“PIBI+: Unnamed Void” is on view at PIBI Gallery until May 20. ‘PIBI+’ was first launched in 2018 to introduce artists working in various media to the public. This exhibition, the first in five years, aims to showcase a cross-section of contemporary Korean painting through three artists whose main medium is ‘Painting’.
An Joongkyung (b.1972), Eom Yujeong (b.1985), and Kwon Bichsaem (b.1988), who participate in the exhibition, use the most familiar objects in art: painting and the flat surface. Through these, they present recent works that project the artist’s inner self onto portraits and landscapes.
‘Stain’ is an important element in An’s work. The stains seep in and out of the objects, merging with their surrounding existence and condition. These works are seemingly smeared and intertwined but ultimately become one. For the artist, ‘stain’ is a technique, a trace, and a medium for harmonizing backgrounds and figures, and through it, she presents new works that harmonize landscapes and figures.
In contrast to her botanical paintings, in which complex ‘nature’ is vaguely simplified to appear peaceful, Eom presents her portrait drawings, in which ‘humans’ with various emotions are concisely expressed with only a few lines. Plant paintings condense numerous lines and show various landscapes through changes in brush speed, thickness, and texture. On the other hand, the extremely simple portrait drawings are colorless and expressionless, but through changes in the eyes and posture, we can feel various emotions and thoughts through the work.
Kwon creates space by contrasting landscapes and figures with darkness and light, showing the life force inherent in existence. In the darkness of life, the artist encounters and relates to the world and looks outward. The owls and telescopes in works are related to the act of seeing. It can be seen as a manifestation of the unconscious that seeks to reach the essence and enrich the world through an act of seeing.
One and J Gallery presents “Giant,” a solo exhibition by artist Minae Kim (b. 1981), from April 6 to May 14. This exhibition is divided into three floors, each with its own spatial character, and features sculptures, drawings, and installations.
Upon entering the exhibition, half a floor down, in an all-blackened space, is an installation that seems to symbolize death. This work is called Ultimate Pedestal, but the first thing that comes to mind is a coffin. Next to it, 20 Carbon Paper Drawings are on display. The ‘Carbon Paper Drawings’ are a series of drawings that follow the outlines of photographs of sculptures from the Greek-Roman period and sculptures by Michelangelo and Rodin.
Upstairs, three giant sculptures are displayed in a row on the second and third floors. Some of the works are on pedestals and some are cut out. Some are on pedestals and others are cut off, depending on the viewer’s eye level and location. This works have an unidentifiable shape as they combine forms found in traditional sculpture.
Kim’s work is ‘site-specific,’ in which she accepts the exhibition space as a frame and uses the structures inside as part of the work or as an idea. Through her installations in the exhibition space, she raises questions about essential human concerns and desires.