Walsh Gallery

Miller / Jung: Face to Face

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Dates: Feb 4 2005 - Feb 26 2005

Opening Reception: Feb 4 2005

Printmakers Michael Miller and Won-Chul Jung Put a New Spin on the Meaning of Face.

Chicago, Illinois;

Face to Face: Printmakers Michael Miller and Won-Chul Jung put a new spin on the meaning of "face."

Chicago-based artist Michael Miller and Seoul-based artist Won-Chul Jung will debut in Chicago "Face to Face." The opening reception is on Friday, February 4th from 5 to 9 pm at Walsh Gallery. Both artists will be present at the opening reception.The exhibit continues until February 26th.

Michael Miller met Won-Chul Jung while on sabbatical in Seoul and proposed this joint exhibit, "Face to Face." Michael Miller's assemblages and drawings satirize both political and cartoon conventions, while questioning the "face" of group dynamics and the individual's roles within these groups. Mr. Miller creates layerings of faces that represent "characterizations of individuals and groups in harmony, conflict, and uncertainty." Mr. Miller's cut-outs are narratives based on his experience. The drawings are transformed through the use of everyday technology like Xeroxing and digital printing. The prints are then cut out and collaged. As a result of the dimensional quality of the work, the drawings become both "an object and a picture."

Mr. Miller has been a professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago since 1984, and has been chairman of the printmaking department for ten years. He has exhibited frequently in Brazil, Korea, France, Russia, and Hong Kong. Mr. Miller,s works have been included in numerous international exhibitions such as the 19th and 22nd Brooklyn

Museum Print Biennials (USA), the 3rd Triennale Mondiale D'Estampe Petit Format (France) and the VI Mostra De Gravure Print Biennial (Brazil). His works have also been exhibited at the Whitney Museum, and have been collected by many museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Musee d,Art Contemporain (France).

Won-Chul Jung has created a haunting installation of portraits of elderly "comfort women" that were used by the Japanese army when it occupied Korea from 1909-1949. He first became interested in making works referencing history when he went to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland in 1997. In 1998 he was asked to participate in an exhibit at the Historical Museum of Japanese Military Slavery in Kwangju, Korea. This series of portraits are linocuts that have been printed directly onto large sheets of PVC. The sheets hang from the ceiling to the floor like scroll paintings. There is also a series of framed linocut prints that become the beginning point and terminus for the ethereal hangings. Mr. Jung sands each sheet of PVC to create a crackling effect.

As the artist explains, "Although the wrinkles in each portrait represent each individual's historical truth, it is the wrinkled surface of the PVC that represents the inscrutability of each truth." What is most important in Mr. Jung's installation is not what appears on the surface, but the part that is being hidden. The viewer can only receive a hint as to the real emotional scarring behind each face. As Mr. Jung puts it, "unlike meanings, emotional scars are untouchable."

Mr. Jung has exhibited extensively in Korea and across Asia and Europe. His work is held in the collection of the Seoul Museum of Art (Korea), the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwa-Cheon (Korea), and the National Art Museum of China (China). Mr. Jung's work has been included in numerous biennials and triennials including the first Beijing Biennial (China), the 12th Norwegian International Print Triennial (Norway), the 4th Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints (Japan), and the 2000 Kwangju Biennial (Korea).