G-Dragon is at forefront in SEMA K-pop, art crossover
The Seoul Museum of Art (SEMA), apparently aiming at the latter, starts the “PEACEMINUSONE: Beyond the Stage” exhibition, an art show in collaboration with the K-pop icon G-Dragon and his agency YG Entertainment, today.
According to the museum, the title “PEACEMINUSONE” represents the intersection of the ideal world and the world of deprivation, which is the way G-Dragon sees reality.
“I hope many people who have believed contemporary art is difficult to understand can have easier access to art through me,” said G-Dragon, whose real name is Kwon Ji-yong, in a press conference on Monday afternoon. “In addition to widening the range of people visiting art museums, this exhibition will also function as the point where pop culture and contemporary art meet,” said Kim Hong-hee, director of SEMA.
When asked whether foreign visitors to the exhibition will exclusively reserve their interest for G-Dragon rather than the participating artists, the K-pop star said, “I don’t think so. The audience will remember at least an artist’s name or an art piece’s title, and it will contribute to people’s recognition of contemporary art.”
Among the works on display is Son Dong-hyun’s painting “Chronology of Hip Hop.” It depicts the faces of hip-hop artists who inspire G-Dragon and several symbolic objects within the large letters spelling out the word “hip-hop.” It is in the format of munjado, a traditional Korean art genre that depicts Chinese characters filled with small images related to the character’s meaning. Son is well known for combining pop culture and traditional Korean painting themes and techniques.
“I talked with G-Dragon two times in person and through many emails about the hip-hop artists,” Son said. “Many of those who inspired him overlapped with my favorite musicians.”
Osang Gwon, an artist recognized as a pioneer of photographic sculpture, created “Untitled G?Dragon, A Space of No Name,” a grand installation based on a Baroque sculpture of the archangel Michael defeating Lucifer. In this work, both faces are modeled after G-Dragon.
“Working on this, I saw many music videos of G-Dragon and was shocked by them,” Gwon said. “Their images were spectacular and I felt they could be very powerful in visual communication with the general public, which is also a concern of fine art.”
BY MOON SO-YOUNG, JIN MIN-JI [firstname.lastname@example.org]
The show runs through Aug. 23. Admission is 13,000 won ($11) for adults. For details, visit http://peaceminusone.modoo.at or call (02) 02-3789-8870.