관리자 2019-09-22 22:48
Summon the Memories, 2019, Mixed media, Dimensions variable
Summon the Memories
❑ artist bio
Roe Dongsik was born in 1973 in Seoul, lives and works in Gyeonggi-do. He has both MA and BA in Environmental Sculpture from Gyungwon University in 2008 and 2001. He has created installations that deal with reconstruction of imaginary worlds derived from direct and indirect experiences through so many solo shows, group shows and collaborative works including; Blow, Spring Breeze(2013), With Dream Fly!(2015), Embroider a Spring(2017), Landscape Sightseeing(2018), Spring, Spring, Spring(2019), MCM SS19 LUFT Collection X Roe Dongsik(2019), etc.
Roe Dongsik has been developed in two folds. One is about adventurous, forward looking imageries that reflects memories and ideals. The other is about fairy tale like imageries based on diverse imaginations. In his earlier work, he mainly worked with ‘cotton’ to evokes nostalgia for olden days and to touch upon the sensibility lain dormant in us. Watching and being raised by parents who ran a store that fluffs old, cotton stuffed beddings, ‘cotton’ has become the medium that allowed him to sense family love, especially the warmth of his father. Exemplar of the former style of his work include; Puff!(2001) that depicted a scene in which grains are freshly roasted and then puffed blowing off like snow flakes with the shouting sound of ‘puff!’ at a corner of town alley or on a side of traditional market place; and Cough, Cough(2006) that visualized coal briquette heater in the 70s and 80s on which people used to heat the metal lunch boxes or boil water in a kettle to warm air of classroms. He also exhibited works more recently that synthesizes imaginations based on fairy tales; Crisis of Astroboy(2010) in which he used Astroboy as motif, a famous Japanese animation character; and Tell Me Your Wishes(2017) that used motif of genie of lamp from Walt Disney Pictures.
For 2019 Sea Art Festival, Roe introduces Summon the Memories(2019), a recomposition of his Dandelion series including Being a Dandelion Puff(2008) and Dandelion-On a Wind(2011) that portray memories of us who were happy looking and gently blowing dandelion puff ball that grow everywhere countryside in the country. Sculpting each every dandelion puff seed so delicately that look as if it would be blown away in any second on a seed head with LED light fixture, it will create ambience as if each illuminating seed would float in the air Dadaepo Beach. Through this work, the artist send a message of warm gaze toward dull lives of ours and of pursuit to positive thinking toward the reality wishing his work would offer an opportunity for his audience to indulge in reminiscence once has forgotten.