In new show, artists break from their comfort zones

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In new show, artists break from their comfort zones


Dongi Lee’s painting “Power Sale,” left, and Suejin Chung’s video “Infinite Human Pattern Actuator,” right, are part of the “Spectrum Spectrum” exhibition, which begins tomorrow at Plateau Gallery in central Seoul. The show features seven established artists, including Lee and Chung, and seven younger artists they recommended. Provided by the museum

Artist Dongi Lee, 47, is best known for his character Atomaus, which he created by combining Atom (Astro Boy), the robot hero of the Japanese anime, and Mickey Mouse, of the American Walt Disney Company.

But in a new group show entitled “Spectrum-Spectrum,” which debuts tomorrow, Lee takes a different approach. He will unveil a large-scale painting that juxtaposes well-known imagery, like a sale logo, with abstract images.

Moreover, all seven of the established artists participating in the exhibition, taking place at Plateau, a Samsung Museum of Art branch near City Hall Station in central Seoul, will showcase new work that deviates from their signature styles.

Artist Hyungkoo Lee, 45, for instance, won recognition for his sculptures depicting the skeletons of popular characters from animated films, like dinosaur fossils in a natural history museum. But this time, he will present a filmed self-performance, entitled “Measure,” in which he walks in an elaborate apparatus he made himself that allows him to mimic the movements of a horse. The video may be a sharp departure from his former work, though it is consistent in that it reflects his interest in anatomy and the movements of animals, the museum said.

Likewise, painter Suejin Chung, who has long been interested in visualizing human consciousness and her theories behind it, will show off her first video work in this exhibition.

The film, entitled “Infinite Human Pattern Actuator” will likely arouse viewers’ interest, and maybe even doubt - it has the ambience of an advertisement campaign for a newly inspired religion.

“It is a kind of ad campaign for my theory: sensing something is perceiving its patterns, and human consciousness exists in the form of patterns before it becomes text,” she explained.

The seven artists - which also include Kim Beom, team MeeNa and Sasa, Jinnie Seo and Inhwan Oh - all participated in the previous “Art Spectrum” show, which Samsung Museum of Art has held five times in the past decade for up-and-coming artists.

“Spectrum-Spectrum” circles back to the artists who grew along with the “Art Spectrum” show, the museum explained. The artists also respectively recommended seven other younger artists for this show, which will also feature work by them. The team Sulki and Min and painter Juri Lee are part of the younger generation in the show.

*The exhibition runs through Oct. 12. Tickets cost 3,000 won ($2.80) for adults. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.

Go to City Hall Station, line No. 2, exit 8. For details, visit or call (02) 1577-7595.

By moon so-young []

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