London Art Fair 2016: Art Projects 2016
- Artists: Guem MinJeong
- Business Design Centre | London, N1 0QH
- 20 - 24 January 2016
Hanmi Gallery is pleased to show a solo presentation of the multi-media artist Geum MinJeong’s (b.1977) video-sculptures and video-installations for LAF Art Projects 2016. This will be the first London presentation of the Seoul based artist.
Since her first solo exhibition ‘House‘ in 2006, Guem has showcased a series of site-specific video and sculpture installation works – Breathing, Twisted and Melting Object series – on the theme of ‘breathing space.’ Guem’s video installations transform the shape of a white wall or embraces impossible external spaces such as forests and ocean into an interior space. ‘Exhibition space’ itself becomes the subject matter for the artist.
Collective memory and space are integral to the Geum’s concerns and research. Focusing on the historical context that spaces posses, the artist extracts specific interior and architectural features as a framework of her visual representation. Recreating the private and public spaces and constructing a new and ambiguous narrative. In works such as Breathing Door (2007) depict a large In works such as Breathing Door (2007) depict a large white closed door which inflate and deflate to the sound of slow breathing. Concevied during the artist’s residency in Tamsui, Taiwan in 2014, the rhythmic cyclic of the video-loop reflect on the pace of the 21st century modern life.
Geum explains that “By making the space that I experience move and breathe, I would rather express the self in it – that is, the essence and value of humans. I wanted to take a closer look at it as a symbol representing the essence of people by moving a physical space, not a narrative film as virtual reality.” The repetition of these digital moving images set within a physical object such as blocks of wood, depict an intersection between the analogue and digital realms.
Trained in sculpture, Guem MinJeong holds DFA from Yonsei University and MFA and BFA from Hongik University, Seoul. Guem has completed large public art project commissions by Lexus and Samsonite in Seoul and Busan. In 2014 Guem took part in the ‘Green River’ project Korea/Taiwan Exchange Artist Residency in Tamsui, Taiwan. Her works are held in private, and public collections including Kumho Museum of Art and Seoul Museum of Art. Guem lives and works in Seoul, Korea.