Sora Kim & Gimhongsok
Artsonje Center, 2004. 8. 24 - 10. 10
Organized by Artsonje Center
Sponsored by The Korean Culture & Arts Foundation, Paradise
Culture Foundation, platform inc., MAC, FUJIFILM, Lee Hee Young
Wedding Dress, piazzetta
Gimhongsok and Sora Kim have been noted both domestically and internationally
as independent artists. As of recent their collaborative artwork,
which started in 2000, has gained much respect of the art community
as well. ANTARCTICA, at the Artsonje Center, will be a unique
opportunity to view two solo exhibitions of the two artists under
the same title. It is most interesting to observe and understand
how each artist responds to each other's work, while simultaneously
applying their individuality to attract and invite the audience
into the same space, 'ANTARCTICA'.
The 1st South Pole Centennial, hand-written by Gimhongsok,
continues through the automatic entrance door and ascends to the
second floor. Here the audience is greeted by complex spaces, comprised
of two large sections titled, Volcan'O and Bibliotheque,
by Sora Kim. Like the explorers in Antarctica who continuously experience
change and new discoveries, Sora Kim proceeds to encourage the audience's
dynamic involvement and through that involvement, create a whole
new experience throughout the exhibition. Located on the second
floor gallery, Volcan'O, constructed of circular plywood,
continuously erupts popcorn from a popcorn machine, which emulates
Bibliotheque, comprised of abandoned books stacked in mammoth
columns, invites viewers to take out any book for reading. In addition,
Sora Kim selected items of various colors from the abandoned books
and used the colors to embellish the second and third floor walls.
Orbit Lounge, on the third floor, is an extension from the
second floor gallery. Here, Sora Kim has recycled a collection from
her colleagues' abandoned ideas to fabricate her work. This piece
is appreciated both aesthetically and functionally, as Gimhongsok
uses her artwork as seating objects for his opening performance.
Gimhongsok's body of work displayed at this exhibition includes
objects, media work, and wall text pieces. I Documented It -
Jeju Island is a video piece that documents tourists posing
for the camera in front of waterfalls and cliffs in Jeju Island.
Through the documentation, Gimhongsok examines peoples' behaviors
and attitudes, which are acquired both socially and culturally.
In another video piece, titled G5, Gim shows 5 individuals
from various fields of work singing Korean-translated versions of
the American, English, French, Japanese, and Russian national anthems.
In doing so, Gim provides a think-tool for the audience to reflect
upon the identity of ones' nation, culture, and an individual.
Exhibited on the second and third floor galleries, are wall-text
pieces by Gim. Excerpts from the Cohen brothers' movie, O Brother,
Where Are Thou?, are subtitled in Korean. This piece is a character
screen, which utilizes text to substitute images shown in the movie.
The viewers can imagine a scene illustrated only by subtitles. Poems
A Petal I by Soo-Young Kim and America, Plate 10 by
William Blake were also been transferred to the gallery walls, translated
from Korean to English, English to Korean over and over again. The
process of multiple translations creates entirely different poems
from the original. The artist visualized the distortion that occurs
through the translation process, questioning the limitations in
translating languages and cultures.
In the opening event, Gimhongsok will participate in a performance
where various objects such as the parody work of Robert Indiana's
LOVE and the G.N.P. / cOrrespOndence, a fortuitously
created word by a boulder hitting a wall, and the Well, a
text piece that has been written on the gallery floor are used as
Through this exhibition, Gimhongsok and Sora Kim attempt to break
away from the linear and logical thought process in attempt to create
a dynamic communication between the artist and audience. Also, instead
of exhibiting complete images and objects, the artists present the
concept of various objects working in conjunction with each other
to create new images and meanings.