JUKHEE KWON, Objecthood
Opening 12 January 2017 h 7 p.m., Via Argelati n° 24, 20143 Milano (MI)
Until 10 March 2017
“For me, each book has individual personality and it has narrative and history like a human being.”
Galleria Patricia Armocida presented Objecthood, a solo exhibition by Korean artist Jukhee Kwon, curated by Tiziana Castelluzzo, that opened on Thursday, January 12th, 2017.
By manually shredding pages of abandoned and unused books with great precision and patience, Jukhee Kwon creates waterfall-like hanging sculptures. Kwon is fascinated by the transformation of ordinary objects into extraordinary ones, by way of de-construction and creation.The closed book opens; it changes itself from a reading material into a new object that assumes a different existence, both in a physical and metaphorical sense.
Not every book captures Kwon’s attention however. 'Abandoned,' vintage or simply worn books that have a story, in the sense of previous ownership, in addition to the tale written inside, are the treasures Jukhee looks for. As much as her creativity modifies the physical appearance of an old book, it also alters its story and its meaning. The closed book opens; the words spring out invading our space, free from their original sentence structure and arbitrarily jumbling into new ones, creating new meanings. The words do not follow any grammatical logic nor there is even a need for one. The original premise of the book is lost and the shredded paper looks like a disembowelled mess but a new object is born, inspiring a profound sense of wonder.
The expanding of the book alludes to the freedom and movement that marks the artist's own personal experience of migration. In cutting the fragile pages, the artist retraces paths of her memory and takes its first steps toward new experiences. But just as in an endless circle, through this transformation, the book returns to its very primary material, assuming an arborescent form.
Jukhee Kwon was born in South Korea in 1981 and is currently living and working in Italy. She studied in Korea and holds an MA from Camberwell College of Arts, London. She has exhibited internationally in the UK, France and Korea. She has participated to special project such as Dipping into Darkness, Asia House, London 2016; The Book of Galileo, Asia House, London 2014; Arabesque Dream, Abu Dhabi Art, Beyond Sector, United Arab Emirates 2016. She has also participated to the conference “Focus on Asia”, New York Book Art Fair 2012 and her wok is part of the Victoria&Albert Museum in London.
Among her last solo exhibitions: Jukhee Kwon, October Gallery, London 2014; Being, La Scatola Gallery, London 2012; Inside-Out, Camberwell College of Arts Library, London 2011; Tree to Tree, Seorabul Gallery, Korea 2004. Among her last group exhibition: Please, return to Busan, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway 2016; Solchi letterari, Museo Scuderie Aldobrandini, Frascati, Italy 2016; Have a Good Day, Mr. Kim!, Michael Horbach Foundation in partnership with Choi & Lager Gallery, Koln 2015; Art 15, Freedom Audit, October Gallery, London 2015; Malfunction Library, Seoul Museum of Art, Korea 2014; Presents, Choi & Lager Project, Paris 2014; Art 14, October Gallery, London 2014; Journeys, TEA for THREE project, Berlin 2013; Rock, Paper and Scissors, TEA for Three project, Milan 2013; The secret garden, Choi & Lager Project, Paris 2013; Art Dubai, Dubai 2013; Scope Basel, October Gallery, Basel 2013; The world of Extraordinary Objects, October Gallery, London 2013; A Korean Eye, Choi & Lager project, Paris 2012; The Map of Korea, 5th 4482 Korean Exhibition, Barge House Gallery, London 2012.