uJung Gallery, Seoul
Hyun Jin Kwon
Art is a way to think extremely differently and to recognize the appearance as a fundamentally insufficient object. My work is a tool for me to reach out to what is not opened and what is not easy to approach. I imagine intangibility. I dream about unpredictability. I paint invisibility. I try to turn diverse shapes, colors and forms of internal illusions, which are created when I close my eyes and take a quick glance at a light, into physical visual imageries.
My working process includes mixing various color inks, applying sculpting material, soft urethane, and drying approximately for 16 hours in the end. Numerous times of the same procedure is required to be repeated. Rich depth and flowing vibration of meaningfully combined color layers (with various concentration of inks) present visual harmony organically. Also the high-gloss and almost glass-like finishing brings the fantasy illusion more closely to my reality.
My work is a method to let something buried deep inside those we are not able to get close to lift off rather than an effort to approach some truth. As Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari said: “Artwork is a collection of sensation and a complex between emotion and the subjects of recognition,” my work draws sensation. My work makes an attempt to stimulate the imagination and unconsciousness of the audience through movement making a new arrangement such as a flow of materials, lights and colors.
My work “Visual Poetry” series is a mirror projecting our hopes that breath, dreams that are alive, and secrets that whisper. I constantly try the audience to feel as if they are daydreaming or appreciating a piece of beautiful poem through the flexible movement of colors. The works explain the audience that ones shall not just see what they are forced to see, but need to be loyal to what is truly “seen” to their own eyes. These works focus on presenting a unique world of visual fantasy, not by seeing things in an ordinary and one-dimensional way, but by seeing them with closed eyes.