Observing and Recording
Through my previous solo exhibitions I have tried to capture the existential energy released as a complete stranger turn into an object of my interest. This is also a question of recognizing any object. Below entails my question.
Crowd, humans flowing as if a body of water, negates individual energy and dissolve existence. I cannot remember how many people I have passed by, way away from remembering who they are. I was surrounded by others, but my attention grew stronger into myself.
Through this experience, I came to believe that locality and culture are no longer distinguishable, and the face of the crowd a medium that contains the landscape of locality and culture of that age. Emotion, long-suppressed by the oppressive value system of logic, is well expressed in faces. I was first interested in the structural qualities of the human face, but later realized that this interest rose from a primitive force exerted from faces. I searched for a way to express my findings.
This is why I chose painting, a medium of tradition. Passers-by are undoubtedly seen with the eyes, but when that brief moment is over they can never be seen again. In order to capture brief existences born between image and spontaneity, I needed the direct and instinctive quality of painting with hands.
Painting is direct. My current way of working was planned to reach a deeper, honest level. My purely observational sight, and a single face in a crowd, when I focused on that face I was able to capture its existential moment.
I now wish to depart from my previous focus on recognition, expand my emotion and focus more on the individual itself amongst the crowd. Nuclearized individuals of the contemporary world, the nuclei, the particles of the society, they (we) now choose to be alone. We avoid humane relations, our lifecycles change to make living alone more comfortable and convenient. Communication without outlet builds up within the individual. Our previous disease were derived from an immune reaction, to protect ourselves from external threats such as virus, which has now shifted to symptoms within the self, namely depression. The age of excluding the others is over, but now the self exhausts itself, and violence is returned into the self. I keep searching for shapes of such symptoms appearing today.