Chung Seoyoung: Knocking Air
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.
Chung SeoyoungBlood, Flesh, Bone, 2019wood68 x 52 x 236cm
Chung SeoyoungThorns, Tall Plants, 2020ceramic, painted plywood pedestal29.9 x 21 cm, 64 x 68 x 106 cm
Chung SeoyoungWalnut*, 2020polyurethane resin, wood, glass, paint68.5 x 90 x 25 cm
Chung SeoyoungThe World, 2019two- channel video, 10:25dimensions variable
KOR | Chung Seoyoung’s Walnuts—My Encounter Within a GalleryEsquire, Sehoi Park, July 1, 2020 This link opens in a new tab.
KOR | Sculptures Appear Without Explanation And, Unforgettable, Last ForeverCNB Journal, Moonjung Lee, June 12, 2020 This link opens in a new tab.
KOR | More Than Form, Relationship...Sculpting the Unseen WorldKyunghyang News, Jaekee Do, June 9, 2020 This link opens in a new tab.
Chung Seoyoung, Barakat ContemporaryArtforum, Jung-Ah Woo, June 1, 2020 This link opens in a new tab.
KOR | When an Object Becomes SculptureMaeil Business Newspaper, Seulgi Kim, May 24, 2020 This link opens in a new tab.
KOR | The Common Point in Poetry and Sculpture...The Moments when Objects Become SculptureHerald Economics, Han-bit Lee, May 18, 2020 This link opens in a new tab.