TITLE : FACE-OFF
DATE : 8th September 2006 (Thu) - 18th October (Wed)
ARTISTS : Johnny H.-C. Pack, Mari Terauchi, Yoshihiro Yamase,
Hyundoo Park, Jung min Lee, Kyung-Hee Jung
OPENING : 8th September 2006 (Thu) 6:00 PM
A game of ice hockey is about to start. Players of both teams, fully armed, are intensely looking at the referee with a puck in his hand. At the moment the puck left his hand, drawing a curved line in the air, to fall on the icy ground, the tout balance between both teams is broken off, and face-off!! The game begins. In the movie Face off two antagonists, whose faces are changed each other, are pointing to each other between two mirrors. The sharp line made of mirrors that divide the screen and two men facing each other with the tension make the audiences also be tensed. Colloquially the word face-off means confrontation. What kind of strain could we expect in a space for exhibition as a stage of confrontation? Could the expected strain be produced? This show starts with drawing out the confrontation between genres and the one between two artists in a same genre, to promote an invisible strength contest and strain in the exhibition space.
Confrontation visible and invisible
Two photographs are hung side by side on a wall. There are clouds on the blue sky in the frames of both pictures to create some peaceful scenes. It is when you notice a figure in a red traditional dress in both scenes each that two seeming landscapes turn out to be manipulated self-portraits.
In a naturalness created by idly flowing Seine, an excursion ship on it with tourists, antique buildings and scenery around, a tiny figure of a man in a Korean traditional royal robe waving to the ship fixes the gazes of the audiences. Meanwhile a man wandering a vast field through in an unfit traditional woman's dress not only attracts our eyes but even provoke laughs. Hyundoo Park in a royal robe and Johnny H.-C. Pack in an unfit Ornamental Jacket stand face to face. The way they create a self-portrait in a landscape with photograph as a medium, especially a figure in a traditional dress in a foreign landscape allows us tie them promptly together under the issue of the identity. But the reason we make them confront each other lies on the difference in the attitude with which they approach the issue respectively. Johnny H.-C. Pack, a Korean German having experienced the dissociation between the longing for the country of his mother and the reality he has underwent, expresses it as the unfit traditional dress. On the other hand Hyundoo Park deals less with the national identity than with the experience of being an alien abroad. The effort the artist appears to make in the picture also provokes a certain kind of laugh: an alien in a foreign country strives to get took in the society while waving to the other aliens touring along the Seine.
Genre vs Genre beyond Artist vs Artist, and the Face-off with the Exhibition
The confrontation between artists moves to the one between genres. The videos and installations by Mari Terauchi and by Jung Min Lee on each floors convey the trivial in everyday life, and the imaginations and understandings of everyday space proper to them. An audience, who has grinned at wavings and gestures of the artists in photos, may find the situation Mari Terauchi staged funny, in which a rebellious boy murmurs or an old dog grumbles, and would applause to the emergence of the things Jung Min Lee made to pour down from the ceiling. The black lines projected on a white wall falling down in order of recognition creates a newly ordered space while one of Mari Terauchi's small sculptures, installed on a wall jumping out of the video image, comes and goes in and out of two- and three-dimensions to give us a clue to appreciate the work.
On a white wall with two columns, Yoshihiro Yamase and Kyung Hee Jung stand face to face. Lyrical and mysterious images in black and white by Kyung Hee Jung and Illusions made of geometrical forms and vivid colours by Yoshihiro Yamase are lined up on a wall. And these images spread out beyond the frames of the canvas to the wall and columns. Two artists start to contest the mural to be completed on the wall. They will proceed with their own works each, but the tension, check and competition would also be produced inevitably. On a certain point, however, they meet each other halfway, and different paths they took would do also. When their works, began as confrontation, find an equilibrium, the spectators would face to the double attack, which is directed now toward the Face-off itself.
For this stage of confrontation six artists are gathered in a white exhibition space. It was an inevitable procedure to separate them into parties for confrontation. Under the title Face-off, these six, half domestic and half foreign, artists continuously gathered and divided on different terms on each level: Korean vs foreigners; photograph, Sculpture-installation & video vs canvas painting & mural; again domestic vs foreign in a same genre.
