Every single glance in each day is a dialogue to people, to vision, and to the world. While the world past away between the shift of screens, the art is never an occasional encounter, but always leaves distinguished marks with different layers of image. Beyond the nationality, every page of the art history were piled up from tremendous wave. The exhibition "Dialogs - Korean Contemporary Arts" now is presenting fourteen outstanding Korean artists speaking firmly with their unique artistic vocabularies, with the era and the history, engraving the Blue belong to the nation of Korea within the global art field.
Just like Lee Lee-Nam’s moving paintings altering between illusion and reality, an instant moment exists as the eternal. The monitor become speaking and acting artworks, passing on stories surpassing time and space in subtle changes. Just like Lee U-Fan's "Encounter" where the artworks, audience, images, structures, and imagination space interact. The encounter between the art and dialogs is the most charming experience. Crossing a century, we encounter fourteen Korean contemporary artists, and a dialogs between them and the global art is here happening. We sincerely invite your participation to discover the conversation of creativities.
Along with the art history, "Dialogs - Korean Contemporary Arts" exhibition represents arists such as Kim Whan-ki, Paik Nam-June, Kim Tschang-Yeul, Lee U-Fan, Lee Jung-Woong, Kim Don Yoo, Bae Joon Sung, Lee Don Gi, Yoong Byung Rock, Lee Lee Nam, Kwon Ki-soo, Yi Hwan Kwan, Choi Bvung Jin, and Eddie Kang, who have been active with reputation internationally. Even almost forty years after Kim Whan-Ki (1913-1974) past away, he is still the most adored artist in Korea. Touching western modernism and being active in Paris, Seoul and New York between 50s and 60, the artist utilized clarifying sense of color and expanding space layers to open the gap of Korean contemporary abstractionism. When Lee U-Fan immigrates to Japan in 1956, he became a cord figure of anti-formalism (Mono-ha) movement. His concept is full of Zen, while visually it always seems to be simple a dot, or countless dots forming delightful lines moving rapidly, or continuous strokes of cadences, between hesitations establishing his global fashionable artistic charm. Nam-June Paik is considered to be the father of video art who foresaw the fact of new medias being common and popular in people's life. He studied in Japan and Germany in the 1950s majoring in music and philosophy. In 1963 his originated the first video art exhibition in Germany, that TV was modified as the art and electronic equipments became touchable sculpture with sound and image. Soon after he moved to New York, and created artworks with combinations of old objects, video and multimedia, successfully established an irreplaceable position in video art history. Kim Tschang-Yeul who lives in France is located in the Western where Pop-art is popular, however created a coexistence of abstractionism and realism - “Water Drops”. Thought extrememly delicate approach, those crystal but loose water drops which seem to be blow away by the wind have present a fluent, clear, diversy, however short-life estern wisdom. Lee Jung-Woon develops the struggle between newness and oldness as flipping heaviness between fingers. Powerful spreading ink freezes the time and space at the instant moment of the start, with strong and thrilling vigor and delicate skill leaving a modest wildness full of surprise on canvases. Bae Joon Sung’s creation is the complex of visual experience and encounter of beauty. Combined with photography and painting, Bae Joon Sung gives audience a new discovery and surprise as games, representing overlapping duo-image constant and rather awkward according to the angle from the audience’s move. Lee Don Gi’s “Atomaus” is a successful merging of American and Japanese animation culture. Under the animamix surface there hides rich layers of art. Just like magic. Yi Hwan Kwan’s sculptures always invent to audiences a conflicting illusion familiar but also alien through twisting, transforming, extending, or squeezing the characters’ mental conditions. An unknown taste of surprise and imagination is therefore created in the seemly real but faux scenes of interest. Smiling apples as if falling out from the wall is Yoong Byung Rock’s amazing tactile artwork on traditional Korean rice paper, along with opened and transformed wooden box spreading out the sense of aroma. Eddie Kang uses cartoon-like characters accompanied with verbal or lettered narration to form an introspective ambiguity, occasionally in this post-modern period of new painting show the characteristic of “non-subconscious surrealism”. Dongguri has brought the shining smile and energy to Kwon Ki-soo himself, as well as to others. In the fantasia forest the straight bamboos like fireworks and colorful flowers of varied sizes, draw a vivid change and layers of spaces departing from the concept of“profound simplicyt” just like a bright moderm poem. Combining western and eastern masterpieces, Lee-Lee-Nam recreates with the technology to exceed the current vision and era. The artist believes that imaginations could be more thoroughly expressed and experience in moving alternations for more scenes and surprises. On the beautiful tableau of “Mona Lisa”, the background of battlefield is added with parachutes, combat plane and bombs everywhere. Within the destroyed and smoky land, Mona Lisa could only turn her astonished eyes following the airplane. Behind the mysterious smile there hides her puzzle and worry to the future world of five hundred years later.