Writer Woo-Sung Lee who captures everyday life and surroundings
Waves that constantly come and go
Chapter 1969 Drawing and Animation
Familiar but longing scenery
Kang Dong-joo pays attention to subtle changes in the subject
Participated in a recent non-thematic lane reading exhibition
Moving on to the picture of rain pouring on paper
Like a long rainy season, the scene in the work continues
#Changes brought by the seasons
Last May, even at 7pm, my heart was fluttering from the moment the day was bright. The temperature difference between days and days was large, so I wore outerwear, but it seemed that my favorite season was fast approaching. My heart was so excited. Summer has finally come. In June, the sunlight is intense, the grass is fresh, and the air is fresh. When you look at the changes brought by the seasons, you feel as if you are looking at youth. Seongha (盛夏) resembles a bright and bright youth, so summer is a good time. Perhaps, for this time, I have endured the lonely and cold seasons of the past.
There is a book that I must take out and read at this time of the year. It is a collection of prose ‘Sentences of Youth’ by Kim Yeon-su. As I read the book again this year, the following sentence caught my eye.
“As time goes by, the frosty lotus leaf will wrinkle along with its green light. Even if the lotus leaves wrinkle and wither, those words that were once green will not be forgotten. I also had a horse that was so green. For example, “I read the article well”. Words like “That’s a good idea, I really want to see what kind of poetry you will write”. With those words, life seems to go on.”
Novelist Kim Ae-ran said about the youth of poet Kim Yeon-su contained in these sentences.
“I thought that talking about our youth might be the same as talking about our father. Or it’s like talking about a mother or a child. And maybe that was the summer’s intentions that once made us so brilliant.”
After seeing these words, I thought for a long time about the intentions that summer had laid out for me. And before time passed, I decided to experience the current summer fiercely. Various aspects of summer came to mind, and there were paintings by Woo-Sung Lee and Dong-Ju Kang.
#Bada, Woosung Lee ‘Maybe we have more wonderful things’
Woo-seong Lee (38) received a bachelor’s degree in painting from Hongik University and a professional degree in planar majoring from Korea National University of Arts. Hakgojae Gallery (2017, Seoul), Amado Art Space (2017, Seoul), Art Space Pool (2015, Seoul), OCI Art Museum (2013, Seoul), Seogyo Art Experiment Center (2012, Seoul), 175 Gallery (2012, Seoul) ) held a solo exhibition. In addition, he is a member of This is not a church (2021, Seoul), Hakgojae Gallery (2021, Seoul), Namseoul Museum of Art (2020, Seoul), Arko Art Museum (2020, Seoul), Gyeonggi Museum of Art (2020, Ansan), Hong Kong Korea Participated in a number of group exhibitions held at the Cultural Center (2020, Hong Kong).
In the meantime, the artist has mainly observed his daily life, surrounding environment, and people, and painted on canvas or fabric. Not long ago, he released a new drawing of an OHP film containing an animation video and the process. ‘Maybe We Have More Wonderful Things’ (2021) is such an animated video work. He drew and made 1969 drawings. It reproduces the appearance of the sea where waves constantly come and go. The beautiful music accompanying the video is performed by Eo Ja-hye, a pianist active in France. The artist showed her work to Ja-hye Eo and asked her to improvise her impressions.
Woo-sung Lee also experienced a huge change due to the catastrophic situation of the pandemic. Everyday life was confined to the computer monitor and only online. Having had a cramped daily life, he remembered that he recorded a video of the seascape he discovered while staying in New Zealand in 2016. The image of the sea I met while walking alone at sunset became clear. The video recorded at the time was played back on the laptop monitor, and a transparent transparencies film was placed on the screen. On top of that, the shape of the waves, that is, the countless moments of the changing sea, were painted with oil pastels. Thousands of films are connected to create the sea through animation, which is a moving picture.
The artist completely lost the daily life that was the subject and motivation of the painting for over a year. In this unavoidable situation, he chose to make a head-on breakthrough with painting. Drawing everyday life, he found a lyrical way of re-discovering the lost daily life. It was presented along with OHP film drawings, ‘Maybe we have more wonderful things to do’. Through this, the production process is revealed and the repetitive act of ‘drawing’ is emphasized. This act is an attempt to overcome the longing that Woosung Lee had in the special situation of a pandemic. It is a movement toward a landscape that we want to see but cannot see, and people we want to meet but cannot.
The image of the sea presented by Woo-Sung Lee may seem familiar or ordinary. However, the familiar and ordinary sea is the landscape that the artist and we long for the most. And the landscape reminds us of a very private and special moment. Through the work, Woo-Sung Lee asks, “Why don’t you think of a way to catch the wind with vague expectations of something?” And he answers himself: “We don’t know where the road we’re going first leads to, but we do know there’s an ocean at the end of that road.” There is ‘maybe more wonderful things for us’. It will be another private and special moment.
#Rainy season, ‘Rainwater Drawing’ by Kang Dong-ju
Kang Dong-ju (33) graduated from Seoul National University of Science and Technology Department of Visual Arts and studied in the Department of Visual Arts at the same graduate school. Starting with his solo exhibition ‘Jungjeon’ at 256 Nuha-dong in 2012, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Gwacheon, 2021), Arko Art Museum (2021, Seoul), Doosan Gallery (2021, 2016, Seoul), Ilmin Museum of Art (2015, Seoul), Participated in exhibitions such as Ilhyun Museum of Art (2013, Yangyang). He received the ILHUYN TRAVEL GRANT from the Ilhyun Museum of Art in 2013, the OCI YOUNG CREATIVES from the OCI Museum of Art in 2013, and the Doosan Yonkang Art Award in 2014.
The artist pays attention to the object, the gaze towards it, and the subtle change of the object according to the passage of time. This object is often a city landscape, and is mainly captured with paper, pencil, and ink. This work is an attempt that goes beyond simply moving an object to a plane and reproducing it concretely. This is because it deals with the relationship between objects and spaces derived from the passage of time, as well as the position of the artist who mediates them. In the end, this shows the whole state of being a being in relation to the surroundings instead of seeing the object as a use or purpose.
Dong-ju Kang recently participated in the exhibition ‘Rain Reading’ with rain as the theme. The exhibition compares the everyday human sense of predicting or sensing something to come to predicting rain. Now that the situation that no one expected and the outcome is unknown since the advent of Corona 19, it made us look again at the senses, which are the inner signals of the body and the instincts of humans.
‘Rainwater Drawing’ (2021) is a new work presented by Dongju Kang at this exhibition. It left irregularly distorted circular traces in the rain pouring down on the paper. It was transferred and painted again as if looking at a still life using graphite powder on a new paper.
Dongju Kang’s works continue as time stretches as the space changes. Spectators also take time to experience it. If so, the appearance and changes that were not seen at first appear. It slowly reveals itself, as when recognizing its existence in the dark. When you look at the screen for the first time, it appears as fog or smoke rising in the air. However, the image gradually becomes an overlap of raindrops that fall to the floor and spread. In the end, in the flow of time, the viewer’s eyes and the scene in the work do not diverge and connect as one. And it lasts like a long, long rainy season.
Handel Kim Curator
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