COLOUR THEORY: THE VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE 색깔론: 보이는 것과 보이지 않는것
일시/ May 10 - 24, 2019
오프닝/ Friday, May 10, 19:00
장소/ artspace SAY, Seoul, Korea
작가/ soJin Chun and June Pak
This exhibition brings together the works by June Pak and soJin Chun that employ colour as a negotiating mechanism for ethnicity, identity, and marginalization. Colour is used to disguise, erase, and impose. Colour is a stand-in for themselves.
천소진과 준박의 작업에는 색깔이 중요한 역할을 한다. 그들의 작품에서 색깔은 존재성을 협상하고, 위장 시키고, 삭제 또는 이용 하기위해 사용된다. 색깔은 그들을 대신하는 역할을 한다.
While soJin blends in to the surroundings in Treasure Hill Camouflage, June is imposing herself onto the everyday lives of Canadians in Paint Job: social exchange between art and everyday. Instead of imposition, June quietly erases an existing yellow layer in The Invisible Transformation Project. In this work, the colour yellow represents her Asian self. And the act of erasing it raises a question of visibility and invisibility of the ethnic self. The act of erasure continues in June’s drawing work Tracing Memory. In this series of small drawings, the details such as colour, figures, and surroundings of what appears to be family photographs are erased, leaving nothing but black lines.
비디오 작품 Treasure Hill Camouflage 에서, 소진은 자신을 주위의 환경에 섞이게하는가 하면, 준은 Paint Job: social exchange between art and everyday 을 통해서 자신을 캐나다인들의 삶 속에 도입 시킨다. 그런가 하면, The InvisibleTransformation Project 에서 준은 조용히 흰 벽에 칠한 노란색위에 다시 흰색을 칠한다.이 작품에서 노란색은 동양인인 그를 표현한다. 보이던 것을 보이지 않게 지우는 행동은 이방인의 존재성을 대하는 사회적 문제점을 질의 한다고 볼 수 있다. 그리고삭제하는 행동은 그의 작품 Tracing Memory 에서도 발견된다. 가족사진 처럼 보이는 사진들의 모든 디테일, 색깔, 인물, 배경이 지워지고, 검은 라인의 드로잉으로 바뀐다.
색깔을 삭감하는 준과는 대조적으로, 소진은 색을 첨가한다. 그의 작품 Aturquesada/Tealquoise 에서 소진은 독특한 색 깔 tealquoise (teal 과 turquoise 사이에의 색깔이라고 소진이 만든 이름) 로 일상용품들을 칠하면서 그것의 실용성을 잃게한다. 실용성을 잃은 물건들은 아트작품으로 변하며, 그것들의 가치는 바뀐다. 이 작품은 일상용품과 아트작품의 가 치와 상업적 자본주의의 애매한 관계를 생각하게 한다.
Unlike the reduction of colour in June’s work, soJin’s use of colour is by addition. In Aturquesada/ Tealquoise, soJin paints everyday objects in a distinctive colour tealquoise (she coined the term to describe a shade of green that rests between teal and turqouise). The paint strips away the objects’ utilitarian values. And by doing so, she raises a critical question of the precarious relationship between art/object/commerce/capitalism. This ambiguous colour is used in exaggeration to suggest the artist’s own self-subjugation to the colour as an art practice while creating a humorous critique of art institutions and its mechanism for evaluating what is consider art.
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This is June and soJin’s first duo exhibition. It is symbolic that they are showing together for the first time in Seoul, their birthplace; their “home”. Even though the works in this exhibition are a result of their observations from living as the visible Other, they question their own visibility in a place where they were born. Through this exhibition, the artists continue their negotiation between the visible and the invisible while placing themselves in a context that is so close yet so far from their everyday realities of Canada.
이 전시는 준과 소진이 처음으로 같이하는 전시회다. 유색인, 이방인, 디아스포라로 살며 쌓아온 경험과 관찰로 만든 작 품들을 자신들의 출생지인 서울에서 같이 전시한다는 것은 그들에게 특별한 의미가 있다. 하지만, “home” 이라고 불리 는 이 곳에서 그들은 더 이상 이방인이 아니라고 생각하기는 힘들 듯 하다. 그러므로, 보이지 않는 것을 보이게 하는 것 과, 보이는 것을 보이지 않게 하는 협상은 계속 이어질 것이다.
soJin CHUN is a Toronto-based artist working in video and installation. Chun’s experience living in the Korean diaspora in Bolivia and Canada influences her work, which looks at the idiosyncratic moments of everyday life in its inconclusive and contradictory nature. Chun is interested in telling narratives that emerge in-between cultures in contemporary times. soJin has participated in several artist residencies. Through these participatory residencies, soJin has developed a collaborative art practice to investigate local narratives of political struggles from communities fighting to overcome the effects of colonization and globalization. She has been in artist residencies in Serbia, Bolivia, Brazil, Taiwan and Canada. Chun has participated in video screening and exhibitions in Bolivia, Brazil, France, Sweden, Germany, Spain, South Africa, Taiwan and the U.S. She has also screened her work in Berlin (Germany), Paris (France), Brussels (Belgium), Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Santiago (Chile). soJin’s video works are represented by GIV (Montreal), CFMDC (Toronto) and V-Tape (Toronto). Chun has a B.A. in Applied Arts from Ryerson University and a Masters in Communications and Culture from Ryerson/York Universities.
JUNE PAK was born in Seoul, South Korea, and now lives in Toronto, Canada. Through her work, she questions ethnic subject’s prescribed positioning in the current universalized and institutionalized construction. Her multi-disciplinary works have shown around nationally and internationally, and her single-channel videos had been presented at various international film festivals.
Her projects have been supported by Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts. Currently she is working on a research on ethnic (in)visibility in Korea supported by the Chalmers Arts Fellowship. She holds a BFA from York University, a MFA from University of Windsor, and a PhD (Practice-based in Visual Arts) from York University. She teaches as a part-time lecturer at University of Toronto (Visual Studies program) and at OCAD University (Cross-Disciplinary Art and Integrated Media Programs) in Toronto.