Artist Statement from Busan/South Korea by Hyunjeong Lim

사소한 발견 Kleine Entdeckungen

 

Hyunjeong Lim

 

Hyunjeong Lim,"Paintings of Curiosity", exhibition view, 2015

Hyunjeong Lim,”Paintings of Curiosity”, exhibition view, 2015

When people see new things without having any background, they tend to perceive them based on their own experiences. As an artist, these gaps between the real facts and one’s perceptions are sometimes the most interesting discoveries in everyday life. Actually, it is not so important anymore that what we perceived is right or not.

 

I am one of the four artists from Busan, South Korea who participated the A.I.R at the Künstlerhaus FRISE with kind supports from Kulturbehörde Hamburg and Davin Art Space in Busan as part of the Artist exchange program between the two cities. Although it was only a month long residency, what we experienced and learned while living in a foreign city are still very influential to us.

 

Working on different directions and practices, we were total strangers to each other back in Busan. Then we suddenly came to Europe, to Germany, to Hamburg, to Altona, finally to the FRISE’s guest artist space and had to live and work together. Well, this whole experience to me was more than a ‘wow’. Obviously, what we saw and felt while staying and traveling together in Hamburg were so different to one another. This in a way has connection to our final exhibition’s title and theme- “Kleine Entdeckungen”. So to speak, what were my small discoveries and the other’s in Hamburg?

Hyunjeong Lim Hyunjeong Lim,"Somewhere", ink, acrylic on wood panel, 30x60cm, 2015

Hyunjeong Lim,”Somewhere”, ink, acrylic on wood panel, 30x60cm, 2015

I am strongly interested in the notion of unconscious memories and creating an imaginary world. So I have practiced a way of intuitive drawing as a main method and tried to visualize a mindscape consisting of various creatures with stories that are suggestive to the world of fantasy. As a reference, I researched old masters like Hieronymus Bosch and Peter Bruegel. This leads me to subject matter of landscape which can describe an artist’s inner view. so I gradually combined elements from my own surroundings in the painting and played with all the visual references I brought.

In Hamburg, I was particularly interested in researching Casper David Friedrich and Albrecht Dürer’s landscape paintings and drawings. For me, seeing the masters’ real works at the Kunsthalle Hamburg was a great chance to have glimpse of the artist’s ideas and personality. Experiencing Hamburg’s weather and short day time in winter was very interesting to me as well. I think this experience provided me better clues to understand these master’s unique styles like how they created certain colors of sky, atmosphere and in turn, their ideas of human relationship to the nature. In this sense, I focused on producing small pictures in order to visualize everyday’s memorable moment, objects and perceptions on my short trip to Hamburg with references to these masters. This practice was like building my own wunderkammer about Hamburg.

 

Hyunjeong Lim,"Paintings of Curiosity", exhibition view, 2015

Hyunjeong Lim,”Paintings of Curiosity”, exhibition view, 2015

 

Jiwoo Lee

Jiwoo Lee, “Cherry Blossom and Sparrows”, 2014

Jiwoo practices mainly with wheel throwing to produce ceramics. He spent 8 years in Japan in order to study the underglaze iron painting technique for ceramic which was a unique Korean Ceramic tradition before. (Now it is an endangered tradition in Korea.) He is also interested in making white porcelain, a classic heritage of Chosen dynasty as well. He translates this traditional white porcelain into a contemporary visual language.

 

Unbenannt

Jiwoo Lee, “Besucher”, clay and bricks, 2015

Long time ago in Korea, there was a tradition that when someone died, people buried the body with a small clay house together. It was a hope that the dead would continue to be happy in the house afterlife. His work during the FRISE residency adopted the tradition’s form and style. He produced houses that he saw while walking in Hamburg. He felt the stone pavement on the road is very beautiful. So he placed bricks as reinterpretation of the stones and canals, then put houses on top of each brick. Also, he was surprised to see so many windows in those buildings and though that’s quite beautiful. He wondered that is it related to the short daytime and bad weather in winter here? The house roof’s shape and steep angle are very curious to him as well, maybe it’s because of heavy snow? From his own point of view of Hamburg as a foreign visitor, he expressed Hamburg in this way.

 

Jiwoo Lee, "Besucher", clay and bricks, 2015

Jiwoo Lee, “Besucher”, clay and bricks, 2015

 

 

Hyun Yeop Kim

 

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Hyun Yeop Kim, , mixed media, 2015

 

Hyun Yeop’s subject matter has been the ideas about human violence, especially war and satires about them. As a sculptor, he often creates miniature size of soldiers with weapons, tanks and warplanes to emphasize absurdness of war. As his main historical references are World War 2 and Nazism in the past, the trip to Germany for him was an excellent opportunity to research his theme more deeper. In fact, this Hamburg residency was his first travel abroad. When visiting the famous Miniatur Wunderland, I could certainly see the true enthusiasm on his face.

In Hamburg, what caught his eyes most was numerous graffitis on the street. In Korea, you’ll hardly see graffitis on residential area unless it meant to be a pretty wall painting. So it was rather a big shock to Hyun Yeop. This reminds him of war in terms of an act of tracing. as he thinks the aim of war is leaving trace(or scar) with guns and knife to send certain messages. Therefore, he wanted to say that an act of war is merely idealizing its purpose. For him, it is similar ridicule to making graffiti’s on someone’s house.

