How to become a rock, a solo exhibition by artist Kim Beom (b. 1963), will be on view from July 27 to December 3 at Leeum Museum. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in 13 years, following a solo exhibition at the Art Sonje Center in 2010, and will feature more than 70 works from the early 1990s to mid-2010.
Kim is an artist who is exceptionally aware of the other life force of everyday objects or materials. The artist recognizes the gap between the visible and the reality and reshapes objects to disturb conventional thinking. Such is the case with the works in this exhibition, including < Pregnant Hammer > (1995) with a protruding handle, < A Rock That Learned the Poetry of JUNG Jiyong >, in which recites JUNG Jiyong’s poems to a stone, and < Objects Being Taught They are Nothing but Tools >, which consists of objects sitting side by side in front of a blackboard. Other works include the artist’s < Yellow Scream > (2012), in which he paints a canvas with yellow paint while screaming to teach how to paint abstractions titled ‘yellow scream’.
The title of the exhibition, ‘How to become a rock’, is an excerpt from Kim’s artist book, The Art of Transforming (1997). It summarizes the artist’s attitude toward observing objects and keeping them in art. This exhibition will be a valuable opportunity to experience the work of one of the most important artists to understand Korean at of the 1990s.
*In addition to Kim’s solo exhibition, Boma Pak’s solo exhibition Ritual of Matter will be on view in the lobby from July 25 to December 24, and John Gerrad’s < Farm (Council Bluffs, Iowa) > (2015) will be on view in the Media Wall from July 18 to August 20.
From July 28 to November 26, Jeonbuk Museum of Art will host SORRY, FRANKENSTEIN, an exhibition featuring 20 artists, including Nana & Felix, Robert Zhao Renhui, Ryu Sungsil.
The exhibition aims to break down the boundaries between humans and non-humans and look at non-human beings as they are by recognizing today’s world as a network of relationships. If Frankenstein in Mary Shelley’s science fiction novel Frankenstein (1818) is commonly understood as the fear of the unknown behind technological developments, this exhibition says that everyone is a little bit like Frankenstein. Rather than being unnecessarily frightened by the sense of the uncanny in non-human beings, it suggests that we calmly look at the sensations that arise from them and confront them for what they are.
The exhibition includes works by internationally known artist such as Hito Steyerl and Piter Weibel, as well as works by leading contemporary Korean artists such as Ryu Sungsil. Also, the exhibition features works by Park Jongchan and Lee Ju-Ree who were selected for a support program for emerging artists at the Jeonbuk Museum of Art, as well as artists from various regions and backgrounds. Each of these artists responds to the exhibition with their own voice, looking into the post-corona world.