When experts from different fields collaborate, new perspectives that were previously unknown can emerge. Suwon Museum of Art is currently running OUR SET, a curatorial project to approach contemporary art from various angles.
The current exhibition, 2023 OUR SET: REBEL9xDONGHYUN SON, is a collaborative project between the creative group Rebel9 and contemporary artist Donghyun Son (b. 1980), who works based on traditional Korean painting. The exhibition is taking place at one of the museum’s branches, Suwon Art Space Gwanggyo from September 5 to December 17, 2023.
Rebel9, a group composed of professionals from various fields, including curators, designers, and researchers and known for experimenting with the potential of different media, is presenting nine new works in this exhibition. These pieces are based on Suwon’s local area and the archives related to the museum. The works incorporate VR and AR to offer visitors a fresh experience of the museum’s archive in virtual spaces.
Artist Dongyyun Son showcases 58 works, including those created since 2011 and new pieces that reinterpret Gyeonggi Province’s landscapes using traditional Korean painting techniques. Among the new works in this exhibition, there are pieces like Oak Tree and Fields that deconstruct, enlarge, and recombine the landscape paintings of Gyeonggi Province originally painted by Kim Hong-do, one the most celebrated painters of the Joseon Dynasty, offering a contemporary perspective.
The exhibition, featuring a total of 67 artworks, includes 2 pieces that were created through the collaboration between Rebel9 and artist Son. Beginning with the question of “What role AI can play in an art gallery,” Rebel9’s Lighthouse – As Spoken is designed to represent artist Son’s art world as an ocean, allowing visitors to engage with AI while enjoying the artwork. Kaleidoscope is an artwork that expands one of Donghyun Son’s landscape paintings like a magnifying glass across the wall as if it were unfolding in a fantastical world.