SUNDAY ELEVEN, the first exhibition of Space Willing and Dealling in 2021, and Seonggyu Maeng's first solo exhibition, will be held from 7 to 30 April. Maeng was born as a son of pastor and grew up in a religious environment. In this exhibition, he reveals his critical perspective regarding Korean Christian culture as a contemporary artist.
The title SUNDAY ELEVEN is drawn from main worship time of church, Sunday 11am; but giving heterogeneous nuance alludes to the dissolution of religious symbols. Red neon sign at the entrance and red carpet on the floor of the exhibition space are first experienced by the audience without religious signification. The text work
Maeng's work reveals capitalistic desires of Korean Churches which rapidly grew with the development of Korean economy. Any kind of capitalistic methods could be appropriated to create religious symbols of churches for the aim of growth of the church; The churches are fascinated with the development ideology of Korean society. Maeng analyses the way that the religious groups conveniently symbolises signifier as the 'ideology of efficiency' of capitalism, he's work interferes and distracts the symbolising process to deconstruct religious or ideological signs. This exhibition will suggest the audience that a signifier could be unfixed from arbitrary symbol, and be interpreted or transformed with other meanings by the individual.
Seonggyu Maeng graduated from Visual Design of Art College and Graduate school of Painting in Seoul National University. He participated in group exhibitions at SeMA Bunker (Seoul), CUHK (Hong Kong), and Wooseok Gallery (Seoul), etc.
Press release courtesy Space Willing N Dealing.