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Jeong Zik Seong, 201438, 2014, acrylic and oil on canvas, 76 3/8 × 102".

Jeong Zik Seong

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Jeong Zik Seong, 201438, 2014, acrylic and oil on canvas, 76 3/8 × 102".

While an art student at Seoul National University more than twenty years ago, Jeong Zik Seong was a member of Photography Group Manifesto, which documented the protests of nearby residents who were forced to move when their dwellings were slated to be demolished to make way for urban-renewal projects. Now painting rather than taking photographs, she is still fascinated by the architectural transformations of the urban landscapes where she lives, and she remains just as concerned with the underprivileged. The thirty new paintings in her recent solo show “Constructive Abstract” transform the often politically charged redevelopment sites of Seoul into visually enticing quasi abstractions.

Around 2006, the artist—whose pseudonym is the Korean word for honesty—became known through her series “Semi-Detached Houses,” 2004–2009, a group of paintings that refer to the two- to

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