Changchang Yoo likens paintings to a board of go, where the 19-by-19 grid of tiles need to be territorialised turn-by-turn. Two players plays as a black or white stone, and despite the relatively simple rules, the game is extremely complex with a vast number of moves and possible formations. The ability to see further into future moves and possible scenarios dictates victory. Yoo puts the brush to the canvas in similar fashion, anticipating subsequent possibilities and placements that will result in its wake. For the artist, tracing and conveying a distinct mood through a painting holds merit over following set rules or premeditated plans. In this solo exhibition, he expressed his hope of presenting works that convey a sense of an inconclusive game in reference to the game of go which has ended with possible, unfulfilled moves left on the grid.Read More
'I want the canvas to capture something gorgeous' mutters Yoo before adding, 'I hope people gaze upon it and find beauty.' The utterance could not be more subjective and emotive. Beauty comes from within, and by its nature, external, social consensus is unattainable. Yet here he is muttering hopes in earnest. His hope might not find every audience or agreeance, yet it strikes a deep chord somewhere in our hearts. The words resonate and remind us of our own inner person.
Text courtesy GALLERY2.