ONE AND J. Gallery is pleased to participate in Taipei Dangdai 2020. For its presentation at Taipei Dangdai 2020, ONE AND J. Gallery will feature 3 Korean artists who are Suyoung Kim, Dongwook Suh and Seahyun Lee in Booth C22.
Suyoung Kim (金秀映) was born in 1971 in Korea. She received her BFA from Seoul National University(Seoul, Korea) in 1994 and her MFA from Kunstakademie Düsseldorf(Düsseldorf, Germany) in Germany in 2002.
Kim creates paintings of buildings with their repetitive reflections and colors creating abstracted works. While Kim emphasizes the geometric elements of buildings, the works are unique in their lack of proper perspective, the flatness and the focus on material properties of paint. The results are experiments on the relationship of time and objects as well as the boundaries between the abstract and figurative. The interaction with the viewer reveal the relationship between the space and the gaze and the psychological depictions within. In her recent works, traces of psychological or emotional depictions of relationship are also embodied in her previous forms.
Dongwook Suh (徐东郁) was born in 1974 in Korea. He received his BFA from Hongik University(Seoul, Korea) in 2001 and his MFA from École Nationale Supérieure d'Arts Paris - Cergy(Paris, France) in 2005.
His works in painting and video have a symbiotic relationship and are explorations of temporal shifts and memory. The portrayal of subjects waiting for salvation in the past intersects with moments in the present though in ways that do not totally correspond. Because of this continuing and incomplete interaction, new stories develop as reflected in both his film work and the continuation of unfinished narratives in the accompanying paintings.
Seahyun Lee (李世賢) was born in 1967 in Korea. He received his BFA from Hongik University(Seoul, Korea) in 1989 and his MFA from Chelsea College of Art and Design(London, UK) in 2006.
Lee’s magnificent red paintings remind us of traditional Korean landscapes and give the viewer a vivid and lasting impression. His paintings are either views of the mountainous terrain of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), between South and North Korea or, Utopian scenes representing the landscapes between Mt. Baekdu and Mt. Halla offering political impression as well as a personal meaning for the artist. While on military service in Korea, he has seen the DMZ between South and North Korea and its scene was looked in red to him at that time. Although forests and trees appeared beautiful, it was unrealistic scenery filled with horror and fear. His representing work 〈Between Red〉 encapsulating theses landscapes appears unrealistic, queer, and ideal as well as provoking tension and nostalgia.
The red hue that Lee mainly uses exclusively in his works is both simple and striking, and this color is not easily dismissed from our memory. The color red has different connotations of the region, country and individuals. To some countries, it symbolizes good luck, while for others it could be considered an ominous fortune. Likewise, it would be a symbol of passion and power. To Lee, red signifies a Utopia, which lies between the dream world and reality. Moreover, the color red reminds him of danger, tension, and even the mystery he felt long ago watching the battle frontline through night-vision binoculars while serving in the Korean military.