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Chung Chang-Sup (1927-2011)

The unique works of Chung Chang-Sup have been called “unpainted paintings” in which he molds traditional Korean paper known as Tak after soaking it in water. Pigments are not added to the paper pulp and the muted tones that manifest in the works are based on the length of time the paper is soaked in water before being applied with handmade glue to the canvas support. Chung’s work reflects his Taoist belief that the creative artist balances material and nature in a unified act of making. Long considered synonymous with Korean culture, Tak paper is made out of mulberry bark and embodies the simplicity and rugged beauty prized by tradition.

Chung Chang-Sup’s work was recently included in the seminal exhibition Korean Abstract Painting_10 Perspectives at Seoul Museum of Modern Art (2012) and Tell Me Tell Me: Australian and Korean Art 1976-2011 at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea and Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2011), and Korean Abstract paintings: 1958-2008 at Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul (2008). He was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea in 2010 and is included in Sharjah Biennial 12: the past, the present, the possible (2015). Chung Chang Sup died in 2011.