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CHA Jongrye (차종례) Artist Biography

Artist Statement


Korean artist l Cha Jong Rye l studied sculpture at Ehwa Women/s UniversitYI graduating with a BA and MA in 1996. She has accumulated an extensive curriculum vitae of solo and group exhibitions in Korea and the US. Pontone Gallery is delighted to present her first solo exhibition in the UK. This sequence of new works is an impressive introduction to her obsession with  her chosen  medium - wood -  its
materialitYI sculptural potential and spiritual significance. 
Cha Jong Rye is entirely focussed on the craft of cutting l carving and shaping. These particular pieces are all generated by assembling multiplel laminated contours to produce an undulating l folded surface of rhythmic complexity. Painstakingly delineated and fabricated l they are like three-dimensional mapsl expressive of some mysterious topography: like a magician/s cloth draped over a hidden form. The structures  evoke  landscape l suggesting  mountain  ranges  and  river
valleysl but they could equally be interpreted as representing the features of a microscopic world. The artist seems to be proposing an idea of universalitYI an underlying principle of common forms. 
The natural world looms large in Jong Rye/s work. The artist specifically situates herself within the context of environmentalism. The  use  of wood   as   a  sustainable   and  sympathetic   product  emphasises   her
connection. She stresses an aesthetic bond tO
and continuity with lthe
craft technique of traditional makers. The sculptures require many concentrated hours of careful toil to be resolvedl they are not quickly manufactured pieces l time and energy spent is integral to their character.  
We experience the work as both an exercise in fastidiously crafted beauty and a musing on landscape and nature. Patterns of erosion l flow and sinuous form are caught and expertly translated into the sculptorls receptive l but demanding raw material. The hard- won results are witness to Jong Rye/s profound commitment to her vocation.


Expose Exposed 2016 Wood (White Birch Plywood) 60 x 150 x 20 cm  01


Expose Exposed 2016 Wood (White Birch Plywood) 60 x 150 x 20 cm  01



Expose  Exposed 2018 Engineered wood 170 x 72 x 26 cm


Expose  Exposed 2018 Engineered wood 170 x 72 x 26 cm


Expose Exposed 181031 Fomax 98 x 100 x 21cm 2018


Expose Exposed 181031 Fomax 98 x 100 x 21cm 2018


Expose Exposed 181120 Engineered Wood 120 x 135 x 26 cm 2018


Expose Exposed 181120 Engineered Wood 120 x 135 x 26 cm 2018


Expose  Exposed 181129 1 2018 Engineered wood 170 x 72 x 26 cm


Expose  Exposed 181129 1 2018 Engineered wood 170 x 72 x 26 cm


Expose Exposed 190220 120191 Engineered Wood 172 x 91 x 25 cm


Expose Exposed 190220 120191 Engineered Wood 172 x 91 x 25 cm


Artist Biography


Born 1968 in Daejeon, Republic of Korea
Currently lives in Seoul, Republic of Korea

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2018  Sejong Gallery, Seoul
2017  Bauzium Sculpture Museum, Gosung, Gangwon-do 2015  R. Mutt Gallery, Seoul
          Red Sea Gallery, Singapore 2014  Bundo Gallery, Daegu
          Yoo Art Space Gallery, Seoul 2013  R. Mutt Gallery, Seoul
2012  Nampo Art Museum, Goheung Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta
2011  Ever Harvest Art Gallery, Taipei Sunggok Art Museum, Seoul
2008  Vermont Studio Center, Red Mill Gallery, Vermont 2007  Gallery Kwanhoon, Seoul

Selected Group Exhibitions
2018  All Turn Native, The Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia Art Miami, Long-Sharp Gallery, Florida
2017  Wood Works-Today, Kim Chong Yung Museum, Seoul
2017  KIAF, Jinsun Gallery, Seoul
          Wood, Revisited, The Center For Art in Wood, Philadelphia A SUSTAINING LIFE, Waterfall Mansion & Gallery, New York Art Miami, Long-Sharp Gallery, Florida
          Invitational Exhibition Modern Korea Sculpture, MBC Chuncheon
          Neowa, Bauzium Sculpture Museum, Gangwon-do Wood Trace of Time, 63 Art Museum, Seoul
2016  Invitational Exhibition Modern Korea Sculpture, MBC Chuncheon
2016  KIAF, Jinsun Gallery, Seoul Magamnews Installation, Paju
2015  Immortal Present: Art and East Asia, Berkshire Museum, Massachusetts
          IN and OUT, Seoho Art Museum, Namyangju
         HAND, Naro Space Center Science Museum, Goheung-gun Art Bazaar, Jakarta, Indonesia
         FERMENTED SOULS, Waterfall Mansion, New York Art Taipei, Taipei
2015 KIAF, Seoul

Public Collections
Cort Yard Merret Hotel, Pangyo Nampo Art Museum, Gohung Involved Art Association Neowa Association
JW Marriot Hotel, China The Plaza Hotel, Seoul Kimpton Aertson Hotel, Nashville  Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul

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