정Jeong, an exhibition of new work by eight South Korean artists, designers and craftspeople is on view from February 2nd – March 17th in The Future Perfect’s New York gallery.
The exhibition takes its name from the Korean cultural value that is easier experienced and felt than it is defined. Jeong can be described as signifying a collective emotional connection to people and places, expressed through feelings of loyalty, affection, and community. Through a curatorial approach that embraces this ethos, The Future Perfect’s Sandy Park has assembled an eclectic grouping of art objects and concept furniture, that collectively negotiates between Korean vernacular craft traditions and contemporary material culture. Bringing together artists whose work is shaped by a variety of approaches — from a rootedness in ancient craftsmanship, to interpretations of the traditional through new materials and techniques, to methods of working that are entirely reliant on contemporary technology — 정Jeong moves beyond an examination of cultural identity into a global conversation about consumerism and sustainability, as well as the all-encompassingly existential.
Those familiar with The Future Perfect will recognize the work of Jane Yang-D’Haene and Seungjin Yang. Also featured are works by Rahee Yoon, Chungjae Kim, Jaiik Lee, Jinyeong Yeon, Junsu Kim, and Myungtaek Jung.
“As a gallery we are constantly seeking to further our thinking around design and the discourse that emerges out of it,” notes Gallery Director Laura Young. “With 정Jeong we were inspired by the material innovation and the conceptual thoughtfulness that often carries an emotional poignancy in these artists’ work. As a result, each piece in the exhibition feels both highly personal and universally relevant.”