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    Sale 2605

    Asian Contemporary Art (Day Sale)

    25 May 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 435


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    (Born in 1968)
    Library 10
    signed, titled, inscribed and dated 'Kyoung tack Hong; Library; acrylic & oil on canvas; 2007-2008' in Korean & English (on reverse)
    acrylic and oil on canvas
    130 x 162 cm. (51 x 63 3/4 in.)
    Painted in 2007-2008

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    Hong Kyung Tack moves away from a contrived mass assembly of objects and gradually discards its quantity and color in Library 10 (Lot 435). However, his persistency in exploring and daring the limitation of the canvas to create infinity of entities still remain the same. He displays his flexibility in controlling his feverish collection of images, allowing a room for air in his vacuity in color. Unlike the color explosion of the Library II (Lot 169), the subdued colors gently evoke a less confined obsession, but nevertheless incite a melancholy nausea with its grey tones and bleak colors of cyan, burgundy, purple and green. Recalling his unexpected juxtaposition of surface texture, Hong again, applies distinctively tangible surface with cactus and a pencil that impersonate the fleshy stems and branches of the cactus. Cactus is the only living organism of the library but still scarcely provides an intimacy to the audience alike with the plastic synthetic relationship of objects of the shrine. With this artificial defense coating of the objects, he reminds us again that these are his own objects of fondness in which we as an audience is invited to his reliquary to visually worship them.


    CAIS Gallery, Korea