[Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art] 1st Young Eun Appreciative Friends, Connecting Memory: I. Sincerely
[Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art]
The 20th Anniversary Celebration With a Special Exhibition,
1st Young Eun Appreciative Friends, Connecting Memory: I. Sincerely
From April 7 through June 28, 2020, the Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art will present 1st Young Eun Appreciative Friends, Connecting Memory: I. Sincerely, a special exhibition celebrating its 20th anniversary. It will be on view in the Gallery I. 1st Young Eun Appreciative Friends, Connecting Memory: I. Sincerely, is a special exhibition designed to help remember the artists and all the related parties who have been with the Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art.
The Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art will celebrate its 20th anniversary with special exhibitions. These special exhibitions feature the work of the Youngeun Creative Studio's past and present artists-in-residences. The Youngeun Creative Studio is an artist residency program, which has been ongoing since the opening of the Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art. From April 7, 2020 through January 31, 2021, three special exhibitions will be held: Ⅰ. Sincerely, Ⅱ. Consistently, Ⅲ. With Worthy. From the works of Youngeun Creative Studio’s 240 artists, it will display about 200 artistic works. These three exhibitions will be on view in the Gallery I and each exhibition is assigned according to the artists’ participation year in the artist residency program, Youngeun Creative Studio (1st ~ 11th). The first exhibition will display works from 1st to 7th artist-in-residence (2000-2010 year artist residency), the second exhibition will display works from 8th to 9th artist-in-residence (2011-2016 year artist residency), and the third exhibition will display works from 10th artist-in-residence (2016-2018 year artist residency) and 11th artist-in-residence (to present year artist residency). As the Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art celebrates the 20th anniversary, these special exhibitions have acquired great significance by presenting many collections in one place for the first time ever.
The 20th anniversary exhibition, 1st Young Eun Appreciative Friends, Connecting Memory: I. Sincerely, consists of artistic work by fifty artists, which includes the Youngeun Creative Studio’s main artists, like Hyung-Koo Kang, Gilin Kim, Hai-Ja Bang, and Chul-Joo Suk. Artists-in-residence have created many types of artistic work through diverse “objets” and thematic contents as well as two-dimensional paintings, which are a classic form of and the most common medium for art. Therefore, this exhibition is expected to be an opportunity to examine various aspects of contemporary art from the works of prominent artists from whom we can follow back the footsteps of Korean modern and contemporary art, to the work of new artists who try to experiment through new media.
During the same time in Gallery II, one can take a look at the archives of various areas, such as exhibitions, education, Youngeun Creative Studio, and concerts, which are areas that Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art has advocated and implemented as a complex cultural space since its opening in 2000. More over, major exhibition posters, art brochures, leaflets, and others that were generated by the museum over the last 20 years, as well as art products produced by artists in collaboration with the museum, will be exhibited at Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art. This will provide a variety of attractions by creating spaces that offer a 360-degree virtual experience of Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art’s galleries, outdoor sculpture parks, and Creative Studios, with smart devices.
On November 4, 2000, the Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art opened in the middle of a beautiful natural surrounding near the Gyeongancheon Stream in Gwangju city, Gyeonggi-do Province. This museum aims to serve as a multicultural space by providing various educational programs, exhibiting and researching contemporary art, and managing Creative Studio. The museum consists of four exhibition halls: Gallery I is a main exhibition hall, Gallery II and the lobby of the museum where the natural and artificial light of the glass dome are harmonized, Gallery III, also known as Youngeun Hall, an exhibition hall where performances and seminars can be held, and Gallery IV, a space where young artists’ experimental works are shown. The museum also has a sculpture park and a wildflower field where views are spectacular in every season. All of these exhibition halls and natural spaces help visitors enjoy a variety of exhibitions and experiences.
▲Gilin Kim - Inside Outside, Oil Painting on Canvas 163×115cm 2001
In order to work on paintings referencing physical phenomena, Gilin Kim chose black and white for work spanning over a decade. He regarded black as a color, based on the principle that the color changes frequently along with temporal changes, and he painted over and over until black could not absorb light. Contrary to the fact that black absorbs light while white repels light, he painted over and over until black emits light while white absorbs the light. When this happens, it completes the work. In Western paintings, black and white are not often regarded as colors, but his monochromatic work shows that this need not be true.
▲Hai-Ja Bang - Eye of Light, Natural Coloring on Felt 500×204cm 2005
Hai-Ja Bang's paintings are summarized as paintings of light. By painting repeatedly on both the surface and the back side of the thick fabric, the colors are set side by side, they merge, and they penetrate each other and overlap freely. This creates the effect of an illusion, that a light slowly illuminates from the depths of the screen.
▲Young-Seok Yun - Blind Practice, 3-D photo Aluminum Frame 67×77×11cm 2004
Young-Seok Yun deals with sculpture, installation, and video in several forms. Through his artistic work, he conveys the meaning of an object’s appearance in his art, using his artist's perspective to peer into the phenomenon and glean the fundamental meaning of the civilizations that surround human beings by comparing situations. The artist once said, "the concept of a sculpture is progressing from the dimension of space to the dimension of time." This artistic work also deals with time and space through endlessly repeated movements of the basketball. The artist's perception is revealed through his work.
▲Yu-Yeung Jin - Step on Soesokkak Estuary, C35P113 Photo, Watercolor, Digital work, Frame 2004
Yu-Yeung Jin attempts to find the exit of the current paintings’ status by scanning a photo, then erasing the partial pixels of a digital image displayed on a computer, and finally water coloring on the partially erased print-out.
▲Chul-Joo Suk - A Diary of Life-Town of Seorak-dong, Acrylic Painting on Canvas, Ink, Wood Board 162×130cm 2005
Chul-Joo Suk is an artist who has been constantly studying the modernization of Korean painting. The artist's work method is sometimes referred to as “drawing with water.” This is a process that first involves painting a white or black background on a canvas, then painting a color opposite to the background color on the canvas, and drawing the object with a brush that wetted with water before the paint dries out, then quickly brushing with a dry brush several times. As various otherwise contradictory elements are used, such as brushing “one-time” from Korean painting and brushing “several times” from Western painting, and other techniques, are combined in one artistic work, the artist shows the acceptance of tradition mixed with modern transformation.
▲Hyung-Koo Kang - Self-Portrait, Oil Painting on Canvas 193×386cm 2005
Hyung-Koo Kang's work can be said to be “inner hyper-realistic paintings.” An artist who has captured the face of a person on a canvas very realistically for a long time can be said to thoroughly reproduce the object. However, it produced an unreal feeling because the reproduction is too realistic. The enormous size of the work that overwhelms the audience is a big factor, leading to this feeling of unreality and “false concoction”. Visitors look at the paintings and communicate and interact with paintings based on their own thoughts and feelings.
▲Bong-Sang Yoo - p20090505 Nail, Acrylic Painting on Wood 70×225cm 2009
Bong-Sang Yoo, who has been dealing with paintings of traditional media for a long time, has been working on nails since 2000. From abstract landscapes through forests and seas to the Cathedral of Chartres, Bong-Sang Yoo views the traditional theme of painting with new ideas, using only nails, and he is creating unique relief paintings.
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