Gallery LVS (Sinsa-dong space) is very pleased to announce the two-person exhibition “Clouds soar up to end in rain” with artists Suejin Chung and Melvin Moti from June 2nd to July 9th, 2016. The exhibition will feature paintings by Suejin Chung and textile, photographs and drawing works by Melvin Moti.
Suejin Chung claims that paintings are expressive media of structural and objective observations of human consciousness rather than a display of emotions. Furthermore, she states that the flow of consciousness is not random, but travels through dimensions in a logical, geometric pattern. Chung’s works require strictly scientific analysis surpassing ordinary method of perception and thereupon simultaneously recognize possibilities and limits of human consciousness. Chung explains this through “Budozi” theory, one of the most innovative contemporary visual theories mostly based on Eastern philosophies. Her works have been exhibited in many galleries and institutions representing Korean contemporary art including National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Art Sonje, Seoul Museum of Art, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Project space Sarubia.
Melvin Moti is a Dutch artist living and working in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and this is his first time exhibiting in Korea. Moti creates 35mm films, installations, and various two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects that explore human consciousness and visual culture in reductionist methods. Moti finds various narratives in history and science and augments them through contexts functioning as filters to reveal new truths about the mind and perception. “Cluster Illusion” series, a collaboration with Japanese silk-dye master, shown in Mori Art Museum, as well as “Miamalism” and “a Century of Light”, which use time as medium, and photographs from the “Eigengrau (The inner self in outer space)” series will be shown. His works have been widely exhibited in institutions such as Venice Biennale, Centre Pompidou, Tate Modern, Palais de Tokyo, and Mori Art Museum.
“雲騰致雨 (Clouds soar up to end in rain)” is a four-character Chinese idiom from the Thousand-Character Classic, explaining a simple meteorological providence of clouds soaring up to come down as rain. Numerous metaphors of clouds, as well as the formation, movement and shapes of clouds the idiom is visualizing, adequately outline Suejin Chung and Melvin Moti’s works and concepts. An electron cloud, in which electrons are regularly dispersed, is the basic unit needed in a chemical reaction. Such model is like the scattered pieces or particles of human consciousness diluted loosely under certain structure and aesthetic choices Chung and Moti have made within their works, in order to induce flexible interaction with the exterior, the audience or different environmental context in this case. The clouds in Melvin Moti’s dyed silk works depict ‘holy’ clouds, which often serve as backgrounds in many Western religious paintings, and the act of seeing constellations from random forms of nebulas (note: direct translation of ‘nebula’ in Korean and Chinese is ‘star cloud’) all direct to states of mass hallucination. Clouds are also frequently referenced in Suejin Chung’s visual theory: “Budozi.” Chung states that consciousness evolves in geometric pattern multi-dimensionally, and this pattern can be visually represented on the ‘“pyramid dialectic” and “dual pentagon” structures. Korean art historian Woobang Kang’s discovery of ‘영기문 靈氣紋 (Yeong-gi mun)’ (note: direct translation is ‘aural pattern’; it refers to the spiral pattern found as basic aesthetic unit in most ancient art, especially Korean art. The pattern’s color and shape variations create different meanings) has inspired Chung’s structures, and the traditional cloud pattern (운문 雲文) is also derived from ‘Yeong-gi mun.’