Paik Nam June's Installations to Come to SeoulThree works of video installation artist Paik Nam-june, which were recently on display as part of a large-scale retrospective exhibition in New York, will soon be on display in Seoul. The works "Blossoming Flower Garden", "Mt. Kumkang", and "Electronic Moon" will be on exhibit at Gallery Hyundai in Sakan-dong, northern Seoul. Do Hyung-tai, the exhibition's producer, said that even though the artist was very busy preparing for the New York show and still recovering from a recent stroke, he created these works especially for his Korean admirers.
"Blossoming Flower Garden", an installation of 30 TV monitors showing his concept of flowers in full splendor, will fill up the gallery's first floor basement. The monitors of various sizes echoes his previous work "Global Groove" introduced to the public years before. In various dazzling images, flowers are placed in contrast to televisions -nature and technology.
"Kumkang" was first shown at the "New Millenium-DMZ2000" show held at Imjin-Kak (gateway to the Korean Demilitarized Zone) on January 1st 2000. This work, which was originally composed of TVs set into mandolins or lutes, has been transformed into LCD monitors,planes of glass, and DVD displays.The work may be seen as the artisit's expression of the spirit and deep desire for reunification of the Korean people. Paik has wittily painted a tiger on the monitors, a tiger being a symbol of nationhood.
"Electric moon", a reworked 1996 piece, evokes a certain poetic lyricism from its projected moon and bird images,harking back to children making shadow puppets.
Additionally, the works of other artists will also be on display such as the previously shown works of Kim Chang-ryul and Park Seo-bo.
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by Ki Sun-min