Alone Not Lonely : Jang Koal Solo Exhibition

13 Sep 2022

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Tang Contemporary Art will be holding Jang Koal's (born 1989) solo exhibition, ‘Alone Not Lonely’, from September 17 to October 30.

This exhibit is like a letter of consolation for modern people who hold in their hearts the loneliness and depression sent with living creatures such as cats and people and backgrounds depicted with the artist’s imagination.

Globally recognizor for her distinctive painting style and unique images, it is Jang Koal's first solo exhibition in Bangkok.

At ‘Alone Not Lonely,’ the artist presents happy memories and shares the moment to give us strength to overcome and take a step forward, although it may be challenging to heal our inner loneliness and wounded heart.

‘Precisely the leslightesthing, the gentlest, lightest, the rustling of a lizard, a breath, a moment, a twinkling of the eye - little makes up the quality of the best happiness.


The female people in her works represent the modern people living with the distress of reality, loneliness, and bra open hearts. She refuses to create beautiful images of moeverydayeople carrying the burden of reality. Instead, each character appears torn and candid, making it more gorgeous.

The background of her works expressed with thhowhe artist views and preserves the world intertwined with her imagination shows her warm heart looking at the world and consolation for modern people. A cat, turtle, plant and living thing that the artist created comes near and stays with the illustrated characters in her works, trying to share feelings and arousing pleasant tension in a fleeting moment to calm one’s discontent s, such as saying hello to a cat met on the way, the waving wild grass, time spent with friends or family members and spending time alone to communicate with the inner self appears in the lyrical and dreamlike paintings which have psychological and artistic attraction. Pieces of memories in the newly recreated works evoke the audiences’ emotion at that moment, inviting them to share the moment of healing.

At the Inis exhibition, the series that focuses on the shape of a person espmainlyncentrates on colour. In other words, the inner side of modern people is dyed in the colour of honest feelings. Colour is a significant element that completes her work. Accordingly, Jang Koal covers the wooden panel top with hanji (traditional Korean paper), glues them and works with acrylic paints.

Jang Koal has been active in exhibiting her works in Nanzuka Underground Gallery (Tokyo, Japan), Powerlong Museum (Shanghai, China) and EverydayMoonday Gallery (Seoul, Korea), and participated in artist residence programs such as Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris, France) and Residency Colección Solo House (Somo, Spain).

Jang Koal (b. 1989, Ulsan, South Korea) is a self-taught artist who has possessed a deep love for drawing from a young age. Growing up in the care of her grandparents, she was often brought along when visiting Buddhist temples. Here she became acquainted with the striking traditional art that covers the temples' exterior and interior, which sparked a fascination for their colourful and enigmatic atmosphere. These early impressions continue reverberating in her present-day artistic practice; however, the now Seoul-based artist has pushed on to explore more contemporary themes and methods of working on hanji, a traditional Korean paper.

Utilising modern materials and techniques, she works with contrasting vivid, solid colour sections against intricate patterns and constructs elegant imagery in which female figures are immersed in an imaginary parallel world filled with cats, flowers, and nature. Sourcing positive memories from her personal life, Jang addresses seemingly mundane and peaceful scenes but simultaneously touches on subjects that she can only express without restrictions through painting. Mixing the surreal, often ambiguous, or mystical atmospheres with bright colours, flowing lines, and compositions, she can create a captivating tension in which her subjects seem most comfortable.

Tang Contemporary Art

Since its founding in Bangkok in 1997, Tang Contemporary Art has opened 7sevenspaces in Beijing, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Seoul to promote the development of experimental art in different regions. In the past 20 years, Tang Contemporary Art has organised groundbreaking exhibitions in its gallery spaces and operated with important art institutions in China and abroad to accomplish outstanding art projects. The gallery strives to initiate dialogue between artists, curators, collectors and institutions working locally and internationally. A roster of groundbreaking exhibitions has earned Tang Contemporary Art internationally renowned recognition, establishing its status as a pioneer of the contemporary art scene in Asia.