Arcade, 227x181cm, oil on canvas, 2010
Hye Ja - Emotional City
'A Thousand Character Story' about 'Emotional City Exhibition'
The artificial cities created by the human desire have evolved with the development of the human civilization. Owing to the revolutionary development of science and technology, cities have come to possess the self-purifying capacity of growing and changing beyond the human control. The geometric skyscrapers rising high to the limit for the human ascension. The luxury goods satisfying the endless human desires. The gorgeous lighting transcending the darkness… The cities evolving spontaneously for themselves have become new organisms sympathizing with the human beings; they are no longer possessed by human beings.
Cities - Organisms alive
What is a genuinely essential look of the city? The city connotes a variety of human desires invisible in addition to the material connotations forming itself. In a city, are mixed a variety of human desires: the desire of attaching a meaning of life to the city, the desire for a terrible wealth through the urban development projects, the desire of attaching a new meaning of life to the new place… Such human desires act as ambiguous energy to give life to the city, and the energy of life serves to form the city into a living and evolving organism.
To Hyeja, the city seems to be a life approaching her as an energy invisible to her rather than a possession created by human beings. To her, the city does not stagnate but change toward some goal continuously; she seems to feel that the city resembles the essence of human beings exploring something incessantly. To her, the city is an organism having another energy resembling the human beings.
The artist who had explored the energy immanent in every object focused on the amorphous energy of the city on the border between the physical spaces - her studio and external environment - at her solo exhibition "Uncertain Scape" in 2008. However, at her another solo exhibition "Emotional City" in 2010, the artist seems to explore the nature of the city identity by entering into the external environment outside her studio and thereby, sensing the energy of life inherent in the city personally.
The City mixed with Virtuality and Reality
Artist Hyeja does not simply contain on her canvas the urban landscape visible. She depicts the inside look of the city full of the invisible energy. Her urban landscape seems to have virtuality and reality mixed as well as the chaos and order mixed. The gorgeous colors dazzling our eyes, and the movements of the lines formed ambiguously in an order amid a disorder… The buildings decorated with the luxurious colors, the diverse lights changing the dark streets into another new world. The crowd walking inside such gorgeous city.. All these are connected with each other into an organism in her works. The urban landscape the artist wants to express may be not real but virtual. However, the virtual look seems to be near the essence of the city. She transcends the limit of representation of the visible landscape to suggest an essential urban landscape not visible but invisible.