It’s been a while since Union Gallery featured a Korean show. Nice to see them back, with two artists who specialise in site-specific work.
02/06/2012 – 14/07/2012
‘WHITE RAIN’ presents a collaborative work by MINAE KIM and SOONHAK KWON. Exhibiting together in the same room, the artists individually approach diverse spatial questions within their environment.
“I question myself and the surroundings through my work. The structures might seem abstract, but are rather realistic, because they reflect actual space by being positioned in disregarded architectural gaps. The structure, that pretends to support the architecture or maintain an in-between space is, in fact, non-functional. Attached handles or wheels emphasize absurdness of the structure due to their ironically inevitable usefulness.”
“History Of” is a series of photographs, that illustrate high-resolution images of the gallery walls that used to hide behind artworks. This is, I visit an art exhibition after it has been taken down (eg. at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London) and record with permission of the venue with my camera the walls after all art works have been previously removed. The resulting photographs make the space seem double layered as if two different spaces are coexisting once hung against the wall. The audience is surrounded by images of walls, which again surround it by real walls that create the real space. This spatial relation with the audiences is reminiscent of Robert Morris’ concise statement on the relationship between art and its situation within. – Robert Morris, ‘The Present Tense of Space’ (1978)
Union Gallery is at 94 Teesdale Street, London E2 6PU
by tube: Bethnal Green
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