Hanging scroll: ink on paper
Dimensions: Image: 31 1/2 × 31 1/2 inches (80 × 80 cm);
Overall: 54 × 36 inches (137.2 × 91.4 cm)
Acquired through the Jarett F. Wait, Class of 1980, and Younghee Kim-Wait Endowment for Korean Arts
Her Suyoung’s mountain landscape provides the viewer with an imaginary place in which to wander in the moonlight. In this he follows the classic literati tradition of East Asian ink painting, but brings a contemporary element to the subject by including his bicycle as a stand-in for the typical scholar or sage.
Shown on a rocky outcropping, the bicycle, which Her calls “My Cob,” is inspired by Red Hare, the noble horse of the Chinese warrior Guan Yu (died 219), known as Chituma in Chinese, or Jeuk to ma in Korean. This horse possessed magical abilities, such as the endurance to travel a thousand li (about four hundred kilometers) in a single night and the agility to traverse mountainous terrain as if it was flat land.
Her Suyoung studied painting at Seoul National University and at the Tianjin College of Fine Arts, China. He was on the faculty of Jeonju University and a lecturer at Won-kwang University. He currently lives and works in South Korea. (“Moon," curated by Ellen Avril and presented at the Johnson Museum August 25, 2018-January 13, 2019)
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