artworks: Classical Art, Arte Povera, Minimalism. Undoubtedly, his works transcend a continuous dialogue between past and present.

His works portray the tension between the fullness of western culture and the essentiality of oriental culture. This creates a formal balance which is difficult to add to or take away from. His sculptures are defined although they seem unfinished and his mark is delicate yet vigorous.

Often incorporating leftover materials, antique chairs, rusty tools, sheet metals, he dismantles, reassembles, smooths, polishes the remnant until it takes on a new identity , but still strongly linked to its dignified past. His most recent works start with plaster reproductions of classical busts and concrete models of everyday objects.

He has recently started to approach the portrait subject, focusing his research more on a real person than on a symbol. Here the classical approach is always present, but a sort of contemporary humanism seems to prevail. T-yong Chung (Tae-gu, South Korea, 1977) lives and works in Milan. In 2016, he participated in the ACAW, Field Meeting, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Asia Society, New York and in the Gangjeong Contemporary Art Festival, The ARC, Tae-gu (South Korea). His works have been exhibited at the Lissone Museo d’arte contemporanea, Nuovo Spazio Espostivio of Casso as part of the Dolomiti Contemporanee festival, Fondazione Spinola Banna of Torino, as well as the Galleria Civica d’Arte Contemporanea of Trento. The artist also held solo exhibitions at Otto Zoo gallery, Milan, MARS, Milan and the Car Project Gallery, Bologna. He has additionally participated in various residencies and workshops in Italy, including at the Museo Carlo Zauli of Faenza, at the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in Venice and Madeinfinlandia in Pergine Valdarno.

T-yong Chung

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