When you enter the Asian, the first thing you see is this stunning piece, stretched across the wall of the court. Made with black masking tape, the impact is astonishing. The rest of the show is equally amazing - not all pieces work that well but what is worth respecting is the Asian's courage in exhibiting such cutting edge contemporary art and their ingenuity in pairing 21st century art with the more classical pieces in the collection. There will be a fuller review to come but this will do for starters.
Korean-born New York based artist Sun K. Kwak makes the invisible
visible using a surprisingly simple medium: black masking tape. Through a
process infused with an element of performance, Kwak channels
surrounding energy to manifest a movement of lines, liberating the space
and transforming it into a new pictorial reality.
“At the close of an exhibition,” Kwak explains, “the space once again becomes blank, as the black tape of the drawings is pulled off the wall and thrown out. This process of emptying the space is a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life and my acceptance of the emptiness of that nature. Yet the drawing lives on in viewers’ memories as an imprint that leaves the space forever altered.”(photographs are mine)