Like the sun is not an antonym for the moon, in the world there are so many synonyms which are neither exactly opposite nor parallel. There are opposite words like yes and no, but also such words as ‘birds and trees’ or’ ﬂowers and butterﬂies’ which have a correspondence but are neither antonyms nor synonyms. Stones and Trees are diﬀerent but can be read similarly; a forest and a crowd of people are diﬀerent but correspond in a way. I am trying to ﬁnd similarity in visuality, in particular, a conceptual similarity.
For more than 10 years my paintings have been devoted to visuality. This experience has made me curious about time based art. The curiosity compelled me to explore another technique; video making. Through learning this new technique, temporality started to phase into my art. When I was working with paintings, I was focused on memories and space. One of the themes that I dealt with was doubts about time. We seldom question time in fact we measure and quantify it with clocks and calendars. It was from there that doubts entered into my works, such as “Passing through, 2013” After ﬁnishing that work, my doubts about rules that measure our life led me to my next work “My night is your morning”. As for language, I was focused on visual language. And now temporality has provided direction for my next work. Furthermore I started to have doubts about the concepts of horizontal and vertical. All the ways in which we measure what we follow without question became my motive for new works. The realization is a sea ﬂowing upside down (Is it the same as the sea that I know and the sea that you know?) and a video juxtaposing two unrelated scenes of rain and people walking on a street. At the same time, I will attempt to synchronize visual images and aural sounds. This technique derives from Duane Michals and Michel Gondry. But it is only a method for realizing my concepts. I will go further than those two artists and attempt to synchronize concepts. As in my works “My night is your morning” or “Ringing bell of church and a cock caws”.
I plan to juxtapose sounds, such as the sound of cars, of rain, and of thunder, with diﬀerent videos, for example trees shaking in the wind, an airplane ﬂying overhead, a revolving door, through synchronizing (following rhythm or rhyme or composition).
For example, I am planning a video screen containing images of rain, synchronized with the sound of footsteps, of people walking. Images of rain and the sounds of people walking express verticality, as do the leg movements. This implies visual and conceptual similarity. Afterwards, the video of a ringing bell in a church will be shown with the sound of a cock cawing. In this way, the hard to discern visual and aural similarities and commonalities shared by apparently unrelated things are brought out.
In the above example, the method of matching two unrelated images and sounds is akin to Haruki Murakami’s novel 1Q84 as well as some of his other novels that feature dual narratives. I plan to paint the things and people surrounding me.The whole course of my artistic work, up to going to Glogau, and including my stay there, will be represented in painting, text and video. I plan to exhibit my art works and publish a book as well.
Through this, what I would like to express is how my spatiotemporal atmosphere composes my life, and how I create my spatiotemporal circumstances. This is a bit like small hands touching a big elephant in order to get a sense of the elephant’s shape. Therefore, I call this project, “A story which has lost its story” As I mentioned in my artist statement, “A story which has lost its story” is something I have been intimately involved and entangled with. I would like to disentangle it from my art and play with it.
I have a story which has lost its story. It has a subject who is missing a predicate and has no object. The story is only the subject: I, you, we, or they. This is a story of a subject with no body. Fragments of this story come to me intermittently. Whatever triggers these fragments to arrive from the past through a tunnel of oblivion makes me hungry. Cold winds. Clouds overhead. Planes passing overhead. I remember an old man who I cannot forgive. This was surely a story, but none will ever remember it, though I was the protagonist of the story—a story with characters and plot—in which memories disappeared. For this reason, the story without a story is a formless energy mass veiled in loose fabric— a silhouette, more form than the mass beneath it. I start to play with it. It is an external without an internal. It is a result without process. It is probability created by contradictions. My work therefore begins with facing a time which was once my past. It is to see time pulled out and thrown in front of me. It is to gaze at a time which was once my present. It is to recall a time which has now become the past, external to me. So the act of painting becomes one of repainting of memories from the past, in the present, dependent on the future. My work is a journey in search of lost time. It is a journey in search of lost feelings from previous presents. It is an attempt to get into the old present through memories out of time. It is bringing old feelings back to life in the present. Therefore my works are stories about the times that I have passed through, made up of my experiences and memories. My works often depict people and modern cities, and, sometimes nature. They furthermore explore the various relationships between people, time and nature. At other times, the stories and visions come from the spaces between objects and people, in other words, diﬀerent ‘scapes’, such as landscapes, urbanscapes, even mindscapes.
