PKM Gallery proudly presents Field, Bird, Dog and Talent, a solo exhibition by Hyunjin Bek (b. 1972) from January 27 to February 27. The exhibition displays 25 new paintings and drawings. Along with the exhibition, an impromptu sound performance titled Face the Wall, 2016 will be presented by the artist daily during the exhibition period.
Bek, who experiments with various genres of the arts including fine art, music, film and literature, has garnered attention for bringing forth paintings and drawings that reveal his artistic sensitivity and ability to use multi layers of visual languages. To Bek, painting is one of the ways he actualizes his steadfast aesthetic views and interests. Avoiding any use of specific narratives or schematic compositions, he composes the canvases with spontaneous riddling figures, brushstrokes and brilliant colors. His intuition-driven drawings of the fleeting moment portray the mysterious tension between artistic performance and the ultimate futility of its meaning.
The title of the exhibition Field, Bird, Dog and Talent, which sounds like a segmented verse of a poem, reflects Bek’s aesthetic goalof ‘Doing for Nothing.’ The ideal of nothing pursued by the artist does not imply absence of meaning or non-existence; rather, it actually indicates something beyond that.Like a dog running across a field or birds flying across the sky, it notes the paradoxical state of common entities which may seem like ‘nothing’ as there is nothing remarkable or notable about them, but at the same time, their existence is absolute. For Bek, talent is found in the endless repetition and labor for his aesthetic achievements and pursuits which is metaphorically signified by the ‘field, bird and dog’.
Bek has held solo and group exhibitions in Seoul, England, Germany and Italy. His artworks have been shown in major art institutions including National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea; PLATEAU, Seoul; Art Sonje Center, Seoul; Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul; Doosan Gallery, Seoul; Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai; and Michael Horbach Foundation, Koln. He is also well-known as the vocalist of a legendary indie band, Uhuhboo Project, and has recently formed a duo under the name Bangbek with music director Bang Jun-seok.
Press release courtesy PKM Gallery.