In her fourth exhibition at my gallery, Korean artist Jewyo Rhii, who lives in Seoul and New York, establishes a dialogue between two of her art projects that were created ten years apart from each other.
On the one hand the project "Wall To Talk To", which is the both title of the third Open House 'NIGHT STUDIO' series and the name of the self-made typewriters that Jewyo Rhii exhibited in her studio in Itaewon, a district of Seoul, in 2001 - and on the other her three-year drawing project "TWO", which was published as a book in 2005 and contains more than 100 "postures" invented by the artist "for two people who are weak and tired together in private". The project TWO addresses feelings of insufficiency and absurdity that arise from having a physical body as an single unit of isolation.
The typewriter series "Wall to Talk To" is a way to deal to an almost absurd extent with the process of expression in writing, pointing to the impossibility of communication between different persons.
In this show, Jewyo Rhii presents the original drawings of the TWO project along with her most recent works, a series of self-made typewriters. Each typewriter presents it's own story or a certain subject matter that only it can reproduce and type on the wall. The typewriters thus become storytelling machines.
The combination of these two projects, created ten years apart from each other at the same place, sheds a new light on Rhii's perception of physicality and the problems of bodily and linguistic communication.