This year, Open Recent Graphic Design is hosting Peony and Crab: Shim Woo Yoon Solo Exhibition. The exhibition highlights graphic designer Shim Woo Yoon who has been active in Korea, USA and Japan, and also invites designers Kim Dongshin, Kim May, Kim Jinhee, Kim Fhuiae, Mat-kkal, Park Eerang, Park Jihyun, Son Ayong, Yang Meanyoung, Yang Ji Eun, WORKS, Lee Jungmyung, Lee Jungeun, Choi Subin, PAPER PRESS, Hahm Jieun, and novelist Chung Serang.
Graphic design is a process that occurs and is completed on the basis of relationships. Within the network of graphic design, there are many entities such as clients and colleagues, production engineers, consumers and users, and designers that lead the process of discovering and coordinating each participant's desires and producing the final product. At first glance, it may seem difficult to draw a single outcome in a situation where many people are entangled, but since each entity's relationship with one another is relatively clear, each entity adequately holds each other in check to move toward a deadline. In this sense, how unstable is the relationship from person-to-person, one-on-one, whose understandings are not necessarily met? There are so many factors that could influence the flow of relationships, such as the chemistry or the mood between two people and the weather and traffic conditions of the day. It is almost impossible for a third party to notice what will happen between two people in the next moment. From love and friendship to indifference that is even close to hatred, the number of cases that can arise between two intimate people varies.
The reason why we chose Shim Woo Yoon as a cross-section examining the most recent graphic design works and proposed these seventeen designers to create a relationship with Shim Woo Yoon is because we were curious what unpredictable relationships would form in the exhibition space. Each designer has read an essay by Shim and proposed a new story and details. Each participant has created posters, books, record covers, fonts, lettering, information graphics, 3D motion graphics, clothes, objects, websites, graphic identities, texts, and images based on their own attitude and method. Although one might think that it is a lot of work for a designer to do, today's graphic designer performs all these tasks at the same time without complaining. On the other hand, Shim Woo Yoon, who literally has crossed the boundary in many ways, generously allowed us to add on and reprocess and coped well with the unexpected situations that arose during the exhibition period. We would like to thank Chung Serang, who introduced this special designer to us.
Kim Dong Shin (ORGD Curator)
Press release courtesy One And J.+1.