Participating Artists: Hyesoo Park, Sojung Jun
The world is perceptual. We humans perceive the world through our senses, carrying on with our daily routines. Every moment, a barrage of sensory input incessantly bombards our bodies within and beyond the reach of our consciousness. We often forget the very fact that our lives are built upon such perceptions, swept up in the throes of life, but ‘that which is sensed’ or ‘the act of sensing’ is a rich source of inspiration for artists, serving as a critical means to create as they strive to leave their traces by honing their perceptual sensitivity. Through the process of interrelating art and sensation, artists become ‘translators of senses’ but also ‘creators of new perceptions.’
re: Sense, the special exhibition of the Coreana Museum of Art, in celebration of the museum’s fifteenth anniversary, calls attention to this topic – that of sense. The two exhibiting artists, Hyesoo Park and Sojung Jun, introduce artistic experiments wherein they trans-mediate their own sensory experiences in the space of the museum. Park, who has been presenting participatory artwork based on an abiding interest in the daily fabrics of life, invites visitors to a combinatory space comprising visual, auditory, and tactile factors in H.E.L.P. (2018), translating one’s own history of insomnia into a form of sensory expression. Jun, who has been exploring the theme of synesthesia these the past years, showcases a kind of platform whereat the findings and other threads of thoughts are translated into and sensed through myriad layers including books, videos, drawings, and spatial installation through the new project Bouba Kiki (2018).
In its continued thematic exploration of the ‘body,’ the museum sheds light on more complex and multi-faceted senses such as the intersection or transference of perceptions along with the artistic act of receiving and trans-mediating different sensory input, going a step beyond approaches that focus on the five primary senses in this special exhibition. Our objective is to re-illuminate the textures of perceptions that we often overlook despite our familiarity with them through artistic productions. We hope that re: Sense would serve as an opportunity for the visitors to be reminded of sensory moments that we’ve encountered yet forgotten, as in Proust’s famous episode with the madeleine, and reflect on our own selves as perceptual beings.
Hosted by_Coreana Museum of Art
Supported by_Coreana Cosmetics Co., Ltd.