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EXHIBITIONS
Hakgojae Gallery
21.2 Century

 

 

Taking the first breath of 2020, I recall this quote: “The Future is Now.[1]” Nam June Paik (1932-2006, Korea) claimed and used the time of today, while living in yesterday. As in his New Year greetings to George Orwell (1903-1950, U.K.), he continuously foresaw the future with optimistic views. Recently, we faced the symbolic era that is the year 2000. We were elated with a sense of duty, and perhaps, were also in distress due to responsibilities too burdensome to take in. Rapture and fear combined, we truly experienced innumerable trials and changes. Art broadened its borders and disassembled rules. Our standards for assessment became diverse in proportion to this infinite expansion. Now, we turn the chapter of the 21.2 Century. This exhibition comprises works from Hakgojae Collection. With Nam June Paik at the outset, various works by Korean and international artists are presented.

 

Nam June Paik’s Robot (Radio Man, Joseph Beuys) (1987) opens up the exhibition. Paik created this work in the following year since his old friend, Joseph Beuys (1921-1986, Germany) passed away. The felt hat that Beuys liked to wear is symbolic. The monitor located on the top plays Good Morning Mr. Orwell (1984), and the one on the bottom plays Bye Bye Kipling (1986). These two works are a part of a series Paik called Space Opera Trilogy.[2] Paik bids his innocent farewell to Orwell’s dystopian prediction and responds to Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936, India), who deemed that the East and the West could never concord with one another with the world connected by satellite. A robot of the end of the century gazes towards today.



[1] PAIK, Nam June. “People talk about the future being tomorrow, but the future is now.” in: ARTnews (New York: 1995).

[2] Nam June Paik’s Satellite Trilogy. Good Morning Mr. Orwell (1984), Bye Bye Kipling (1986), Wrap around the World (1988) 

 

 

Excerpt from “Hakgojae Collection: 21.2 Century”  |  Miran Park  (Curator at Hakgojae Gallery)



Artworks
Nam June PAIK
TV Buddha

1974-1989

Bronze sculpture, TV monitor, closed-circuit camera

70 x 140 x 105 cm

Nam June PAIK
Robot (Radio Man, Joseph Beuys)

1987

Mixed media

194 x 75 x 55 cm

CHUNG Sang Hwa
Untitled A

1982

Acrylic on canvas and collage on wood

65 x 50 cm

CHUNG Sang Hwa
Untitled

1987

Collage on paper

80 x 55 cm

Antony GORMLEY
Capacitor

2008

Carbon and casein on paper

28 x 19 cm

SONG Hyun-sook
6 Brushstrokes

2008

Tempera on canvas

110 x 100 cm

SONG Hyun-sook
8 Brushstrokes Over Tiger

2013

Tempera on canvas

170 x 127 cm

SONG Hyun-sook
7 Brushstrokes Over Figure

2013

Tempera on canvas

150 x 170 cm

SONG Hyun-sook
8 Brushstrokes

2007

Tempera on canvas

150 x 200 cm

CHUNG Hyun
Untitled

2014

Colored pencil on paper

54.5 x 40 cm

CHUNG Hyun
Untitled

2014

Conte on paper

79 x 55 cm

KIM Hyunsik
Who Likes K Blue?

2016

Acrylic on epoxy resin, wooden frame

40.5(h) x 21.5 x 7 cm

KIM Hyunsik
Who Likes K Yellow?

2016

Acrylic on epoxy resin, wooden frame

40.5(h) x 21.5 x 7 cm

KIM Hyunsik
Who Likes K Magenta?

2016

Acrylic on epoxy resin, wooden frame

40.5 x 21.5 x 7 cm

LEE Woosung
Daecheong Dam

2017

Acrylic gouache, gesso on canvas

65 x 50 cm (x3)

LEE Leenam
Landscape of Wang Shichang

2013

Video, 55 inch LED TV

9min 4sec

LEE Leenam
Blooming ume flowers on Assa cloth

2013

Video, 55 inch LED TV

8min 50sec

Yangachi
Barely maintaining with pose in the 20th century

2011

Mixed media

108 x 158 cm

Julian OPIE
View from my bedroom window

2007

Continuous computer animation on LCD screen

24.8(h) x 30.5 x 4.2 cm

HEO Suyoung
Grass 05

2018

Oil on canvas

217 x 171 cm

HEO Suyoung
Untitled 04

2018

Oil on canvas

25 x 25 cm

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