Bamboo Scale
Bamboo, Steel
175 x 175 x 52cm
2018

The artist Han Chang-gyun learned from a somokjang CHO Hwa-shin about traditional wooden furniture, and he learned about straw and plants handicraft from the artisan Im Chae-ji in Byeonsan, Jeollabuk-do. While he was looking for a material as he considered that firm tree and extremely soft straw and plants do not match the aim of his work, he discovered bamboos that have intermediate properties between wood and grass. In 2011, he trained for the bamboo crafts and its philosophy from a master of banglibjang (satgat made of thin bamboo) Noh Sun-geol. After a few years, he opened his own bamboo crafts workshop where he has been making a new tradition with an unique bamboo handicrafts by mixing the straw and plants handicraft and the techniques of bamboo crafts.

Choi Ji-han who worked with him for this work began bamboo crafts after he had been inspired by a colored bamboo box in 2007. And Choi learned the philosophy and techniques of bamboo crafts from an artisan of jukramjang(tea basket made of bamboo) Seo Seok-geun in Damyang. Choi is a young artist who constantly independently experiments on his own weaving techniques.

Bamboo, which grows well in a warm climate, has been widely used for everyday life since ancient times as a common material in the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. Seen from light containers to large-scale furniture, bamboo had been a familiar material to the people. For this exhibit, these two craftsmen produced a bamboo bench that has never been tried before. Developing the circular bench began with 200 bars of bamboo by the spoke technique, however, as its circumference grew larger, more bamboo bars were added which eventually consumed more than 800 bars. The bench Bamboo Scale with over 800 strands intertwined and loosened is public furniture for resting. They utilized bamboo’s flexible and rigid physical properties and the technical characteristics of supporting each other and extending. It will be placed at the center of the exhibit hall as a resting spot for visitors along with the sobans of various colors.

HAN Chang-gyun

b. 1969, works in Gokseong
Director of Dungji Gongbang

Education

Studied under NHO Soon-geol, Master of Bamboo Craft, Damyang
Studied under IM Chae-ji, Master of Bamboo Craft, Gokseong
Studied under JO Hwa-sin, Master of Wood Furniture, Seoul

CHOI Ji-han

b. 1981, works in Akyang, Gyeongnam
Bamboo Craftsman

Education

Studied under SEO Seok-keun, Master of Bamboo Craft, Damyang