관리자 2020-09-05 15:13
Born 1977 in Daegu, South Korea
Lives in Seoul
KWON Yongju, Waterfall, 2020, Tarpaulin, covering, styrofoam, rubber bar, automatic bar, scaffolding, water pump, wood and others, 976×731.8×418cm
KWON Yongju observes individuals’ lives microscopically andsculpts them out to the material world, the reality. He uses everyday objects in the process, whichto him are byproducts or fragments that seem to be meaningless or worthless, residing both inside and outside of the visible world, the life. The artist collects and assembles these fragments—which might even look like junk—and creates a certain form with the collected items. Going through this process, the objects lose their original position, context and purpose, and reveala particular layer of this society. He calls these sculptures “sub-landscapes” which create another level of realism, generated by the traces of vulnerable individuals. For example, in Buoy Light (2010), a microscopic aesthetic permeated by everyday life and reality is achieved by creating an ascending structure composed of PVC fabric, wrapping material, abandoned furniture, paint bucket, etc., in a wobbly form. In another work, Waterfall-The Structure of Living (2011-2013), the artist creates a dynamic by letting water circulate over the structure so as to present such energy.
In recent works, KWON presents such objects in a more solid and united form by casting its random configuration as a whole. Aesthetic collision and reconciliation comes from the combination of different objects’ nature, color, shape, and initial purpose. The off-white surface of plaster coordinates with its surroundings exquisitely and makes it possible to present a form of a sculpture with more elaborate and acute presence. The structures created by combining and grouping the objects generate the dynamism and energy of individuals turning into a mass. This structure becomes a socio-cultural-political landscape, a visualization of a condition formedby each individual who supports the society and the group of the individuals who make up the society.