Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Phantoms of Asia

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.

For Phantoms of Asia, Kwak creates a site-specific installation for the museum’s North Court, which will not be seen again after the exhibition closes.

 “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)


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Awesome art. Thanks for sharing. I read your response on the recent TGB blog about retirement. I too saved a chunk of my pay over time and worked my fanny off for a decent retirement. The last thing I want to see these days is inflation which can devastate a fixed income over night. Cheers!! Dianne