Hakgojae Gallery proudly presents a group exhibition, “Motif,” from November 28th (Wed) to December 30th (Sun), 2018. This exhibition is the consecutive group exhibition of young artists, following “Intuition” (2010), and “Intuition 2017” (2017). The past exhibitions focused on ‘intuition,’ which is the first element for the creation of art. This exhibition examines the logic and narrative of the contemporary young artists through ‘motif.’ A motif is the beginning of a narrative, as well as the source of creation. Hakgojae Gallery aspires to re-observe the scenery of the times we are facing, through the works of the young generation, whose objective perspectives and methods of expression have begun to sprout just recently.
The eyes of the young generation sensitively capture the present, and continuously suggest a new perspective towards the world through fluid thoughts and vivid expressions. The young generation of artists has been carrying contemporary art forward based on their experimental and progressive attitudes. This exhibition examines the oeuvres of five artists, to thoroughly examine both the generality and individuality of the artists and attempt to analyze the current view of the young art world. There are various ways to view an artwork; the audience may focus on their intuitive emotional experiences, or comprehend the artist’s intention through background knowledge. In this exhibition, the idea of ‘motif’ is used to understand the artworks more effectively. A motif is the beginning of a narrative, and all narratives are formed through the accumulation of motifs. Motifs also indicate an event, object, or meaningful elements that appear repeatedly, that are the basis for creation or expression. The motifs that hold allegories or symbolism within are the indicators that enable a wider understanding of the artwork’s meaning. A motif may appear in one artwork, or emerge from an artist, a period, or a style of art. Thus, the social and cultural characteristics, ambiance, and aesthetics of a period may be conjectured through the motifs that appear in various oeuvres.
Hakgojae Gallery focused on the artists in their 30’s, who have been meticulously observing the contemporary times and projecting their observations into their works. RohwaJeong contemplates about the social and cultural experiences and various types of relationships through democratic thinking. Eunsae Lee, accustomed to online discourses that go ‘viral’ rapidly, pays attention to the media transmitting its perversion towards a subject’s actualities. Heejoon Lee captures the aesthetics of the transforming cityscapes of Seoul, especially concentrating on the gentrified areas. Jeongsu Woo chose to use books, an analog medium. Based on the knowledge accumulated from books, Woo expands the spectrum of his thoughts and develop his perception towards the reality of today. Hejum Bä explores the quintessential question about painting’s contradiction through a contemporary perspective. This is her attempt to seek a unique and new answer by returning to the rudiments of art, in the present world inundated with experimental art.