Suki Seokyeong Kang
Suki Seokyeong Kang
MASSIMODECARLO Pièce Unique is pleased to announce the debut exhibition of Suki Seokyeong Kang's work in France. Kang's multidisciplinary practice revolves around her research into the spatial and social constructs that shape an individual's position in society. Influenced by traditional Korean painting and the concept of "Jinkyung" or "True Scenery," Kang offers a contemporary reinterpretation that forms the basis of her artistic exploration. She delves into the complexities of discerning what is considered "true" versus what is merely "perceived." For Kang, this struggle extends beyond the literal depiction of landscapes and encompasses a broader narrative perspective and subjective lens through which she views and tells stories about the world. Her artwork serves as a means to examine the relationships between observed objects, individuals, and the surrounding environment, aiming to understand their interconnectedness.
Employing various artistic mediums such as painting, installation, video, and performance, Kang creates a dynamic dialogue between historical influences and modern artistic expressions. Her concept of 'Paintallation' recontextualises the fundamental elements and methodologies of painting within installations, pushing the boundaries of traditional painting.
At MASSIMODECARLO Pièce Unique, Kang presents one of her Grandmother Towers alongside a woven steel Mat. The sculpture, composed of delicately balanced metallic cylinders shaped after the internal structures of industrial dishwashers, projects a curved figure outward, engaging in a graceful dialogue with the metallic woven Mat. Kang draws inspiration from hwamunseok, woven sedge mats used in traditional Korean court dances, which symbolise the minimum space allotted to individuals within society. Through their repeated appearance and proliferation in her works, Kang constructs a visual score that suggests the potential for a collective consciousness arising from individual actions.
The grid serves as a structuring device across her works in various mediums, mutually activating one another. By appropriating and manipulating the grid, Kang develops a visual language deeply resonant with the cultural and historical context of her Korean heritage. Through her exploration of space and social structures using diverse media, Kang offers a nuanced investigation into the role of the individual in shaping and negotiating their relationship with society.