What would the confrontation in a space for exhibition look like? And who would be the parties concerned? It may be the confrontation between works of arts, artists or works and spectators. An exciting scenes created by six artists are about to be unfold. Face-off!!
Heejung Song (curator, gallery zandari)
ARTIST & WORKS
Mari Terauchi (Japan, sculpture-installation, video)
Master Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, U.K. BA, Chelsea College of Art and Design, U.K
P&P_Picture VS Picture (gallery zandari, Seoul, 2006), SECRET 2005(Royal College of Art, London, U.K, 2005), them indoors(Deptford X, London, U.K, 2005), Triangle (Triangle Space, U.K, 2005), OPEN DESK AFTER SCHOOL (Ragged School Museum, London, U.K, 2005), Japan(Stroud House Gallery, U.K) - selected group exhibition
Jung Min Lee (Korea, video installation)
Present Graduate School of Sculpture, Hongik University, Seoul, B.F.A.,Dept of Sculpture, Hongik University, Seoul
SHINSEGAE ART FAIR: PURPLE CAKE(SHINSEGAE Department Store, Seoul, 2006), Appetizer (alternative space miccle, Seoul, 2006), The cut (Sup Gallery, Seoul, 2006), Pick & Pick-Series Hong Sungdo Picks...
Our Town(SSamzie Space, Seoul, 2006), Project I(Art Center Nabi, Seoul, 2005) -selected group exhibitions
Yoshihiro Yamase (Japan, Painting/ wall painting)
MA, Central Saint Martins College of art and design, University of the Arts London, UK, BA, at Camberwell College of arts (graphic design/painting), The London Institute, UK
Chimera(Gallery SPACE, Clerkenwell, London, 2006), Summer exhibition(Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London, 2005), location/ locality(Diorama Gallery, London, 2005), New Direction (Lethaby Gallery, Holborn, London, 2004), Reoccupy (Candid Art Trust, Angel, London, 2004) -selected group exhibition
Kyung Hee Jung (Korea, Painting/ wall painting)
M.F.A., in Painting, Hongik University, Seoul , B.F.A., in Painting, Hongik University, Seoul
Fly the Memory (Noam Gallery, Seoul,2005), Free Association(Song Eun Gallery, Seoul,2003) -solo exhibitions
The Inner Thinking(Gyeonggi Culture Foundation Arts Center, Gyeonggido, 2006), Drawing after Drawing Duo exhibition(Noam Gallery, Seoul, 2006), ???- Stretch(Keumsan Gallery, Heyri Art Valley, Paju, 2006), Sweet Whisper(Art Space JungWon, Seoul, 2006) - selected group exhibitions
Johnny H.-C. Pack (Germany, Photograph)
MA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK, BFA Photography, Parsons School of Design, NY, U.S.A
Contemporary Tales - Made in the UK (Martin - Martini Arte Internazionale, Parco Cultura, Le Serre, Turin, Italy, 2005), Funny Sculpture Funny Painting (Gallery Sejul, Seoul, 2004), MA Fine Art Show(Goldsmiths College, London, UK, 2004), Inaugural Show(Albrecht, Wei & Pan Gallery, Beijing, China, 2004), Artists of the Gallery L.A. Gallery Frankfurt, Germany, 2003) -selected group exhibitions
Hyundoo Park (Korea, Photograph)
M.F.A., School of Visual Arts(Photography, Video and Related Media), NY, U.S.A, BFA Photography, Chung-Ang University, Seoul
Goodbye Stranger (Gallery Lux, Seoul, 2004) - solo exhibition
Korea Photography Fair 2(gallery ssamzie, Seoul, 2006), Korea Photography Fair 1 (artndream, Seoul, 2006), Who's who(Hyundai Department Store, Seoul, 2006), Pictopia artist (Emeryville, CA, U.S.A., 2006), 5X7(Gallery Breson, Seoul, 2005) - selected group exhibitions
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