with works by KANG Ju Hyeon, Leehaiminsun, Im Sunyi, JO Hyejin, Han Sungpil
PHOTO-initially, finally features five artists, KANG Ju Hyeon, Leehaiminsun, Im Sunyi, JO Hyejin and HAN Sungpil, who work in their each unique way to deal with ‘Photography’ as an artistic material. They initiate or end up with painting, sculptures or prints out the the process.
KANG Ju Hyeon’s sculpture is made of photograph prints cut linearly. She use them to form a structures she selects and this is called ‘photo drawing’ as if the long and thin papers are drawing lines in three dimensional space. The initial photograph she takes becomes the skin of the objects - a grinder, tools, or a fire extinguisher - which she uses in her studio.
Leehaiminsun dissolves the ink on printed photograph. Her ‘Photo drawing’ series in the show was initially intact prints of rocky mountain scene. She dissolved and rearranged the print ink stain to turn it into semi abstract painting of stone pit. In this process, jewel turns back into gemstone, marble into river and mountain.
Im Sunyi has been working on her mountain scenes for her uneasy view on the modern society’s transformation. She observed Namsan, central mountain in Seoul and analyzed structures and spaces around the place to quantify for its topography. Her topographic sculpture installation is finally photographed with fog for mystic view before printed.
JO Hyejin tries to find out artistic formation from her daily life and reassigns the background and history into her works. Her reference is flyers and Hwamunseok, woven mats in elegant and sophisticated floral patterns. She looks up similar design pattern images on the web and makes collages. Those traditional images becomes exotic landscape photography.
Han Sungpil’s signature ’Facade Series’ records a certain space in specific time. He photographs a scene blended with virtuality and reality. He shades with a huge architecture images as if the building stands in the space for real. After he photograph the scene, the installation is taken down so no one can ever see the actual scene in person. His work only preserves it.