2006 Royal Institute of Art, ,Stockholm, Special Student
2005 Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Project Student
1997 Hongik University, Seoul, BFA
2015 A story of lost content, Gallery Gabi, Seoul
2010 Show window in Urbanscape, Gallery Dam, Seoul
2009 Travel note, Dr Park Gallery, Yang-Pyeong
2008 Urbanscape, Priors Gallery, Seoul
2005 The garden of Ulmme, Gallery Nordens Ljus, Stockholm
Unexpected; Thirst for Understanding, Gallery ArtBN, Seoul
2015 SEMA collection showcase, Buk Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
Charity Bazaar, Space K, Kwacheon
Painting-Every windows to the world, Blume Museum, Heyri
Confession of a Mask, Seoul National University Museum, Seoul
Unfamiliar space, Unfamiliar landscape, 63 Sky Art Museum, Seoul
Charity Bazaar, Space K, Seoul
Thanksgiving2, Ujung Art Center, Seoul
Slowscape, Space K, Daegoo
Slow Art, Nonbat Art School Underground Gallery, Heyri
Small Masterpiece, Lotte Gallery, Seoul
Start. Challenge.Adventure. Growing, SCAG Gallery, Seoul
Inaugural Exhibition, 1 Gallery, Seoul
Healing Camp, Gana Art Center, Seoul
Fashion Holic, Galleria Center City, Cheon-An
The private city, Gallery Keumsan, Seoul and Heyri
Small painting show, Jang-Heung Art Park Museum, Jang-Heung
Moment, Jang-Heung Art Park Red Space, Jang-Heung
Painter, Paint a novel, Gallery Georack, Seoul
Aesthetics of the small, Gallery Art user, Seoul
The Moon, Gallery Kimi Art, Seoul
Evoke, Gallery 4walls, Seoul
New year’s greeting, Gallery K, Seoul
Landscape of Rest, Gallery Dr. Park, Yang-Pyeong
Village Lost Its Time, Gallery Shin-Han, Seoul
Hey Mr. Lonely, Gana Art Pusan, Pusan
Urban Utopia, Gallery Curio Mook, Seoul
Hey Mr. Lonely, Gana Art Contemporary, Seoul
330, Gallery Sun, Seoul
Somewhere only we know, Gallery Royal, Seoul
Art Road 77, Gallery Han kil, Heyri
Lightless Light, IMart Gallery, Seoul
Things Dancing, Gallery Dr.Park, Yang Pyeong
My lonely planet, SP Gallery, Seoul
Antipia, Hanjeon Plaza Gallery, Seoul
International Environment Art Festival, Cheong-ju
63 Sky Art Museum New Artist Project, 63 Sky Art Museum, Seoul
KIMI For You Artist Contest Selection, KIMI Art, Seoul
Seoul Museum of Art
National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea (Art Bank)
2016 G-Seoul, DDP, Seoul 2013 KIAF, Coex, Seoul
2013 Hotel Art Fair, Conrad Hotel, Seoul
2010 KIAF, Coex, Seoul 2010 Hotel Art Fair, Shilla Hotel Seoul 2010 SOAF, Coex, Seoul 2009 KIAF, Coex, Seoul
2008 KIAF, Coex, Seoul
Ujung Art Center Residency(2012.11~2013.10)
Gana Art Jang-Heung Residency (2010.9~2012.8)
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