Autohypnosis, an exhibition featuring artists Dew Kim, Kai Oh, and Hannah Woo, will be on view at G Gallery from July 12 to August 12.
The exhibition explores the artists’ creative process by viewing it as a process of ‘spells’. ‘Autohypnosis’ means self-hypnosis, and the exhibition connects this process to the process of building an artist’s identity, which occurs in conjunction with the form of medium. The exhibition adds a romantic and mythological interpretation by focusing on ‘spells’, especially the spell of concealment. It aims to shed light on the creative process as an attempt by the artists to remain in the present while simultaneously defending themself through other objects.
Dew Kim’s work explores the intersections of hypocrisy and desire, paying attention to BDSM culture, queer language, religion, shamanism, and K-pop. In this exhibition, he presents works that relate to the body and the performance of the body, playing with the boundaries of cultural identity and taboo as he has experienced. Kai Oh presents a series of fabric installations in which she stacks printed images on cloth. The artist continues her formal experimentation with the materials and techniques she uses, showing the flatness of the medium of photography and its material texture and thickness. Adding to the tendency of her work to deal with sensations that begin inside the body but extend outside the body, Hannah Woo talks about the inevitable inner conflict of being an artist. In her new work < Finger > (2023), she focuses on image of needle and thread to capture these stories.
The exhibition brings together the themes that each of the artists delves into and illuminates their works alongside their new pieces.
Gallery SP presents Flat Fire, a solo exhibition by Dasom Park (b. 1989), on view from July 18 to August 17. Dasom Park chooses ‘dreams’ as her painterly methodology. She utilizes the time and space of dreams to endure the inevitable transformation and loss that occur over time. She also focuses on the process of oblivion, in which dreams are forgotten after waking up. She represents the time, space, and bodies in dreams that have lost their context. The artist often works with broad strokes on paper in non-standardized shapes and sizes to depict these themes.
In this exhibition, the artist takes a step beyond her previous focus on the body and looks at bodies that gather and disperse with the heat, visualizing the relationship between bodies and heat. The works in the exhibition feel like a gaze toward the stage, and they seem to create a specific space, creating a theatrical atmosphere. In < Cold People > (2023), a human figure appears without clothes in front of a fire. The scene evokes both the movement of running away from the fire and the movement of approaching the fire.
The title of the exhibition ‘Flat Fire’ refers to the artist’s attempt to capture the form of fire in her paintings, which acknowledges the limitations of flatness while utilizing the freedom it offers. Through the exhibition, viewers will be able to experience the heat of summer anew as they sense the unique spaces, shapes, and fires that the artist has created from winter to spring.
A bit, a solo exhibition by Paul Barlow (b. 1988), is on view at N/A from July 14 through August 12.
Paul Barlow creates his images by layering diluted acrylic paint on canvas and moving over them with a water-soaked brush. The shapes spread and form naturally within the paintings, and resulting images are reminiscent of scientific images of organisms.
In this exhibition, the artist presents work with titles that use a series of periods and bullet points, “.” and “•”. This succession of titles relates to a concept that has been central to the artist’s work and exhibition. The artists says that each small part of the work seems to reveal a whole on its own, which reminds him of a fractal, a basic structure of nature. The images seem to progress and move from one stage to the next. This flow of transition and evolution found within the paintings is uncertain and fluid rather than linear. What the works capture through this is a state of transition from one phase to the next.
In this exhibition, we can see Paul Barlow’s work in a continuous flow, with each part having its own structure.