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Forgotten Promises 

Mari KIM 

 

Hakgojae Shanghai is pleased to announce Mari Kim’s first solo exhibition in China, Forgotten Promises from 29th of May to 5th of July, 2015.

Pop Art conscientizes emotions of modern people by reenacting popular imagery such as advertisement, label, cartoon, film, photograph, etc.

Moreover, Pop Art crosscurrents the abstract expressionism, which is called as universal characteristic of contemporary art and solemnity that asks for philosophical introspection, seeks for future oriented art that is open-minded and newly born every moment, derailing from the norms of formalized art. Therefore, Pop Art contains daily images that are excluded from scope of traditional fine art, and has been creating a heterogeneous world that are mixed with diverse concepts—materialism and spirit, high culture and pop culture, heaviness and lightness, reality and illusion, internal and external, etc. Recent Pop Art especially has been combining rapidly developing technology and media through computers and has been evolved into a form of virtual realism composed of a cartoon, painting, and technology.

Mari Kim actively accepts the outcomes of the generation and creates her own unique images from it. By producing music video Hate You of a famous female K-pop leading idol group, 2NE1, the artist and her own character, named “Eyedoll”; following the same pronunciation of the word ‘Idol,’ started to gain popularity worldwidely.

The original meaning of the term ‘idol’ is an icon of worship. In a traditional meaning, idol implies a “replica” that people artificially made from the image of the God. In Kim’s artworks, cloned girls named “Eyedoll” appear with different styles of make-up. Each cloned girls insists herself as original work, yet their faces have been created through the same process like factory-made robots and Barbie dolls. It can be interpreted as simulacra, which means replications without an original work according to Jean Baudrillard. In the world of simulacrum, replication itself becomes the original work. In other words, an idol becomes a god.

Through the exhibition Forgotten Promises, the audience will experience the nostalgia and longing for re-birth of modern Chinese cultural history as a metaphor and symbol of god through the Eyedoll.

Since its opening in Shanghai, Hakgojae Shanghai has been presenting exhibitions of the 1st generations of artists from China and Korea- Meeting Nam June Paik in Shanghai, A Tenth of a Second: Ma Liuming Solo exhibition, Unconstraint Creation, etc- based on the context of contemporary art history. This exhibition is a story of a young artist, whom carries tendencies of Neo-Pop which is relatively a recent issue in contemporary art. Hakgojae Shanghai would like to provide an opportunity for the audience to catch a glimpse of the artist’s intention that explores new form of aesthetics in art and commerce and boundaries between art and daily lives.