Monday, November 8, 2010

Korean Artist Kim Joon

Korean Artist Kim Joon @ Sundaram Tagore NYC | MuseumViews |


Fragile-Flow Blue, Digital Print, 82.7”x47” in., 2010, Courtesy Sundaram Tagore
Fragile is the second solo exhibition of Korean artist Kim Joon (b. 1966) at Sundaram Tagore New York. The show is a variation on the emerging photographerÔÇÖs fascination with tattoos and taboos. His use of three-dimensional computer graphics enables Joon to ‘virtuallyÔÇÖ mould the physiology of his subjects in an anti-pygmalian fashion. The artist, then, imprints (tattoos) his imperfect bodies and figur(in)es with iconic imagery of contemporary luxury-brands or historic mass-produced Chinoiserie patterns that signify their mediated aesthetics. The Seoul-born Joon has explained his interest in tattoos “as a metaphor for hidden desire or a kind of compulsion engraved into human consciousness. Tattoos can reflect individual and collective reality or displaced desire.”
- Cradle Song - Ferragamo, Digital print, 2009, Courtesy Sundaram Tagore
JoonÔÇÖs recent adaptation of blue and white Chinese porcelain ware design is at once an ode to, and a criticism of, the stunning eminence of Asia as a rising financial, political and cultural power. Dating back to as early as the 9th century, the techniques of hand-painted pottery had fully evolved toward, and were cultivated for, mass-production, by the 14th century. At the height of the Industrial Age, this ‘fragileÔÇÖ creation had manifested itself into the most imitable of Orientalia from Iznik to Delft and Staffordshire. JoonÔÇÖs deceptively decorative images thus betray just how little things have changed: the continuous and growingly dynamic Seidenstra├če (Silk Road) trade; import of raw material from neighboring countries (cobalt from Persia/Iran); advancement of Chinese technologies; and, the expanding import/export market for luxury as well as mass-produced goods.
In many ways, the Korean artistÔÇÖs latest production of digitally mastered, Chinoiserie-inspired hollowed-figur(in)e images is a highly aestheticized and sensualized criticique of 21st century dilemmas concerning private and communal desires and identities. Likewise, in Sundaram Tagore, Joon has found an able arbiter of the ever-expanding Seidenstra├če from Hong Kong to Los Angeles via New York City

New Acropolis Museum, Athens - Opening Ceremony Video Projections direct...

A new museum, this museum of the Acropolis of Athens opened its doors for the first time, not only for Greeks but for all the world.Besides, the Acropolis is a World Heritage Site.During the opening ceremony, there was a screening of a documentary records, rather than a screen, but the facades of adjacent buildings.This innovative and excellent but for a real Oscar, directed by Athina Rachel Tsangaris, I will present to you today through this site, as well as scenes from the opening ceremony.Keep this video in your heart as an example of unique movie art, which may not have seen before.
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Opening Ceremony Video Projections directed by Athina Rachel Tsangaris
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