Many different kinds of boundaries exist in our life. The definition ‘a limit that is divided by a certain standard’ is expanded and overlapped sometimes by physical restriction and sometimes by personal subjectivity, incessantly being re-interpreted. For the artists participating in <The Expansion of Boundaries> organized by ART ASIA 2018, their boundaries will often be borders in visible sense, and cultural areas in non-visible sense. Grown-up or working in different cultures, these artists each express their personal experiences as a stranger with the tip of their brush or through their camera lens. With the various boundaries as language, culture, nationality, race and others, some may have felt despair, and some may have felt wonderness. The feelings they have felt in the area of interface of those boundaries have cultivated their mind and expanded in the realm of art. Through this exhibition, we hope to tell and show the stories of how each artist overcome, accept and recognize the inevitable encounter with the boundaries in their life. Through the stories of their personal experience, we will be able to witness a further extended meaning of boundaries, and hope to create endless discourse towards them.
Introduction of Artists
Jin MEYERSON portrays his reflection of his childhood identity of being adopted and living in different culture, the separation and confusion. Captivated by ‘movement’ and ‘speed’ when in college, he paints his inner psychology by splitting and filling the canvas with countless curves and twisted distorted landscape which coexist simultaneously. His works seem confusing but at the same time they are fine, delicate and express the overwhelming energy of painting.
BAE Chanhyo places himself in the center of western history by disguising into a female historical western woman in western painting. He reveals the process of breaking the boundary which he had to have as an Asian man living in western culture when he first came to study in England; where he felt excluded, with the feelings of cultural and emotional estrangement. Questioning the feeling of unfairness lead him to ‘Existing in Costume’ series where he dresses up in European traditional costumes, trying to break the interpretation of western countries and cultures being the center of the world.
Altering familiar subjects from ordinary life and creating unexpected scenery, comparison, irony, reproduction of naturalism through exaggeration, fables or fairytales, metaphor of social politics coexist in Oscar OIWA’s work. He presents the boundaries of countries and cultures which he felt while growing up on his canvas with reverent and warm heart. In his works, instead of opposing foreign culture, the multi-culture of globalism which he tries to embraces stands out.
Working in New York and Netherlands, KOH Sangwoo expresses his contemplation of the identity through performance and negative film works. Affronted with identity matters among Caucasians when he moved to central U.S at an early age, he exhibits wearing the memory words from the past on his face. The works are a sort of reverse tracing of his memory, and allows him to substitute how much he have developed, transformed, and how the world has been changed since the feelings he felt back then.
KWON Daehun visually expresses the ‘momentariness’ when confronted with the sociocultural difference and change. He tries to express the each and every moment of confusion he had to face within foreign culture, along with the contemplation and time through the colored shadow on the sculpture. The shadow in his artwork represents the awaited moment, especially the moment of enlightenment engraved in his memory.