The Korean Cultural Center Washington, DC proudly presents Interface: A Cross-Genre Exploration, a new group exhibition opening October 5 featuring mixed media works by Korean artists Gene Kim, Seung Yun Shin, and Seungjo Jeong that parse our everyday digital media frontier where communication—between users and systems, objects and images, or memories and mechanics—is increasingly complex.
Showcasing about 20 diverse works that mix media genres and experiment with new forms, Kim, Shin, and Jeong attempt to break down the traditional artistic expression framework. Each confronts challenges of modern life, often stemming from overwhelming technological change: distinguishing between the real and its copies or an image and an actual object, translating one’s memories into digital formats, or simply recognizing the function of specialized devices and their components. These artists try to engage with viewers on these issues by reminding us of easy-to-overlook core principles that remain constant, such as environment, nature, and the individual. At the same time, the ingenuity and diversity of their work demonstrates the infinite possibilities of art and the artists’ passion for connecting art with viewers.
Admission to the opening reception event including talks by the artists on Friday, October 5 at 6:00 p.m. is free and open to the public, but registration is required below. Interface: A Cross-Genre Exploration will remain on view during regular hours through October 31, 2018.
About the Artists
Gene Kim considers the relationship between real objects and created images as a means of communication and in doing so blends various art genres such as sculpture, photography, and media into his work. His Export Series and Mediation discuss the chaos of computer-generated images, animation, and artistic production through digital languages that affect public consciousness, and crosses, simulates, and tests various media. For human visitors, the creation of a virtual world by technology throws into doubt whether this simulated environment is an improvement that enables cultural advancement or an obstacle to the environment.
Gene Kim received his BFA in Fine art from Carnegie Mellon University, MFA in Fine Art from Parsons School of Design, and Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He has participated in numerous exhibitions including at the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, Lower Gallery, CVZ Contemporary and other exhibitions in New York and Philadelphia.
Seung Yun Shin works on integrating her art pieces with various media, especially technology. Her work treats the compatibility of nature and technology as a big concept, expressing scenes that exist in individual memories using imagination and by following the way of free associations based on memories. Her Experimental Translation, presented in this exhibition, expresses movement by connecting mechanical devices to the image of one’s memory from certain moments as obtained through the practice of free association. It displays the difference between the sense of visibility of humankind and the senses it reveals.
Seung Yun Shin, received her BFA and MFA in Sculpture from Hong Ik University in Korea and her MFA in Art & Technology Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the U.S. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in the United States and Korea, including at the Hangaram Art Museum, SeMA Nanji Residency Gallery, and the Noyes Art Cultural Center. She has also been selected for the Seoul Foundation for Art and Culture and as the Seoul Museum of Art’s Young Artist.
Seungjo Jeong is a practicing artist with a background in software engineering. He combines the two worlds by designing paintings as interface where both the intuitiveness of graphical user interface and the poetry of artwork come together. He looks at mundane objects that we encounter every day yet often fail to recognize their unique presences and functions. Jeong distills the essence of an object into a representation that also happens to look like a post-painterly abstract painting. He is interested in the spatial relationship between objects, components of an object, and an object and its users. For example, his locker paintings explore how a locker creates private space within public space as both an individual entity and a collective cluster. Eventually, Jeong hopes his paintings will function as meta-layers to jog the viewers’ own memories of the subject matter by evoking the circumstances of their individual interactions with the object.
Seungjo Jeong received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the US and MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art in the UK. He has participated in numerous exhibitions including at Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Athens Digital Arts Festival at Historic Center of Athens, and John Moores Painting Prize at Walker Art Gallery as part of Liverpool Biennial.
Korean Cultural Center is located at 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW.