Lee Jung-hwan's dream
A summary of my artwork and the exhibition
I made a suspended sculpture with illustrations on the surface, using contents of a Korean philosopher's book, called Taekriji* for the Museum of Silhak's special exhibition.
It is written by Lee Jung-hwan(1690-1756), a scholar of the Silhak**. This book contains histories of all regions of Korea, and a diverse range of stories of the people living there as well as on the areas that can be inhabited. Taekriji was a 'best seller' read widely with more than 200 copies of slightly different versions still remaining.
Silhak was a Korean Confucian social reform movement in late Joseon Dynasty. Sil means "actual" or "practical," and hak means "studies" or "learning." It developed in response to the increasingly metaphysical nature of Neo-Confucianism that seemed disconnected from the rapid agricultural, industrial, and political changes occurring in Korea between the late 17th and early 19th centuries.
Various version of Taekriji is displayed as main artifact in the center of the exhibition.
It needs to gain visitors' interests toward Taekriji, and to present more information of the book that is not written on its description panel. Therefore, I designed a scene where the content of the book is spreading out from the display underneath the sculpture.
I also did illustrations using Taekriji's contents. It includes a few of principal words(the most biggest words on the sculpture's surface) related to the four cardinal points, episodes that are introduced in the book, and the title, Taekriji.
I put three small LED lights inside of the sculpture and let it shine in the dark exhibition hall.
The process of making the sculpture
3D modeling, the draft, a scale model
Making the pieces of the sculpture
I cut out the illustration with a laser cut machine and attached white thin and translucent paper on the backside of each piece.
And I assembled all pieces with cable ties and plastic tapes.
Lee Jung-hwan's dream
Client&Site The Museum of Silhak
Material Black paperboard, Xuan paper(Korean paper), LED lights
Size 2.5M X 2.5M X 0.7M(H)
Creator Chusu Kim
Advice on design
Joon Soo Ha, Do won Yoo, Yong Min Choi, Min Woo Lee,Yong Min Choi, Min Woo Lee, Taeho Lee
Assistance with assembling the sculpture Kyoung Yoon Kim
Assistance with installation Nak Gi Kim and his colleagues from GI Plan