UnKyung Hur (Korean B.1964)
UnKyung Hur (Korean B.1964)
|The light of time
Unkyung Hur was always interested in 'light'.
'Enlightenment'(2000) is the representative which presents the meditating space by the illuminating reflections of water contained in vivid, colorful, transparent acrylic bowls. As the installed room shows lucid dancing auroras when the viewers touch the bowls, it leap the viewers to infinite space from closed walls bounded in gallery. As we may call this interactive, its reason is physical but the effect is electronic. The start is sensual but the result is spiritual. This remind us the words of the movie director Jean-Luc Godard "Art is not the reflection of reality, but the reality of reflection"
We may say the auroras are rather light of life travel into space being created by water reflections freely, than just revival of waving ripples of water.
What the artist want to present were the pure, quiet and subtle particles of energy fade out easily, perishable and untouchable.
She is concerned about the direct presence of material and its extinction in time. She also tried to present the spiritual color and the emptiness of material. Those two opposite qualities intersect each other at the point of the time and space of "All the appearances is, namely, nothing" (form does not differ from emptiness: The Heart of Prajna Paramita Sutra) not facing the opposite within the gap between materials and non materials.
At this exhibition she seems detour her interest back to "Objects" from "Conceptual expressions". She says "I saw with my eyes before, now I see with my body. I drew with my eyes before, now, I draw what my body wants." It's quiteLouise Bourgeois like. The time melted in the objects requires all the senses of body not just a sight alone. The shapes formed by the mother of pearls are sealed on the canvas and three dimensional objects painted with Korean traditional lacquer called(Ot-chil). Those shapes doesn't take passive attitudes, but they spontaneously make new meanings.
From the intensive labors in Korean traditional lacquering(ot-chil), even the incantations on the objects smears out. In her works the new system of ready-made or dimension confused processes are shown, that includes the Pop art like feelings and the qualities of antiques. At a glance some of them even look like books.
It's the modern style of the book "Almagest" written on the eclipse of the sun, the moon and five planets by Greek astronomer Klaudios Ptolemaeos.
The combination of the media and her theme is closely associated with the harmony of the eastern astronomy and the western musicology. That also persues the beauty in classical meaning of the
coordination between Korean philosophy(Yin,Yan and the five elements) and the Western seven musical scales. Namely, the cosmic integration theory of the numerical unity and the order, the symmetry, the unification in diversities after Pythagoras and Aristoteles is being manifested within the eastern colors.
The narrative Pop aesthetic of the robotic and the flower images, which emphasizes the continuance of 'time' side with the effects of the power of basic forms. Furthermore, we see the cosmic and the elemental factors in the diversities of the construction and the deconstruction of basic forms. There are the circulatory junctions of micro and macro, the proliferation and the tabloid of a microscope and a telescope.
In her experiments the cosmic qualities and the elements (they are not different from one another)are no greater than the emblems and the codes of life forms, that tries to express themselves. She shows them with the cosmic black color and the resplendent mother of pearl. This is why her works feel like media art. For it is not just "come bact to object" but rather "the rebirth of spirituality within materials". She tries to create interactive time and space and the rhythm of energy. We are quietly consoled with the work's eastern, spiritual light and we became one of the historic beings just like them in the same period of time.