28 Jan Apollo and Daphne
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Apollo and Daphne
curated by Chol Janepraphapan
at Art Centre Bldg., 2nd floor
25 February – 21 May 2022
Opening reception: 25 February 2022, 6.00 PM
From abstract paintings to mixed media installation, the latest exhibition of talented Korean artist Gi-ok Jeon explores her surrounding environment and daily-life scenario. The series of works genuinely invites audiences to an artistic journey along with the artist’s story through a colorful life atmosphere. Influenced by an ancient Chinese calligraphy technique, Jeon’s works combine the dominant identity of western art with trails of eastern touch – illustrating an artistic dialogue of two aesthetics on the surface of her contemporary art.
Jeon’s abstract paintings represent both western and eastern aspects, combining two different aesthetic legacies to a new art territory. Found object features with traditional Chinese calligraphy technique, giving a modern approach from European & American abstract arts. At the same time, the Chinese brush art also reflects artist identities: the root of her origin or even the movement of life. The paintings are here seen as the artist’s second world, overlapping territorially with her real-life events.
Through the history of Abstract art, paintings are mostly seen by Formalism aesthetic which focuses on actual form and matter of work – metaphor as a physical body and inner soul of artwork. Besides the form of the paintings, the matter of works unveils her full flavor of life as the artist, mother, and wife. Even though a connection of form and matter has raised many questions to art historians about its consistency, Jeon’s work still remarkably indicates the harmony and balanced life of the artist. Jeon concurrently reveals the relationship between artistic performance and actual life by painting geometric shapes on the surface with Chinese brush or playing with various art techniques descended from previous eras.
Calligraphic brushstroke, as a spontaneous automatism practice, has become a basic language for an abstract art movement. While some western art was influenced by the eastern aesthetic, Jeon as an Asian artist also adapted the occidental technique to her works. She reveals an opposition between forms, geometry, colors, and other visual elements through her brush. Her rapidly spontaneous strokes on the first layer of the surface are repainted by refined and precise finishing.
West or east – the artistic influences from both sides embed a political context to the artworks. The intercultural experience of the artist that does not belong to any place or culture, also shows a significant perspective. The exhibition is seen as a personal record for the artist who moved to live and work in an unfamiliar culture. This intercultural phenomenon is fabricated in the matter of her artistic journey.
Apollo and Daphne exposes special characteristics of Jeon’s spontaneous expression and comprehension of aesthetics. Her abstract paintings appear with contrasts of elements and media installation imbues with skillful technique, while her Western aesthetics flow back and forth with eastern sensibility, thus making a blurred line on the boundary between crafts and high art, giving a sense of joy to the audience.
The exhibition Apollo and Daphne will be on view at SAC Gallery from 25 February until 21 May 2022. The opening reception will take place on 25 February 2022 at 18.00. Map
For the entirety of the exhibition, please visit our Artsy Exhibition.
Open Hour: Tuesday – Saturday, 10.00 AM – 6.00 PM