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Wind Blowing Through TimeThe Kang Yo Bae Exhibition at Jeju Museum of Art
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▲ The Kang Yo Bae Exhibition at Jeju Museum of Art - Photo by Veronica Spann

Kang Yo Bae has an inspiring exhibition showing at the Jeju Museum of Art called Wind Blowing Through Time.

The exhibit shows the 65-year-old Jeju artist’s life work, from paintings he did as a child - that his mother kept for years - to works completed as recently as this year.

Walking through the diverse exhibit, you’ll find yourself double, even triple-checking that all of the work is created by the same artist. The versatility of Kang Yo Bae’s work is monumental.

Though his work varies greatly in technique and artistic sentiment, Kang Yo Bae centers his thematic focus on Jeju. His work is inspired by Jeju’s nature, people, politics, and history.

▲ The Kang Yo Bae Exhibition at Jeju Museum of Art - Photo by Veronica Spann

As a lifetime collection, this exhibition not only documents the development and progression of Kang Yo Bae’s work through time, but also the development and progression of Jeju’s history through the same period.

Perhaps the most moving component of the exhibition is a multimedia piece titled Camellia Fall, in which a slideshow displays work Kang Yo Bae created from 1989 through 1992. In this three-year period, the artist confined himself in a decaying farmhouse to paint a comprehensive collection of work on the theme of the Jeju April 3 incident.

His paintings from this collection are historically informative and heart-wrenchingly realistic. The series speaks volumes for artistic storytelling and transports the reader into a dramatically real picture book walk through this piece of Jeju history.

▲ The Kang Yo Bae Exhibition at Jeju Museum of Art - Photo by Veronica Spann

The presence of wind as a muse is evident in the first room of the exhibition. Kang Yo Bae captures the wind-created movement of Jeju nature through ocean waves, stirring grasses, and reaching clouds. His landscapes are not still, but moving. His work gives complete visibility to the otherwise invisible phenomenon of wind. The movement in each painting carries the viewer from one piece to the next all the way around the room.

With Jeju as the scenery of his mind, when Kang Yo Bae puts his mind on canvas, the results are stunning. His work, from the 1960s all the way up to 2016, displays individual masterpieces as well as a greater masterfully exhibited story of the nature and history of his island home, Jeju.

▲ The Kang Yo Bae Exhibition at Jeju Museum of Art - Photo by Veronica Spann

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