사소한 발견 Kleine Entdeckungen
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?
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.
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.
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.
Hyun Yeop Kim
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.
Hae Jin Kim
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.