with works by KIM Jongsook, Jeonglok LEE, Kyung Moon CHOI
LIGHT-SCAPE is an exhibition composed of artwork from three different Korean artists, whose work discusses a strong relationship to the screen and artistic plane and how that space is shared with an audience.
KIM Jongsook: Kim Jongsook is gaining international acclaim for her ARTIFICIAL LANDSCAPE series of paintings that combine paint and crystals, created with the formal support and promotion of Swarovski. Made entirely of thousands of faceted Swarovski® crystal elements, each painstakingly hand-applied to the painted canvas, Kim transforms this traditional Korean landscape into a lush, Pop Art fantasy-scape. A fantastic sparkle radiates from her work where the illuminated crystals meet the light. The artist is influenced not only by her desire to re-interpret traditional Korean ink brush landscape paintings, but also by the work of contemporary Western artists who also use crystals and decorative materials to their works, such as the Diamond Dust prints of Andy Warhol and now Russell Young, diamond encrusted skulls by Damien Hirst, the large crystal embellished paintings of Mickalene Thomas and the famed poured diamond series of photographs by Vik Muniz among others.
Jeonglok LEE: LEE Jeonglok’s Tree of Life series depicts brilliantly white trees against colored backgrounds. The leaves have been replaced by white bulbs that illuminate the surrounding landscape. Although the final photograph may appear to be digitally constructed, Lee actually builds a tree and later installs it in a selected location to photograph. After carefully considering the filming conditions, such as weather, temperature, and natural light, the artist takes a picture without the help of a computer. Inspiration for this series was gathered with opposite features from Still Life art, as Lee wanted to depict what lingered in his imagination and emotions. In myths, we discuss other worlds that linger beyond our own, perceived to be out of our grasp. These worlds inspire us, and Lee believes that there is still hope in finding them. By using photography rather than drawing as his medium of choice, his artwork maintains an essence of reality while simultaneously displaying his imaginary worlds.
Kyungmoon CHOI: Choi is a Korean artist known for his hyper-real glass container and perfume bottle paintings that represent people’s desires, materialism and aesthetic values. Choi gathers his inspiration from perfume, roses, watches, and high fashion amongst other things. The shared characteristic of such iconography is that they might appear grand, but ultimately lead finite lives. The beautiful figures and faces of models are subject to the cruelty of time and societal opinion. Gorgeous roses turn black as time passes, only to end up in the trash. Even perfume fades, no matter what the price tag reads. In Choi's works, these images are trapped inside of glass, their fragmented visuals symbolizes their momentary existence.