Sunday, March 7, 2010

No Man's Land



Soo Jung Choi
No Man's Land
15-31 January
Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien gmbh

Invitation Card
(Pixelized Mr. Amundsen in Universe)

SOO JUNG CHOI selects trivial things or their illustrations from various contexts of everyday life and paints copies of them; once they have been separated from any precisely definable context, she introduces them into her large-format acrylics paintings and collages as both structuring elements and artistic depictions. The motifs are lined up, repeated and transformed, whereby specific characteristics or a repeated use of colour gives the breathtakingly diverse painting an almost mathematically stringent foundation. Soo Jung Choi's techniques of painting and collage suggest an affinity to handicraft activities such as weaving, knotting or knitting.
Essentially, the exhibition "No Man's Land" comprises three groups of works: the two-part, large-format work "Floccinaucinihilipilification" is based on a net-like compositional structure that entices the viewer into the painting's labyrinth with a crowd of hundreds of small, colourful motifs, like small bait ingeniously laid out by the artist, and so causes him to become entangled in its 'net'. The second work complex, "Treasure Island", is a two-part, painting collage with pasted-on scraps of cloth, wool or coloured thread; its composition is based on the dot structure of reproductions showing actually existing stellar constellations, which the artist found in an atlas. The presentation is supplemented by four ordinary commercial fishing nets partially lifted from the floor by nylon threads suspended from the ceiling. An almost rectangular space is thus formed and illuminated so that the net’s structure is duplicated as a shadow outline on the floor of the exhibition space.

Soo Jung Choi holds a fellowship from the Arts Council Korea and is a guest at K├╝nstlerhaus Bethanien in the context of our International Studio Programme.

Soo Jung Choi - "No Man's Land"
15th January - 31st January 2010, Studio 2
Tuesday - Sunday, 2 - 7 pm
Opening: Thursday, 14th January 2010, from 7 pm