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Diffuses Light, Mingles with the Dust (Hwa Kwang Dong Jin)

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Diffuses Light, Mingles with the Dust (Hwa Kwang Dong Jin)


Son Man-jin

Korean, born 1964

In his work to date, contemporary Korean artist Son Man-jin has employed copper wire, old candles, misshapen clay and plastics to startling effect. Here the artist returns to more traditional materials, but the result remains wholly original. He engraves a phrase on the convex surface of a 200-year-old tile salvaged from his hometown in Southeast Korea, then creates a single rubbing highlighted by his own dynamic calligraphy. The four-character phrase is taken from Lao-zi and reads: "Dim your brilliant light and become one with the dust."

Engraving and color on tile
8 x 4 x 16in. (20.3 x 10.2 x 40.6cm)
Gift of Kim Kyoo-Yun
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington. Asian Art Museum, "Calligraphic Abstraction," May 9, 2015 - October 4, 2015

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Asian Art Museum, "Transforming Traditions: Japanese and Korean Art since 1800", May 23, 2009 - February 21, 2010

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