A Bag for the Bag? with works by Sun Mee KANG
In her work, Kang implements images of social phenomena and questions our relationship with them. She provides a picture of the need, and proposed lack thereof, for collective desire.
In her artistic process, Kang depicts images of social phenomena such as shopping bags, mirrors and packaging. By making this iconography the focal piece of her work, Kang questions how these symbols perform as everyday objects. What is their value? What can they represent? Her pieces blend in with the exhibition space or compliment it with a minimalist aesthetic, subtly referring to the modern phenomenon of technology overload. As technological beings, we risk our deep thinking by immersing ourselves into our screens, just as Kang’s works immerse themselves into their surroundings. Through her unique artistic process, Kang provides a clear picture of the need, or proposed lack thereof, of collective desire.
In her work entitled “Other Angle” (2018), the artist creates a wall mural of paper bag line drawings, symbolic of our constant desire to spend and fill. Only one of the bags is positioned differently, breaking free from the societal mold by establishing its own creative space and gesture.
In her “Response” (2018) series, Kang uses mirrors to create an atmosphere of immersion that extends beyond real time and space. The words imprinted on the mirrors, ‘SURREAL’ and ‘SCENE’ are crafted in adhesive film that blends into the glass behind it. As technological beings, we risk our deep thinking by immersing ourselves into our screens, just as Kang’s works immerse themselves into their surroundings.
Lastly, a series of drawings called “JJikda (Taking a Photo)” (2018) depicts drawings of open product packaging. Their flatness creates unconventional shapes and characteristics, altering their original purpose into one of aesthetic pleasure and contemplation.