Chung Seoyoung: Knocking Air
12 May — 5 July 2020
Barakat Contemporary will present Chung Seoyoung’s solo exhibition, Knocking Air, from May 12th to July 5th, 2020. Chung Seoyoung is an artist who played a leading role in establishing ‘Contemporary Art’ as a new category within the Korean art world in the 1990s. Focusing on sculptural elements, Chung Seoyoung began making her work in the 1990s, drawn to the odd gaps that appeared in the reality of the rapidly changing social atmosphere of the time. In particular, the artist deals with fundamental questions about Sculpture itself, bringing non-sculptural materials found commonly throughout industrialized society, such as Styrofoam, linoleum, plastics, sponges, and plywood, to a sculptural state. In this exhibition, the artist flexibly expands the scope of sculpture through the use of more diverse materials including ceramic, aluminum, Jesmonite, glass, and cloth.
The title of this exhibition, Knocking Air, speaks to the impossible act of knocking on the invisible element of air and, at the same time, is accompanying linguistic performativity that derives future unforeseen circumstances to eventually occur from this. This exhibition will feature 27 works, both past and new, including sculptures, installations, videos, and textual drawings on ceramic.
Starting from the artist’s free reasoning about objects, the sculpture of Chung Seoyoung creates a new dimension, or fictional and poetic realm, that branches out from the accumulating intimate time between artist and object. Through this unfamiliar territory, one faces an extraordinary moment where objects become sculpture.
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Cheong Seoyoung (b.1964, Seoul) studied sculpture at Seoul National University and the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. In the mid-1990s, she began her activity as a sculptor within the context of Korean contemporary art. She was a representative artist for the Korean Pavilion at the 50th Venice Biennale and has held solo exhibitions at Portiks Frankfurt, Art Sonje Center, Atelier Hermès, and Ilmin Museum of Art. She has also taken part in group exhibitions at the 4th and 7th Gwangju Biennale, Plateau, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Korea), the Mediacity Biennale, Shiseido Gallery (Tokyo), Taipei Fine Arts Museum, and the Hong Kong Arts Centre. She has been honored with the Kim Se-jung Sculpture Award, artist support from the state of Baden-Württemberg, and arts foundation support, and a number of her works are included in the collections of various public and national museums and institutions in South Korea, including the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul Museum of Art, Gyeonggi Museum of Art, Art Sonje Center, and Platform-L.