One of the founders of what became known as Dansaekhwa (or Tansaekhwa), Park Seo-Bo‘s recent show at White Cube gives an overview of his long career, even including a couple of paintings from the 1960s.
Here are photos of some of the pieces that touched me the most.
These ridged works are made with Hanji, traditional hand-made Korean paper produced from mulberry bark, forming a combination of painting and sculpture.
I recommend reading the overview on White Cube’s website for a fuller explanation of the artist’s career as I can’t summarise it in less than a minute.
He is perhaps best known for his écriture (writing) work where the repetition of overlaid marks is a ritualistic and contemplative process, something I identify with in my practice.
These pieces vibrate, quiet and serene yet seething with energy.