Ha Chong-Hyun, Almine Rech Gallery

There is something very special to the works of Korean abstract painter Ha Chong-Hyun. They put you on ease immediately.

I experienced this calming effect once before with works by Korean/Japanese artist Lee Ufan and was reminded of it the moment I entered Almine Rech’s London Gallery. As a matter of fact, Lee Ufan and Ha Chong-Hyun (*1935) are counted among the pioneers of the so called Dansaekhwa or “monochrome” movement that emerged in Korean painting in the 1970s. Dansaekhwa is all about texture: soaking canvas, ripping paper and pushing paint.

On show at Almine Rech are some of Ha Chong-Hyun’s Conjunctions, a lifelong series of paintings, which the artist established in the early 1970s and on which he is still working on up to the present day. The series led him to build his signature style, pushing the paint from the back to the front of coarsely woven hemp cloth.

Through 23 September 2017
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Ha CHONG-HYUN Conjunction 14-138, 2014 Oil on hemp cloth 120 x 180 cm 47 1/4 x 70 7/8 inches Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech Gallery Photo: Melissa Castro Duarte

Ha CHONG-HYUN Conjunction 14-138, 2014 Oil on hemp cloth 120 x 180 cm 47 1/4 x 70 7/8 inches Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech Gallery Photo: Melissa Castro Duarte

Ha CHONG-HYUN Conjunction 15-156, 2015 Oil on hemp cloth 180 x 120 cm 70 7/8 x 47 1/4 inches Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech Gallery Photo: Melissa Castro Duarte

Ha CHONG-HYUN Conjunction 15-156, 2015 Oil on hemp cloth 180 x 120 cm 70 7/8 x 47 1/4 inches Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech Gallery Photo: Melissa Castro Duarte

Ha CHONG-HYUN Conjunction 16-42 (A+B+C), 2016 Oil on hemp cloth 220 x 300 cm 86 5/8 x 118 1/8 inches Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech Gallery Photo: Melissa Castro Duarte

Ha CHONG-HYUN Conjunction 16-42 (A+B+C), 2016 Oil on hemp cloth 220 x 300 cm 86 5/8 x 118 1/8 inches Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech Gallery Photo: Melissa Castro Duarte

Ha Chong-Hyun Views of the exhibition at Almine Rech Gallery, London 01.06 - 29.07.17 Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech Gallery Photo: Melissa Castro Duarte

Ha Chong-Hyun Views of the exhibition at Almine Rech Gallery, London 01.06 – 29.07.17 Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech Gallery Photo: Melissa Castro Duarte

Ha Chong-Hyun Views of the exhibition at Almine Rech Gallery, London 01.06 - 29.07.17 Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech Gallery Photo: Melissa Castro Duarte

Ha Chong-Hyun Views of the exhibition at Almine Rech Gallery, London 01.06 – 29.07.17 Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech Gallery Photo: Melissa Castro Duarte

Ha Chong-Hyun Views of the exhibition at Almine Rech Gallery, London 01.06 - 29.07.17 Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech Gallery Photo: Melissa Castro Duarte

Ha Chong-Hyun Views of the exhibition at Almine Rech Gallery, London 01.06 – 29.07.17 Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech Gallery Photo: Melissa Castro Duarte

Ha Chong-Hyun Views of the exhibition at Almine Rech Gallery, London 01.06 - 29.07.17 Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech Gallery Photo: Melissa Castro Duarte

Ha Chong-Hyun Views of the exhibition at Almine Rech Gallery, London 01.06 – 29.07.17 Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech Gallery Photo: Melissa Castro Duarte

Ha Chong-Hyun Views of the exhibition at Almine Rech Gallery, London 01.06 - 29.07.17 Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech Gallery Photo: Melissa Castro Duarte

Ha Chong-Hyun Views of the exhibition at Almine Rech Gallery, London 01.06 – 29.07.17 Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech Gallery Photo: Melissa Castro Duarte

Ha Chong-Hyun Views of the exhibition at Almine Rech Gallery, London 01.06 - 29.07.17 Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech Gallery Photo: Melissa Castro Duarte

Ha Chong-Hyun Views of the exhibition at Almine Rech Gallery, London 01.06 – 29.07.17 Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech Gallery Photo: Melissa Castro Duarte