Bridge 5: Presentation

Artist Statement

I am an artist and designer. I grew up in Seoul, South Korea. Seoul is a very busy and huge city. So the city environment influenced me and my artwork a lot. People in Seoul are very sensitive to trends and aesthetics and as I grew up in this city, I naturally got interested in art and design especially in commercial and trendy things. I usually like to work with conventional art materials such as acrylic, charcoal, and photography. In Bridge 4 project, I created five series of portrait of my girlfriend who is in St. Louis. The portraits are painted from same photo, but painted in different days. In painting different versions of the same picture there are inevitable deviations in each piece and it is in those variations where my emotions and our relationship show.

I am also very interested in readymade and appropriation concepts. So I also like to use readymade objects, found materials, and trash. The idea of taking pre-existing objects or images and reinterpreting and deconstructing the contexts really captivated me. In Bridge 2 project, I bought several dust sweepers and pasted them on a women’s jacket and made it like a fur coat. The dust sweeper fur coat was to make a protection garment for my partner, but also it was a satire of fur industry. I do not want my works to be solidified as a single style or subject. My works are not only limited to my personal experiences or feelings, but also explore about formalistic subjects such as abstraction and deal with social issues and the environment surrounding me. Art and design are visual language to me. My goal as an artist is to communicate abstract ideas that cannot simply be conveyed through words with the viewer. When initially looking at my pieces, it is as various as to be categorized as abstract, figurative, or ready-made, but the context behind them pursues an abstract explanation and uncertainty of interpretation.

Piece #1

         

This is a series of photography I made before I came to Parsons. This assignment was to create ten blue photography. At first glance, the photos look like they have filters on them, but the flares and gradually deteriorated quality of the photos hint that they are taken from the previous ones. I took photos of river and sky and then I printed them out and took photo of the photo. I repeated this process this five times and made them as a series. I was interested in how taking photo of a photo deteriorate the quality of the photo and make it abstract as it get repeated.

Piece #2

In Bridge 2, I had to make a protection garment for my partner. Her fear was dust and when I started this project, I thought of literal protection of her fear because dust is something that we can see everyday. I bought a women’s jacket and deconstructed it by cutting off some parts and then I covered it with dust sweepers. Also I made the shape and color simple because my partner liked simple clothing. This is not only a protection garment for my partner, but also a satire of fur industry.

Bridge #4

This is a series of portraits of my girlfriend. I used a picture that she took of herself for the painting. I used Photoshop to lower the quality of the picture, enlarge the image, and tone down the saturation to blur the distinction similar to one’s memory. I kept a rule of painting one piece a day and repeated the process five times. Some parts of the pieces look realistic whereas others look as though it is unfinished. Because of the lack of information the painting becomes simplistic and vague. In painting different versions of the same picture there are inevitable deviations in each piece and it is in those variations where my emotions and our relationship show.

 

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