17 Jul (Fri) - 8 Aug (Sat), 2009
12F00 - 19F00
Closed on Sunday
FOIL GALLERY is pleased to present Made of Layers, a group exhibition
of Korean contemporary art, from 17th July untill 8th August,
Gallery FACTORY, Seoul, inviting a guest curator, Kim
Inseon, who has successively curated shows for major museums and
Biennials in Korea, such as the Daelim Museum and Busan Biennial
The four Korean contemporary artists/group in this exhibition
Made of Layers hold their own formal and contextual layers in
art making praxis. Particularly, the original role of photography
and moving pictures showed in this exhibition will not be defined
in a traditional way. gRecordingh has already been incorporated
into the act of drawing that of making, and the next step of ghow
to revealh is at stake.
In case of Kim Siyeon,
for example, the artist expresses her intention through installation,
however, what remain for us are photographic images, taken by
the third person. The imageries present depression, self-defense,
and the realm of personal imagination. They are a kind of defense
system installed layer upon layer, but the fact that they are
made of fragile materials suggests dual mechanism.
has a system of identifyig his works with numbers or using specific
materials for a specific year. Using images which are intentionally
shaken and layered, and including intentional marks or stains
formed on the surface of the work in images, he attempts to create
layers of time. These acts transform his works so that they take
a characteristic of painting that cannot simply be defined as
puts repetitive acts of grinding objects in moving pictures. The
objects used in work are electronic devises, clocks, and figures
of characters like Astro Boy, Superman. Objects favored by youths
of the modern age are destroyed and disappear in front of your
eyes, and this is the reality you face when the piled layers are
Choi Sunghun + Park
Sunmin take surroundings around them and dailiness
of objects with the gnot-everydayh gaze. The role and position,
or the size and shape of the motifs they shoot are presented in
a totally different image and meaning by the eye angle and position
of the artists. Their participation in a magazine also puts their
art in layers. Their work extends the original categories of art
such as installation and photography and at the same time extends
the spectrum of audience who accepts art.
Each art piece in this exhibtion works as a layer that constitutes
space and context. In the meantime, audiences present diverse
emotionl layers which tend to differ depending upon their personal
situation, social stance, and sensibility. Corresponded with Cubism
of early 20th Century, or gtheory of relativityh by Albert Einstein:
As each viewerfs personal background and taste differs, the contents
or concepts of artworks change instantly and continually; the
relative perception or interpretation by different viewers with
diverse perspectives subsequently gransts artworks an infinite
changeability and possibility.
Intertwined with spatial and sociocultural layers of FOIL GALLERY,
this exhibition intends to highlight those layers surrounding
artworks and to read ever-changing meanings among the multihold
layers of different artworks.
1971, Korea. Lives and works in Seoul.
Received BFA and MFA from Ewha Womans University and later
graduated from School of Visual Arts, New York
(MFA). Kim held numerous solo exhibitions in Seoul over the
last 7 years after her study in New York, and
participated in various group exhibitions and art fairs throughout
the world. Kimfs signature installation photo works
with salt and soap objects can be found in different private
and public collection worldwide. Kim has also participated
in various residency programs, such as Tokyo Wonder Site (2007)
and Vermont studio Center (2003).
1969, Korea. Lives and works in Seoul. Received BFA and
MFA from Chung-Ang University and also graduated from Pratt
Institute, New York with Highest Honors. Kwon has worked
on the photographic series Time/Light since 2003, which
has been shown in numerous exhibitions and art fairs in
Korea and abroad. His recent solo exhibition Practical Illusion
was held at Gallery Hyundai, Seoul (2008). Kwon has also
participated in residency programs such as Djerassi Resident
Artists Program (Djerassi Studio, California, 2007) and
received KCAF Young Artists Award (2006).
1976, Korea. Lives and works in London.
Received BFA and MFA from Seoul National University (Sculpture
Dept.) and is currently studying at University of London,
Goldsmiths College. Shinfs main medium is single channel
video with different objects (e.g. a plastic figure of Astro
Boy or Superman and electronic devices, such as iPod or
cell phone) being grinded to a dust or vice versa. Shin
has participated in various exhibitions and art festivals
throughout the world, including Gwangju Biennale (2004),
Bienal del Fin del Mundo, Ushuaia, Argentina (2008), Seoul
International Media Art Biennale (2008), and had solo exhibition
at Alternative Space Loop, Seoul (2006). He is a recipient
of Grand Prix of 29th JoongAng Fine Arts Prize (2007) and
Media Artist Award of Daum Foundation (2004).
Sunghun + Park Sunmin
1970 + 1971, Korea. Lives and works in Seoul.
Initiated in Germany, the artist duo Choi+Park has been
working together since 1999.
Studied sculpture at Seoul National University and both
moved to Germany to further their study in Art History and
Photography (Choi at KoNln University, Park at Kunst Akademie
in DuNsseldorf). Since their first solo exhibition at Galerie
Ockhardt (Essen, Germany), they have held nine different
solo exhibitions and participated in various group shows
mostly in Germany and Korea. They had been chosen as a participating
artist of Artspectrum 2006 (Leeum, Seoul) and also received
2005 Daum Artist Prize. Aside from video, installation and
photography works, they also work as the art director of
independent art magazine versus.
1971, Korea. Lives and works in Seoul. Kim studied fine art practice
at Ewha Womans University and furthered her study in art history
at Pratt Institute, New York. Versatile in contemporary art curation
and art administrations, Kim worked for many different international
art festivals, such as 2002 Gwangju Biennale (Exhibition Coordinator),
Anyang Public Art Project 2005 (Curator), Busan Biennale 2006 (Curator)
and also worked as the chief curator of Daelim Contemporary Art
Museum. Kim is currently the art director of Inter Alia Art Company
and adjunctive professor of Ewha Womans University.