2007, Korean Modern Photography Spectrum
Five Projects: Body, Space, Still Life, Landscape, Social
From the February 1st to July 23rd 2007, Trunk Gallery exhibited 2007, Korean Modern Photography Spectrum. Five projectstitled Body, Space, Still Life, Landscape, and Social showed a spectrum of works by contemporary Korean photographers. To counteract narrow-mindedness in galleries only showing prominent artists, a display of representative work by new faces was the primary focus of our exhibition.
A gallery specializing in photography must be trustworthy in its management of work; and it must have an abundance of content. The gallery should also, help in informing society about artists who speak for the aesthetics of this time; select and properly exhibit important works by these artists; provide interpretation of these artists’ work and estimate a work’s quality and worth for the benefit of art collectors. To properly exhibit this abundance, Spectrum was classified by its objects rather than a theme, as we believe contexts surrounding each object could be pointed out, and thus each artist’s disposition could also be revealed.
2007, Korean Modern Photography Spectrum show-cased six artists, including one new artist, in each exhibition, so 30 photographers displayed a wide variety of work. We sincerely thank all the artists who participated.
Originally, landscape pictures were like maps, drawn and hung in a lord’s parlor to show the scope of his land. They became a communication medium with social and cultural meaning.
Landscapes photos: the harmony of nature and the sights of the human world. Time and space. Expression of cultural thought. The result of an expression of subjective,psychological emotion, made individual through choice of frame.
An interaction between human and nature, self and others, shown in present time and space, with the reality of its value implied in socially, culturally reproduced space.
The object and form of landscape photography is expanding beyond nature / human relations and their relational context, into a medium for cultural discourse. Into a recording of historical appearance; an indicator for philosophical thought; an expression of desire towards nature. A world of ideological expression from diverse imaginations.