Things I know is considered as one of Ik-Joong Kang’s representative series. The series contains numerous
sentences of daily wisdom, each succinctly put in one sentence. These sentences become Kang’s drawing
and a poem. The letters drawn on small canvases are connected and combined into completing a sentence.
The letters become a massive collection of thousands and millions of drawings covering an entire wall and a
Ik-Joong Kang, Things I know is a large-scale public art project in which the general public has participated
as creators. Since the 1980s, after Ik-Joong Kang has moved to New York, Kang has been traveling
worldwide and has long been working on subjects of 'Hangul,' the Korean alphabet, and the 'Moon Jar.' As
'Hangul' could compose a sound when a consonant and a vowel are put together, Kang's artistic endeavor
through "Things I Know" is to take a step closer to the public and also to attract the public a little closer.
That way, Kang wishes to connect the world by filling the gap and disconnection.
"Things I Know" is a large scale installation, which reflects a collection of knowledge or know-hows,
composed altogether by the artist Ik-Joong Kang. The work was completed by the participatory work of
approximately 2,300 people from the general public. The participation took place for the past several
months. The work makes it evident that the diverse voices of large segment of minorities could be re-
created into an artistic and communicable language. Regarding such characteristics, the artist defines the
work "Things I Know" as an intellectual voice of the 21st century as well as a cultural asset of the mind. The gallery 2 has started with a will to seek meaning and value in the ‘things I know.’ Things I know has
been organized as Arko Art Center’s annual Representative Artist Exhibition for several months now and it is
an incomplete, yet a perpetually ongoing, project. Thus, this project intends to nurture a collective and
independent learning environment for the public rather than following the convention of institutional
practices in which the institutions one-sidedly proclaim a singular and certified ‘knowledge’ to the public.
This project will formulate an educational platform that has no boundaries and it will span from a workshop,
an art camp, an exhibition, an educational space to a field trip. In Things I Know, all participants are
autonomous agents who could learn, share, and practice the things they know and this interaction alone will
become another work of art.