From September 1 to October 21, Arario Gallery Seoul presents My Reality is Different, a solo exhibition by Indian video artist Nalini MALANI (b. 1946).
Nalini MALANI pays attention to various themes and characters from literature, philosophy, history, and mythology, with a particular focus on women’s roles and issues such as inequality, violence, and social oppression. By mixing historical and cultural elements, the artist expands the narrative of her work to include stories that are not only Indian but also of a transnational nature. These themes are expressed through the overlaying of multiple images and the use of intense colors and dynamic movement in the videos.
The exhibition continues this trend through performance, drawing, and video works. In <My Reality is Different> (2020-2023), a video work consisting of 34 hand-drawn iPad animations, the animations play against a backdrop of classic paintings from the National Gallery London selected by the artist. Inspired by the Polish poet Wisława Szymborska’s ‘Ballad’, the story of a murdered woman, is told through painting and video. Also, the wall drawing/erasure performance <City of Desires>, which has been produced in collaboration with local women artists from the exhibiting countries since 1992, will be presented with five Korean artists, including SIM Raejung and Lee Yejoo.
From September 22 to October 29, Space Willing N Dealing will present Gaze Play, a two-person exhibition by artists Ryu Minji and Han Hwangsu.
The exhibition focuses on how both artists transform visual information into artworks through a playful attitude. In her paintings, Ryu Minji captures the surrounding landscape as seen through her studio window. In this process, the artist pays attention to the emotion of the moment when she transfers the landscape she sees to the canvas, and the landscape outside the window is depicted on the canvas with various emotions, time, and environment involved.
In this exhibition, Han Hwangsu applies the technique of photo processing with graphic tools to photographs of his wife’s objects. The objects in the photographs are ones that the artist does not normally use, and the process of reconstructing them emphasizes their strangeness. The photographs create texts, or are created from texts, and the texts are displayed alongside the photographs, allowing the viewer to see the connection between them.
WWF is pleased to present Pygmalion Project, a solo exhibition by Cho Hyunseo, from September 15 to October 15.
Based on digital media such as AI, VR, and 3D, as well as installation art, Cho Hyunseo pays attention to the way people live online and offline. In this exhibition, the artist will present “Pygmalion Project,” a project that uses an AI program that has learned her own aesthetic sense. The artist takes advantage of the AI’s structure that recognizes biased data as information when it is inputted. The AI program learned 10,000 images that the artist found beautiful and categorized them as 34 data values. The artist puts them on a palette and uses the palette to create a new image named ‘Galateia.’
The exhibition is organized like a workplace that encapsulates the process of the project. Dictionary and sketches created by the artist as a prototype for Galateia are on display, as well as the actual Galateia created from the prototype, either by silk screening or by utilizing the digital space.