Jeong Myoung-jo: The Paradox of Beauty

The Paradox of Beauty is a solo exhibition by the contemporary Korean hyperrealist painter Jeong Myoung-Jo, which features 11 pieces from the artist's iconic works depicting women in traditional Korean clothing, Hanbok, across different lives seasons and classes.

There is a deeper meaning behind its series of paintings, beyond the exterior beauty of the decorations that viewers may be drawn to at first glance. In addition to hidden female faces, pictorial interpretations of backgrounds, clothing, hairstyles, jewelry, and patterns also provide clues to the conflicting meanings of Korea's beauty and status from the dawn of history to the present. For example, backgrounds in paintings can be differentiated between bright colors and dark subjects, illuminating the subject's social status and underlying attitudes.

The reinterpretation of cultural icons may hint at how the gisaengs also constituted a prominent social group in the Joseon Dynasty, inconspicuously organizing some of the most important historical situations in addition to the obligation to maintain a beautiful appearance and gentle manners. Highlight the queen of Korea, projecting the full weight of darkness around her, undisturbed by the outside world. The chiaroscuro technique is also used to highlight the queen's desire and introspection. She is seen in a state of loneliness despite wearing the full monarchy, a symbol of power and class.
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