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.
Contemporary visual art interprets concepts of space in diverse ways. It distorts, deconstructs and overturns them. Contemporary artists nowadays show work so secretive and beyond judgement that outer and inner worlds blur. Such work can provide fantasy, visual pleasure, desire, and display the psychological makeup of the public. Before contemporary art, mainly in painting, concepts of space were predominantly ideological, until the Modernists expanded it to something multi-faceted and revolutionary. Similarly, movies visualize things of unknown, seemingly impossible phenomena with certainty. The invention of photography established a new understanding of visual perception, echoing the revolutionand disclosure of the unknown. This new perception completes the fundamental form of modern art.
Post-Modernism is free of thought systems based on rationality. From a viewpoint of Late Structuralism, space can be viewed as complex and multilayered, beyond outdated, simplistic notions of space. Now there can be mutual penetration of space, erasing divides between past and present, breaking down barriers between genders – men as active and women as an object of voyeurism is a barrier that’s been overturned. Following this, artists trying to reproduce self-identity through space can now create diverse ‘meaning space’, where desires can be reflected, suppressed, or born again in symbolic fantasies. Space can be an object of play, and consequently, Alternative Spaces are knowable as cultural resistance. This is why the notion of space,explored by today’s artists, is so intriguing.