Exhibition born from moments of awe
Still, the 45-year-old Korean curator, now working as director of the How Art Museum in Shanghai, China, named a group exhibition of six Korean and Chinese artists he curated “The Moment, We Awe.”
“I selected the six artists on the one criterion - they brought awe to me,” Yun said late last month during a press preview of the exhibition, which runs through July 28 at Hakgojae gallery in central Seoul.
“In the life of the secular world, the moments that we [feel] awe, although they seem very rare, explicitly exist,” he said, citing the moment that he saw children sprinkling red flower petals and singing in the early morning in a village in Annapurna, Nepal, as an old traditional daily event, about 15 years ago.
“The works by these six artists are the ones which caused me to feel sublime,” Yun said. “These artists include my old friend that I have known for more than 20 years, and ones I have only known for less than six months.”
The exhibition starts with Jin’s paintings and Ni’s coin works.
In Jin’s large-scale oil paintings are Chinese urban landscapes mixed with the scenes of movies and scenes of martial arts.
As for Ni’s works, they are traditional Chinese landscapes drawn on small coins about 2 centimeters (0.7 inches) in diameter.
In a room in the gallery are works by Lee Yong-baek, “the old friend” of Yun. One of them is “Broken Mirror” (2011).
The installed mirrors, showing both projected images and the viewers’ reflected images, give viewers the illusion that the mirrors facing them have been shot by a gun and then are cracked and shattered, accompanied by the “bang” of a gunshot from the installed speakers.
Along with it, the viewers come to see their reflected images cracked and shattered. The work was exhibited at the Korean Pavilion in the 2011 Venice Biennale, where Lee was the representative. It is now shown in the same style in this exhibition at Hakgojae.
The other artists’ works are on display at the separate building belonging to the gallery. Qiu’s drawings and video works based on the drawings twist history centered on a few famous figures.
The show runs through July 28. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday. The exhibit is closed on Monday. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 2, and walk 10 minutes. For more information, visit www.hakgojae.com or call (02) 720-1524, ext. 6.
By MOON SO-YOUNG [firstname.lastname@example.org]