SongEun ArtSpace is dedicated in supporting and promoting young contemporary Korean artists and as part of our annual program, one talented mid-career Korean artist is selected and invited for a solo exhibition. For 2017, we are very proud to present our sixth featured Korean artist, Ligyung who has been exploring an immaterial material, “Light”, which has also become the medium and content for her installations.
The title of this exhibition, “more Light: Diagram of the sperm whale”, refers to Ligyung’s continuous interests in physical properties of light according to space. The subtitle ‘Diagram of the sperm whale’ was conceived from the space layout of SongEun ArtSpace which to the artist is similar to the head shape of sperm whales. Ligyung creates a dark and meditative atmosphere to reflect the struggle of the human and the sperm whale in Herman Melville’s novel 「Moby-Dick」 and reveals her view of the world metaphorically through this installation.
‘Diagram of the sperm whale’ will be a new starting point for the artist to begin exploring the physical world from the metaphysical world which she has been already expressing through various large scale installations. Viewers can infer her new direction of work through this exhibition and her previous work images are provided in an archive room as a reference.
Ligyung’s works stem from her interest of ‘light’ as a material which is not visible such as a light wave nor a light source but has concrete fluidity. She focuses on the specificity and extensibility of this immaterial material and has challenging herself through its various transformations. In previous works, a viewer was a certain ‘subject’ as he(she) viewed the works and “absorbs” the light. However, in this show, a viewer switches over to being an “object” who stares light in a perfectly calculated and directed space.