Plastic Nature, group show
A proposal by Sang-A Chun
13 DECEMBER 2012 - 23 FEBRUARY 2013
Artists :Hsia-Fei Chang, Jeong-Hwa Choi, Carole Fékété, Young-In Hong, Sung-Soo Koo.
GVQ, Vanessa Quang Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition curated by Plastic Nature Sang Chun. Plastic Nature raises various questions around the flower, one of the major topics of the history of art. A selection of works illustrates the ambiguity of the title "Plastic Nature," which evokes both the beauty of nature and a material which, he, nothing natural. Giving an extension to this paradoxical combination of words, flower, inspiration if any, becomes a way for artists to express about different social, cultural, aesthetic ...
Assemblies synthetic flowers Hsia-Fei Chang usually in the form of speech bubbles, in which words or phrases are provocative. Hung on the wall, these bright flowers have the appearance both decorative and disturbing. Used in funeral ceremonies in Taiwan that can last several weeks, synthetic flowers back repeatedly in the work of the artist, as a representation of the beauty of "cheap" and the end of something, or rather a end that leaves no one indifferent.
In the work of Choi Jeong-Hwa, the flower appears as a symbol of the economic development of Korea. "Big Flower", "Breathing Flower," "Flower Flower", "Heart of Flower" ... all his works based inflatable flowers are both great successes of the country and the negative effects of its constituent hidden face incredible development .Through objects industrially manufactured in large quantities (plastic baskets, synthetic flowers, artificial pearls ...), the artist offers a critical view on the mass culture of today's society.
The photographs of Carole Fékété invite reflection on the nature of things. His series "Flowers" is based on accurate staging, enhanced by light, in which the flowers appear sculptural and overpowering. Carefully chosen in full bloom, and away from the delicate wild flowers, these flowers are often products of a hybrid and conquering nature, devoted to ever more spectacularity and theatricality. The illusion of artificiality is accentuated here by the contrasts of color and texture between the background and the subject.
During a trip to Delhi in 2004, Young-In Hong began a series of drawings of flowers entitled "Flower drawing." The artist draws flowers with a sewing machine, directly on the fabric. She completes her work in the signing, but his signature is actually a note that indicates the price, date and place of purchase flowers. Through the flower, the former enjoyed the ephemeral beauty, Hong questioned the value of beauty in the market society today.
Named "Photogenic Drawing," a photographic process Sung-Soo Koo looks like a botanist studying a wide variety of plants in his laboratory. Through steps such as collecting, washing, footprint and molding wildflowers, it applies to the print from watercolor to achieve the image of the original flower, and then takes in his camera this reconstituted flower. Through the delicate appearance and natural beauty of the flower plastic, Koo has, in fact, his "cynical" of photography vision. For the artist, unlike the time of his invention where we practiced the picture to represent reality, it is today a technical producing mechanical picture.
As part of the exhibition "Plastic Nature," Jeong-Hwa Choi presented his sculptures of inflatable flowers, and he also made a specific installation location.