Hackensack, N.J. – As part of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month which is celebrated during the month of May, Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco has announced that an art exhibit will be on display on the 5th floor of One Bergen County Plaza until May 30th.
The exhibit features two notable and celebrated artists with a long history of compelling work (Mann-Lih Huang and Bon-Jeong Koo).
The public is encouraged to visit the 5th floor at One Bergen County Plaza to see the artwork and attend the Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration taking place on Tuesday, May 22nd at 5:30 p.m. in the Board of Chosen Freeholders public meeting room.
Below are the biographies from the two featured artists:
Mann-Lih Huang, is a master artist of the ancient Chinese art Zhong Guo Jie, or traditional Chinese knot tying. This ancient art form began with the simple need for clothing fasteners, when a basic knot was used as a button. Eventually the technique was expanded to make decorations for the home and for special gifts.
The elaborate examples exhibited here include a traditional Chinese Dragon boat, a peach tree, bouquets of flowers, and miniature teapots. Mrs. Huang has dedicated her time teaching Chinese school on weekends and included in this exhibit are many student examples of knotted work in the form of flowers, jewelry, and holiday decorations.
Mrs. Huang has taken part in the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Folk Art Apprenticeship Grant in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. Her role has been as a master of an old traditional art form. The grant process involves a single student learning a fading art form from a teacher considered an expert of that tradition. It is an ongoing annual program run by the NJSCA that has funded the learning of many different cultural traditions, successfully documenting and ensuring the vitality of these endangered art forms.
Mrs. Huang’s Zhong Guo Jie has also been exhibited at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton and the Newark Museum in Newark.
Bon-Jeong Koo, was born in Seoul, Korea and earned a degree in painting from Hong-Ik University in 2000. He continued his study in the United States while attending at Hong-Ik Graduate School. Bon- Jeong is currently a Fort Lee resident who exhibits internationally and makes time to teach students locally at his Fort Lee studio. As seen in these works, the artist’s use of mediums including charcoal, acrylic paint and watercolor demonstrates an outstanding command of control and sensitivity. His wonderful sense of composition and dramatic use of perspective immediately draws the viewer into his work.
Bon-Jeong’s solo exhibits include: 2017 Welcome to the Jungle, Serene Space, Busan, Korea; 2015 Gold Horn, Elga Wimmer- Hyun Contemporary, NY, NY; 2014 Bonjeong Koo Solo Show, Serene Space Korea; 2013 Arrogance & Predudice, Opsis Art, Seoul, Korea; 2013 Bonjeong Koo Solo Show, Namchon Country Club, Gwang Ju, Gyoenggi-do; 2006 Sacred and Profane, Zone: Chelsea Center for the Arts, New York, NY; 2006 Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Drew University, Madison, NJ. His work has also been shown in many group exhibitions in Korea, China, NYC, and NJ.
Bon Jeong’s artwork can be found in the permanent collections of Cheil Industries- Samsung Group, Seol, Korea; Drew Theological School, Drew Universty, Madison, NJ; Paradigm Art Inc., New York, NY; JW Marriot Hotel Seoul, Korea; MBK Partners, Seoul, Korea, Headquarter Office, LaMer Korea Co., Seoul, Korea.