Exhibit ran from May 8 - September 15, 2006
DAYTON, Ohio – “Madonnas
of the Morning Calm,” an exhibit of thirty sacred images by Korean
artist O-Sek Bang, will be on display from May 15 through September
15 in the Marian Library Gallery, located on the seventh floor of
Roesch Library on the UD campus. Admission is free, and the gallery
is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call
(937) 229-4254 to make arrangements to view the exhibit during
Centerpiece of the exhibit
is a fifteen-foot-long screen depicting the Annunciation, Visitation and
other scenes from the life of Mary, Mother of God, on six four-foot
Ms. Bang, who lives in Seoul, uses
Korean color dye ware on Korean drawing paper to create the images.
Ms. Bang’s deep devotion to
Mary is reflected in the number of paintings she has created of the
Holy Mother of Korea, several of them included in this exhibit. In
them Mary is shown in traditional garments of a queen or noble woman.
All of her work is in
traditional Korean painting style and reflects her culture’s
religious ethos. The characteristic trait of Korean painting is to
express briefly and to the point, leaving some blank area on the
work. In this way spectators have latitude for thinking and are able
to fill up the space, not with craftsmanship or technique, but with
faith, according to Ms. Bang.
Bang is one of the artists who sowed the seeds which contain the
Korean sacred art,” Woong-Mo Jung, Seoul Archdiocese, wrote in the
foreword of Ms. Bang’s book, Holy Paintings of Korea (2001).
The book features Ms. Bang's work. It was published in conjunction
with her exhibit.
Bang’s work includes a carved stone mural-relief of 103 Korean
Martyrs for the Saenamto Basilica in Seoul and several bronze
statues, including the Holy Mother and Child in Korean style.
Bang, whose grandparents were martyrs, was a member of the Sisters
of the Blessed Korean Martyrs for twenty-five years.
interviews, contact Father Johann G. Roten, S.M., at (937) 229-4214.
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