Exhibition Dates: Oct 08, 2019 - Mar 10, 2020
Exhibition Venue: Buk-Seoul Museum of Art (서울시립 북서울미술관)
Suki Seokyeong Kang is the subject of a solo exhibition titled Square, See, Triangle at the Children’s Gallery in the Buk-Seoul Museum of Art (hereafter Buk-SeMA) through March 10, 2020. Square, See, Triangle is the thirteenth edition of the museum’s Children’s Exhibition series. This exhibition encourages viewers to reflect on their existing thoughts and ideas within the prototypical square frame of art, and ultimately create a triangular dialogue amongst the viewer, the art, and others. Known for her works that explore and reinterpret various traditional forms and methodologies from Korean culture, Kang invites the viewer to reflect on the role of tradition today and create one’s unique story by viewing and interacting with the works on view in this show.
The installation in Children’s Gallery 1 revolves around the Poseokjeong, a stone water channel typically nestled in traditional Korean pavilions where aristocrats would gather to socialize and hold poetry recitals. A venue of refined taste and for leisure, the audience can walk along the undulating path that simulates the Poseokjeong and view Kang’s representative sculptural installations including Jeong, Mat, and Heavy Rounds. All works on view consist of basic geometric shapes such as the triangle, square, and circle, inviting the audience to consider these fundamental forms throughout the exhibition. The show then segues into Children’s Gallery 2, which introduces a video work titled Black Mat Oriole_movement and provides an interactive space in which viewers can comprehend and imitate the activator’s movements from the video. These movements can also be visually reinterpreted on the desks that are also placed in Children’s Gallery 2—the audience can draw their variations of activation by referring to the drawings that record the activator’s movements in the video. Baek Ji-sook, director of the SeMA, has anticipated for “the audience to create their own stories while slowly walking along the exhibition landscape with Kang’s works that have been stacked, wrapped, and woven.” In addition, two new catalogs, each taking the form of a workbook and a children’s storybook, have been co-published with Rasun Press in order to help children understand this exhibition and works within.
어린이갤러리 1은 풍류와 쉼의 공간인 ‘포석정’을 콘셉트로 꾸며진 공간으로, 강서경의 설치 연작 <정>, <자리>, <둥근 무게>등의 작품들이 구불구불한 길을 따라 전시되어 있다. 관람객은 길을 따라 걸으며 삼각형, 사각형, 원과 같은 기본 도형을 작품 속에서 발견하게 된다. 이어지는 갤러리 2에서는 영상 작업 <검은자리 꾀꼬리_움직임>을 보며 안무가의 움직임을 이해하고 따라해 볼 수 있는 체험 공간이 마련되어 있다. 영상 작업 속 움직임을 기록한 그림을 본 관람객은 준비된 책상에서 자신의 움직임 또한 그려볼 수 있다. 백지숙 서울시립미술관 관장은 이번 전시를 통해 “작가가 작품을 쌓고 감고 엮어 펼쳐 보이는 전시장 풍경 속에서 천천히 느린 발걸음으로 산책하며 나만의 이야기를 만들어 보기를 바란다”고 밝혔다. 한편 이번 전시에서는 전시와 작품에 대한 어린이의 이해를 돕는 워크북과 동화책 형식의 도록(공동출판 나선프레스)도 함께 공개된다.
[Source from the SeMA, Buk-Seoul Museum of Art press release]