Artist Kim Hodeuk, who energetically leaves traces of ink stick on blank white space, graduated from Seoul National University and Graduate School majoring in painting. Kim has been continuing to seek towards the darkness and the depth of the ink for a long time at his studio where inks are spattered and stained, spending his lifetime together with the material. The hieroglyphic ‘muk (墨)’ consists of ‘black (黑)’ and ‘soil (土)’; the artist has been recording his life in discovering the cosmos, life, cheerfulness and vividness from the ashes remained after burning.
Kim Hodeuk has created numerous series of works where he dashes off with one stroke of a brush without any hesitation. This expressive performance of traditional material which deviated from standardized frame of Eastern painting is artist’s own unique formative language in seeking of the essence, creating his own means of communication regardless of the material. Whether crumpling a piece of paper to be used as a stamp or wetting Korean hanji paper into the ink, Kim Hodeuk freely creates brushes’ shapes, clearly showing his ‘ink play.’ Also, he does not limit himself to use only traditional Korean papers such as gengji or hanji but uses rough cotton cloth and canvas fabric, producing various ways for the ink to permeate. The artist crosses back and forth the boundaries between Eastern and Western painting and opens up a new horizon. The changes in the lighting and shading of the ink created by the power of the brushstroke permeate into the background with each stroke clotting in different ways at the same time, intensifying the cosmos created by the ink and the brush. In his earlier works, Kim depicted traditional landscape paintings depicting waterfalls, valleys, rocks, and flowing water; now, he offers abstract and metaphysical imagery by dotting points and drawing lines. Also, he continues to make installation works as well, revealing the material’s pure quality through various performance experiments.
Kim Hodeuk resolves strokes of traditional ink painting by drastic forms taking nature as a motif to explore the ‘life’ itself and attempts to form energy with ink’s lighting and shading. His works are part of National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Ho-Am Art Museum, Seoul Museum of Art, Ilmin Museum of Art, POSCO Art Museum, Daejeon Museum of Art, and Daegu Art Museum.