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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S SCHOOL OF ART PRESENTS "EMOGRAPHY," AN EXHIBITION BY HUH HWE-TAE

February 4, 2010
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S SCHOOL OF ART

 PRESENTS

“EMOGRAPHY”

BY HUH HWE-TAE

MASON HALL ALUMNI ATRIUM GALLERY

Feb. 15 - Mar. 15, 2010

Opening Reception: Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 from 6-8 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 4, 2010George Mason University’s School of Art brings Huh Hwe-tae’s exhibition “Emography” to the Mason Hall Alumni Atrium Gallery on the Fairfax campus on Feb. 15-March 15. An opening reception will be held on Monday, Feb. 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This traveling exhibition demonstrates the artist’s contemporary painting known as emography as well as elaborate seal engraving pieces.

Emography is a new art form that merges calligraphy and painting that was invented in 2005 by Huh, who serves as the director of the Moosan Emographic Art Institute in Seoul, Korea. He uses enormous brushes to paint images on paper, ceramics, furniture or other media. At first glance, the viewer sees simple calligraphy characters. But, when viewed in depth, the characters transform into images and the images have a deeper symbolic meaning than their superficial appearance. Renowned German-based art critic Ryu Byung-hak coined the term “emography” to describe this art genre where calligraphy merges with symbolism, form and imagery.

“My work reflects a set of elements that allow viewers to have an aesthetic experience through calligraphy’s characters and nature’s disciplinary quality,” Huh said. “I reinterpret nature’s objects through calligraphy and express them daringly with imaginative art, along with line delineation and formation. The viewer sees, for example, widely unfolding, flowing clouds; swaying, sweeping willow trees; an eagle fluttering its wings and circling round a blue sky; a meandering river running through the earth; rain and wind; thunder and lightning; a running horse; a menacing serpent; a flying dragon and phoenix; and a tiger at rest. These forms seek to express the profound meaning and deep spirituality within my work.”

This exhibition comes on the heels of Huh’s first exhibition in the United States at James Madison University, as well as his widely acclaimed 2006 German and 2008 Korean exhibitions. Eastern Mennonite University, the Korean Embassy in Washington, D.C and the New York Cultural Center have also opened their doors to the artist from Nov. 2, 2009 to April 20, 2010.

Huh’s artistic career began with his study of Chinese classics in 1962 at the age of 5, and has continued for almost 50 years. He has worked involved with a variety of traditional calligraphic styles such as Jeonseo (seal script), Yeaseo (clerical/official script), Haeseo (regular/standard script), Hangseo (semi-cursive/running script), Choseo (cursive/grass script), Korean alphabet styles, seal engraving, the “Four Gentleman” (plum blossoms, orchids, chrysanthemums, bamboo) and even ceramics. He won the grand prize at the 1995 National Art Exhibition, the most honorable art competition in Korea, and is one of the most renowned Korean calligraphic artists and seal engravers. With his U.S. tour, the artist seeks to introduce a new art genre to American audiences and to create a unique aesthetic experience combining ancient Asian calligraphy with modern painting techniques.

The website www.moosan.net contains the history of emography and all of Huh Hwe-tae’s work. For more information, please contact Young Yim at 571-215-9417 or emography05@gmail.com.

 

About the Galleries

The Galleries are located on Mason’s Fairfax campus. The Johnson Center Gallery is located on the main level of the George W. Johnson Center in the heart of the campus. The School of Art Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Art and Design Building. The Mason Hall Alumni Atrium Gallery is on the ground floor of Mason Hall on Mason Pond Drive. Galleries are open Mon. through Fri. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., unless otherwise noted, and by appointment. The Concert Hall Gallery is open Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Gallery Program is a division of Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, home to the Center for the Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

About George Mason University
Named the #1 national university to watch in the 2009 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country.  Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university.