Paik, Yoonsoo · Ph. D. Philosophy, Majored in Aesthetics
Everyone lives with his/her own constraints. The constraints that
we try to solve despite of its difficulty would be stress coming
from our relationships with other people. Since we cannot express
it verbally, it approaches us more severly than it actually is. In
the artist Kim, Hyun-Jung the biggest problems happen from
the relations with other people. Accordingly, Kim chooses it as
the major subject in her works. From <You move me>, we can
see that other people’s thoughts á eyes á attitudes are the strong
power that influences this artist. Hiding her own personality
first, the artist wants outsiders to have a good feeling toward her,
accept her, and further look at her enviously. We can see it in the
Faux-Naif series. Through the tablet á cartoon á remote control
á cellular phone, the artist secures various information and has a
topic of a common interest with others. Through it, Kim makes
them understand that she is not different from others. And by the
medium of it, she tries to show her inner image via conversation
This process is premised on consideration and acceptance for
others, and Kim clearly reveals her volition that she accepts it
but her own fundamental principle will never be made way.
This principle is confirmed from the baesi daenggi (Korean
traditional ribbon) on the head in <Emptiness(Heritage of the
Mind)>: unlike other depiction, perspective is not applied
and it is stood out as if to make it stand in front. It reveals
her self-consciousness that her inner image is not always
harmonious with her external appearance, and such a situation
of disharmony between the two can be guessed from the title
Faux-Naif(Feign). Kim is concerned with the fact that despite
these efforts, her true communication with others might not
be done, which is suggested by setting up a situation that the
playstation wire is unconnected in <Familiar but Unfamiliar>.
The things to which we can refer for guessing her inner image,
are small ordinary things introduced in works such as <Hidden
Story>, <One O’clock (1:00 AM)>, <Shaking>, <Emptiness
(Heritage of the Mind)>, etc. By depicting the subjects that
ordinary people like and use all the time such as the toys played
when she was young (hobbyhorse, rag doll, thimble doll, toy bat,
etc.), ordinary goods (sunglasses, hairdryer, shoes etc.), animals
(elephant, hippo, zebra, and crocodile), Kim is emphasizing that
her hidden thoughts and desires are not different from those of
most other people. But in <Emptiness (Heritage of the Mind)>,
it suggests that all of these are the “Emptiness” in Buddhism and
worldly values cannot be given, showing various shoes.
It also suggests that the shoes as its subject have a short life.
We can confirm through <Immersion> that the things she has
revealed are the result after careful consideration for much of the
time, not just thinking. Especially in <Immersion>,
by interestingly capturing the big toe that unconsciously moves
by the autonomic nerve the moment she immerses herself into
something, Kim shows that this whole thing has reached from
conscious stage to unconscious one. In order to express its inner
image not done by her intention, she is setting up the underwear
in Hanbok dress (Korean traditional clothes) like <Familiar but
Unfamiliar> or <You move me>.
And as seen from <Moderation> and <Oops>, it becomes more
and more exposed for the bare skin in the dress. Through it,
she metaphorically expresses her inner image unseen in everyday
life. For this reason, we come to feel her truth and also we are
touched. But the reason why Kim doesn’t reveal the rest of the
skin seems to reflect the meaning of Siron (classical Chinese
essay on poetry) that emphasizes poetic suggestiveness: 言有
盡而意無窮(eonyujiniuimugung) whose meaning is that word
has finished but is full of suggestion. That is, we can see the
deep meaning of this artist that stimulates our imagination.
As we often experience, that’s the way the cookie crumbles in this
world. Due to unexpected errors, something we never expected
happens or it causes misunderstanding. Because of this,
we are opening up opportunities in creating stress. Nonetheless,
we feel human attraction and a sense of kinship, and share a
feeling of solidarity between people who learn by trial and error.
In addition, from a different point of view, such errors might
be positively necessary in our daily lives. And we need both
breadth of mind and wit that errors make us turn the misfortune
to our advantage. This process is seen in <Oops>, and we
would be embarrassed if our shoe suddenly came off while
we were walking with our hands full of shopping bags.
More interestingly, in case the switch of a portable gas range is
off but it is faintly lit, it may be common mistakes while being
absorbed in drawing a picture. Through her extemporaneous
ability that it has changed as the title Oops, we come to feel Kim’s
peace of mind that she accepts a moment’s error and resolves it
However, the efforts that we pay careful attention to setting
up relationships with others and maintain smoothly, make
us tired and tiresome all the time. Accordingly, rather than
always pursuing it, we need to have free time for relaxing
our body and soul, with empty of ideas. In <Vacancy>,
the artist fully shows such state that our mind goes blank
and further, we don’t even want to think about anything,
yet we are non-drowsy and indulge in a distraction.
Kim mostly adopts the development of themes without
background, and this method is traditional one that is typically
introduced in <Pungsokhwacheop (Custom Sketchbook)> by
Hong-Do Kim, which effectively presents both beauty of blank
and subject. And there are various poses in the subject’s face
looking towards the right side or the left side, downwards or
upwards, which shows her confidence in using a paintbrush.
Also, both the flowing lines and the skillful use of Indian ink and
thin coloring show that she aims for the stage of Yupilyumuk (the
use of a paintbrush and expression of Indian ink) by HyeongHo.
Depicting such subjects largely depends on her power
of observation that captures the familiar process we always
experience in our daily life, which plays a very proper role in
conveying truth to the viewers.
Especially by interestingly revealing subjects without
exaggeration, she shows the strong suggestion that there is
something in the picture, beyond merely and beautifully depicting.
Looking at the paintings in thisexhibition, we can clearly
notice that Kim enjoys drawing pictures. In the Analects
of Confucius, Confucius says“Knowing is not better than
liking, liking is not better than enjoying.” It is expected that
the artist will sublimate her stage into enjoying pictures.
Hyun - Jung / Artist
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