-TITLE : GET CLOSER
-PERIOD : 9(sat) – 27(wed) September 2017
-OPENING RECEPTION : 9(sat) September 2017 pm07:00
-ARTIST : HAZZI (Eunjeong Kim)
-COLLABORATION MEMBERS : Oaksoo Baek (Fashion Designer), Eunjeong Kang (Fashion Designer), Sam Lee (Photographer), Tiger Zain (Photographer), Jenn Tachavichien (Stylist), Sandy Nicha (MUA), Lizaveta Kvetko (Fashion Model), Tabran Howard (Fashion Model), Jessica Park (Actress), Ashley Duke (Dancer), Olivia David (Dancer)
-CONTENTS : Installation, Photograph, Painting, Drawing
-LOCATION : Gallery Toast
(3F. 46, Bangbae-ro 42-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea)
-OPERATION HOURS : Monday Closed / Tuesday-Saturday 11:00-18:00 / Sunday, Holidays 13:00-18:00
-SPONSORSHIP : Gallery Toast
-PROMOTION : News Interview (Hyundai HCN), Journal (CNB Magazine), Fineart website, Gallery Mailing (Gallery Toast)
-INQUIRY : +82-2-532-6460
-when the color get imbrued
-when you get used to the surrounding
When we try to share our feeling through our inspirations, we are making the new cultures together. Just like one color meets another and becomes a new color.
It was from Summer in the past 4 years that I started to work with Hanbok (Korean traditional dress). Up until the time the things that I considered as high cultures are such as Rock&Roll Musician or Western Artist. By contrast, Korean culture to me was a cliché old fashioned thing. However, one day when I saw an article about Hanbok through a magazine, I realized how deep and dignified of Hanbok is. Something that I didn’t realize thus reflected ourselves. After that there are always Hanok and my friends on my artworks.
Spring, this year I went to New York with my first Hanbok. New York is such a city for hope and full of unique people. It was a valuable experience for me.
Black, White, Yellow and Brown
Female, Male and LGBT.
Where there is no judge.
So it bring us all closer to each other.
I wish you guys would love what I’m falling in love with.
Just like when you change me to be more similar to you.
I also want to get along with you.
“Why are we envious and jealous of something at the same time?” Like a glass bead that seems to be very hard but easily breakable. There is an air of delicate and subtle tension that is invisible between them.
My artwork is a series of process throwing questions on an existing social convention and custom and finding the beauty of subjectivity and identity moving away from the fixed beauty. It is true that women have lived conscious of the eyes of power and control for a long time. In the society where beauty is directly connected to individual ability and personality, such beauty brought about a hierarchy of appearance, and social conventions that a mother should realize the image of a loving mother raising a child created secret attack culture through body language and relationship instead of using a fist or a sword. Women’s liberation movements such as feminism have not yet fully renovated the relationship between women, especially those unfamiliar each other or with different backgrounds. That’s why it is very important for us to respect each other’s differences and share the rich experience, culture and thinking together.
I organized a team as a general director of artwork in the team and have been collaborating with experts coming from many fields including photographers, makeup&hair artists, models, Hanbok (Korean traditional clothes) designers, etc. I took pictures containing the characters and situations of the motifs obtained from big and small events that had happened among women and completed paintings by harmonizing metaphors symbolizing their identity.
‘Hanbok (Korean traditional clothes)’ is motifs used as materials for the work to arose subjectivity. ‘Hanbok : Korean traditional clothes’ are different from the dress that emphasizes the beauty of the existing women. Even it covers the part of the body that draws attention, it is a good material to contain the power of the iron fist in the velvet glove in the noble and elegant design. I tried to restore their distorted status as the subject of beauty, not as an object in passive and decorative appearance, by taking pictures of their dignified appearance.
Also, I want to go one step ahead from the plane and reproduce Mise-en-Scene of work by making ‘a dancing woman’ appear in the performance. Despite dance has existed from the very beginning of human history as a culture close to instinct among human desires, it took a long time to be recognized as an independent art genre unlike music. It may be because the subject and eyes toward the body and sex are engaged together in the source of this emotion. I will challenge idealized image of woman through a dancing woman and seek the range of freedom to the extent that woman’s body can reach. It means to focus on freedom from eyes and oppression and joy of being subject of desire on its own.
In conclusion, the projects are reflected into the work the social issues that I felt directly through the interaction with them in the place where various races meet, which can break down the wall of sex, race and class and make it harmonized with the diversity of beauty. The reason that I chose New York City as a destination to shoot more was that it was a Mecca of culture that people from various art fields gather. I think this work would be of great significance if we can lead people to have an open mind by knocking the door of polarized ideology and stereotypes and through art.