Sejin Kwon, Heelan Jin: Sensory Memory
1. The museum’s ‘Painter’ project, a part of the museum's mid-to long-term strategy, supported talented young artists in Korean painting since 2010, aiming for promotion on Korean paintings
2. The two artists, Sejin Kwon and Heelan Jin, interpret individual emotions, experiences, and memories at various levels in their own ways
Hanwon Museum of Art presents Sensory Memory from June 11 to July 31, 2020.
The Painter project, a part of the museum's mid-to long-term strategy, supported talented young artists in Korean painting since 2010, aiming for further promotion on Korean paintings. The artists who have participated in the project have been showing their potential and passion for creation through their works.
The 11th Painter: Sensory Memory aims to understand the current state of contemporary Korean paintings and gauge its development for the next ten years. The title, Sensory Memory does not represent a record of natural scenes observed in everyday life, but a metaphor for psychological afterimages that evoke past experiences and memories. Observation is finding something new that is different from status quo. If we identify the objects based on sensory experiences and perception, they can be read (observed) in new contexts from different perspectives.
The two artists, Sejin Kwon and Heelan Jin, interpret individual emotions, experiences, and memories at various levels in their own ways. The landscapes they have painted are devoted to exploring their meaning and symbols in afterimages of memories. While collecting and assembling memories, the artists question intrinsic values in time. Sejin Kwon’s photographs focus on expressing emotions and timeliness in memory. Kwon takes pictures of landscapes, rediscovered with observation on his personal interests and experiences. He disassembles them into square-sized pieces using a digital editing process and then assemble into a single image. Based on traditional painting techniques, Heelan Jin records the stories that she collects while climbing up and down of mountains using a bird’s-eye view perspective.
The 11th Painter: Sensory Memory will provide the audience with a glimpse into the gap between our lives and memories and a chance to think about the surroundings enclosing us.