Hyun Yeop Kim, , mixed media, 2015

Hyun Yeop Kim, , mixed media, 2015

Hyun Yeop Kim, , mixed media, 2015

Hyun Yeop Kim, , mixed media, 2015

 

 

 

Hae Jin Kim

Hae Jin Kim, , leave on paper, 2015

Hae Jin Kim, , leave on paper, 2015

 

Hae Jin is interested in obsolete object and space in a modern city(mainly in Busan) such as an old house’s roof top, empty children’s play ground. Sometimes he even uses fallen leaves on street as a main material to create a fragment of fragile and sensitive imageries about a city. In his work, the process of representing ‘temporariness’ comparing to the speedy city development of his town is essential. Thus, in exhibition space, Hae Jin focuses on drawing an image of a building on a white wall using construction cement. His cement picture is not a perfect structure but an incomplete landscape of the floating buildings. Yet this is not a realistic depiction but it is derived from the imagination and memory of the artist. During the exhibition, this landscape was gradually disintegrate and at the end will be disappeared completely. During his residency, he visited Nürnberg. His short trip to the famous war history sites inspired him to have a new aspect of his subject matter. His wall painting at FRISE was the visual record of his trip to the Germany.

 

Hae Jin Kim, , cement on wall, 2015

Hae Jin Kim, , cement on wall, 2015

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Hae Jin Kim, , cement on wall, 2015

 

Die Entdeckung der kleinen Überraschungen des anderen Alltags

Vier Künstler aus einem anderen Kulturkreis in Hamburg – wie nehmen sie den uns vertrauten Alltag war, wie sehen sie durch ihre Augen die kleinen Dinge unserer Umgebung, die uns kaum mehr auffallen, die unserem Blick entgehen? Und vor allem: welche Eindrücke faszinieren sie, was weckt ihr Interesse, was wirkt in ihrem künstlerischen Geist nach?

Vier Wochen waren Hyunjeong Lim, Jiwoo Lee, Hae Jin Kim und Kim Hyun Yub in Hamburg, durchstreiften die Stadt, ließen sich treiben und entdeckten die Stadt auf ihre Art und Weise. Sahen die gleichen Dinge und setzen sie jeweils subjektiv und in der eigenen Arbeitsweise um.Durch die Kürze ihres Aufenthalts und bedingt durch die Reise im Format eingeschränkt sind vielfältige kleinformatige Arbeiten entstanden, haben die Künstler ihre Arbeitsweisen modifiziert und umgewandelt und Werke voller Intensität und Entdeckungsfreude geschaffen, legen sie uns die Besonderheiten unserer Stadt in kleinen Details, in „KLEINEN ENTDECKUNGEN“ dar.

Hyunjeong Lim erschafft in ihren Arbeiten imaginierte surreale Welten. Die normalerweise auf großen Leinwänden arbeitende Künstlerin spürte in Hamburg vor allem den Landschaften nach, die sie durch die großen Meister Caspar David Friedrich, Pieter Brueghel, Albrecht Dürer und Hieronymus Bosch bereits von Bildern kennt. Diese Anregungen konnte sie nun mit den eigenen Erfahrungen der Landschaft um Hamburg herum, besonders an der Elbe, kombinieren und so intensive Welten gestalten, die fremdartig vertraut wirken.

Hyunjeong Lim: Somewhere, 2012, Kreide auf Leinwand, 160x350cm

Hyunjeong Lim: Somewhere, 2012, Kreide auf Leinwand, 160 x 350cm

Jiwoo Lees Medium ist das Töpferhandwerk. Unter bewusstem Verzicht auf einen Brennofen setzt er sich hier nun in luftgetrockneten Miniaturen mit der Hamburger Architektur in all ihrer Vielfalt auseinander.

Jiwoo Lee

Jiwoo Lee: Keramik, 2014, 53 x 53 x 8 cm

Einen Schritt weiter geht Kim Hyun Yub – auf kleinformatigen Zeichnungen von Hamburger Häusern setzt er sich explizit mit der Graffiti-Kunst Hamburgs, mit der „Zeichnung der Straße“ auseinander, die sich so stark von den koreanischen Sprayereien.

Kim Hyun Yub

Kim Hyun Yub: A tragic cartoon-Festival, 2013, 240 x 160 x 80 cm

Hae Jin Kim dagegen haben es besonders die „Lost Places“ der Städte angetan. In seiner Heimat fertigt er Leinwände und auch Wandbilder dieser Orte, die unserem Auge oft entgehen.

Hae-Jin Kim

Hae-Jin Kim, 2012

Im Zusammenspiel dieser vier Positionen von vier Künstlern, die sich erst während ihres gemeinsamen Hamburg-Aufenthaltes kennenlernten, die hier vier Wochen lang ein Atelier und ihre kleinen Entdeckungen teilten ist so eine faszinierende, überraschende und vor allem unglaublich vielfältige Ausstellung entstanden, die dem Besucher die Auge die kleinen Besonderheiten öffnet und uns mit neuer Entdeckungsfreude des scheinbar so Bekannten zurücklässt.
Eröffnung der Ausstellung am Mittwoch den 7. Januar 2015 um 20 Uhr in der FRISE, Arnoldstraße 26 in Hamburg.

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung der Kulturbehörde Hamburg.