Made of Layers



17 Jul (Fri) - 8 Aug (Sat), 2009
12F00 - 19F00
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, co-organized with 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 2006.

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. gRecordingh has already been incorporated into the act of drawing that of making, and the next step of ghow to revealh 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.

Kwon Doohyoun 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 photography.

Shin Kiwoun 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 being removed.

Choi Sunghun + Park Sunmin take surroundings around them and dailiness of objects with the gnot-everydayh 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 relativityh by Albert Einstein: As each viewerfs 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.





<artist's profile>




Kim Siyeon
Born 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. Kimfs 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).




Kwon Doohyoun
Born 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).




Shin Kiwoun
Born 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. Shinfs 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).





Choi Sunghun + Park Sunmin
Born 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 KoNln University, Park at Kunst Akademie in DuNsseldorf). 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.



Guest CuratorFKim Inseon
Born 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.



Exhibiting Artist, Shin Kiwoun is also also participating in a major group exhibition!
<DOUBLE FANTASY: Korean Contemporary Art>
Marugame Genichiro -Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Kagawa
12 July (Sun) - 12 October (Mon) 2009
The exhibition catalogue DOUBLE FANTASY: Korean Contemporary Art will be also publised to accompany the show. (FOIL, in the middle of July, 2009)


 
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