CHOI&LAGER project is pleased to invite you to the cocktail reception
Friday, 29 March 2013, 7pm onwards
7 Rue Gustave Nadaud
Interphone: LE FUR CHOI
<LOW Yongbaek Lee, Angel Soliders, C print no7m 2011.jpg>Angel Soldier, Yongbaek Lee, Single Chanel Video, 2011
CHOI&LAGER project is pleased to invite you to the exhibition "The Secret Garden"
Korean art critic Jin Sook Lee writes in her book
The Big Bang, "Art is society's most sensitive organ. Artists,
who instinctively discern the discreet changes in society, can truly be
considered as a medium initiated to the secrets of the world". Artists
are, indeed, the first to capture certain mysteries
of the universe and to translate them into their own secret codes. We
are made to share the question of "why?", a question they ask the world.
We try, in each of our different ways, to answer this question, while
knowing that the question doesn't really need
to be answered. It is the process itself that leads us to one or
another answer that gives us the pleasure and excitement of venturing
into a secret garden. The garden is an unknown territory, a land to be
discovered, and a means to communicate. The creative
universe of each artist is like a secret garden and their work leads us
there, a place our senses suddenly come to life and our consciousness
For the third consecutive year since 2011, CHOI&LAGER is
presenting a new exhibition in Paris with the opportunity
to view the works of artists who witness our time and society and
invite us to their secret gardens. This year's exhibition brings
together Korean artists who are already well established in the
international art world together with other emerging artists; an exhibition in various media ranging from painting,
photography, sculpture, video and installation. We feel honored to present, for the first time in Paris, Yongbaek Lee's Angel Soldier and Plastic fish, both works having raised much interest at the Venice Biennale in 2009. It is with great pleasure
that we present a painting from Seahyun Lee's Between Red series,
a work which sparked interest both in the West and East and continues
to reveal its depth. We are also proud to present works by Meekyung
Shin, a London based artist who has taken part in many public projects
and has distinguished herself through a solo exhibition at the Haunch of
Venison Gallery in London. The series entitled Tree by Soonhak Kwon,
who has been part of the CHOI&LAGER project in Paris ever since its
very beginning, a new form of book-inspired work by Jukhee Kwon,
abstract scenery in soil by Sungpil Chae who is based in Paris but is
active both in Europe and in Asia are all part of this
year's exhibition. The show also
includes installations by Juju Yu, photographs by Beomsik Won, paintings
by Eunkyung Lee, video and sculpture works by Yunsuk Choi and various new works by
Sangwon Lee, an artist in-residency at the Cité des Arts in Paris.
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Jukhee Kwon's work is the accumulative result of a destructive and repetitive process; the individual book, through the artist’s reworking, becomes something monumental, often returning to its original form- from tree to book, from book to tree. In Being La Scatola Gallery will house a new work by Kwon taking the form of a suspended and overflowing bookcase.
The artist notes a personal and cultural narrative within her work, which came after the act of making; a feeling of freedom from restraint perhaps, or a living-through of her own migratory experience illustrated in the books themselves. Kwon creates through the destructive process, transforming both the object itself and its relation to the viewer; her work is inspired by artist John Latham, who used ideas of disintegration and the book, notably changing the form of Greenberg’s Art and Culture by asking his students to chew the pages to result in a distilled liquid version.
Korean artist Chan Kwang Young is another notable connection; his paper sculptures, in a manner resounding heavily with the work of Kwon, take the form of huge and arresting structures made from the most delicate of parts; basic pockets of information which combine and open to become something both new and referential. Through negation Kwon’s books become beings, returned in part to their original form.
Jukhee Kwon was born in Dae-Jun in Korea in 1981 and now lives and works in London. She studied a BA in Fine Art at Chung-ang University in Korea and completed her MA in Book Arts from Camberwell College, University of the Arts London in 2011. In 2004 she was awarded the An-dong painting prize in Korea. Kwon has exhibited widely in both Europe and Korea. Selected recent exhibitions include Korean Art Now: Place Not Found, Smokehouse Gallery, London 2012; Works on Paper, La Scatola Gallery in association with GX Gallery, London 2012; Inside-out, book sculpture work, London 2011; The Face of the Shape, La Scatola Gallery, London 2011, Four, everyday life, Hanmi Gallery, London 2011; Trajector Art Fair, Brussels 2011; Casting an eye on Korea, Paris 2011.
Korean-born, London-based Jukhee Kwon is a rising new artist who's making a name for herself with these monumental sculptures that look as if pages of books are desperately trying to escape. One of her newest pieces was just displayed at a Korean contemporary art group show in Paris. The multi-level sculpture resembled a cascading waterfall shooting down the middle of a spiral staircase.
This past June, Kwon put on her first solo show, called Being, in London at La Scatola Gallery. Easily one off her most impressive pieces was a sculpture that resembled a gargantuan tree. Hanging from the ceiling, it asked its viewers to think about the destruction and re-creation of nature through art - how a book could go back to its original form - from tree to book, from book to tree.
Kwon destroys books in order to order to give them a new lease on life. Each sculpture is constructed by meticulously cutting hundreds of pages and then arranging them to form new objects.
As La Scatola Gallery states, "The artist notes a personal and cultural narrative within her work, which came after the act of making; a feeling of freedom from restraint perhaps, or a living-through of her own migratory experience illustrated in the books themselves. Kwon creates through the destructive process, transforming both the object itself and its relation to the viewer; her work is inspired by artist John Latham, who used ideas of disintegration and the book, notably changing the form of Greenberg’s Art and Culture by asking his students to chew the pages to result in a distilled liquid version."