At exhibits, artists aim to move beyond facade
In Han Sung-pil’s photographs and in Han Un-sung’s paintings, architectural structures hover between physical reality and the illusory images of spaces reflecting people’s impressions and memories.
The photos by Han are now displayed at Arario Gallery Cheongdam in southern Seoul. They include the latest works of his “Facade Project,” for which the 41-year-old artist has gained fame. The series include photos of screens that cover buildings under construction or repair and are decorated with images of the completed buildings. They also include photos of buildings covered in trompe l’oeil murals.
The exhibits also include Han’s new series of photos which capture half-demolished buildings at redevelopment sites. They are real but look surrealistic, consistent with his “Facade” series.
One photograph is “Inside Out” (2012), which shows a house with its cross section exposed. The house was cut in half for the construction of a road, Han explained.
“The interior of the house, which was once a private and emotional space, is now just exposed to passersby,” the artist said. “So, it hovers over the boundary between just the materials of concrete and bricks and a psychological space with the traces and memories of the family who once lived here.”
Meanwhile, veteran Han Un-sung, known for hyperrealistic paintings of fruits or everyday objects, presents a new series of paintings that depict half-illusory and half-realistic landscapes.
The artist pointed out in a release that tourists take photos of famous buildings without paying much attention to the space behind the facades. His photos reflect this irony.
The “Han Un-sung: Digilog Landscape” exhibition runs through March 20. Admission is free. Gallery Ihn is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday. For more information, visit www.galleryihn.com or call (02) 732-4677.
The “Han Sung-pil: Diplopia” show runs through April 7. Admission is free. Arario Cheongdam is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. For details, visit www.arariogallery.com or call (02) 541-5701.
By Moon So-young [email@example.com]