Jul 4 – 26, 2014
Jul 4, 2014 (Fri), 4pm
115-72 Wollim-ri Hallim-eup
Jeju Si, Jeju-Do (695-931 Korea)
Hours: 10:30am – 6:00pm
Baik Art is proud to present Hands Across the Water, opening July 4, 2014, with an opening reception at 4:00pm, at Gallery Nori on Jeju Island. The exhibition is sponsored by the Baik Art Residency program, which provides the opportunity for a group of artists to discover the nuanced variations of the contemporary” across a global art world. It is the aim of the Baik Art Residency Program to support artists with resources to expand their practice, and to expose them to international networks to forge common paths for creative collaboration and artistic production.
In fall of 2013, Baik Art hosted a two-week residency on Jeju Island with artists Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Kow Leong Kiang, Heri Dono, Choi Tae Hoon, and Han Yong Jin. Hands Across the Water showcases the dialogue that occurred between these artists and the individual impressions that struck them of Seoul and Jeju Island. Professor Choi Tae Man of Kookmin University has commented that this trip was significant for the common histories that emerged while uncovering a place together. As Asian artists traveling to Jeju Island, Seoul and the DMZ, each undoubtedly left with a personal reflection of culture, communication, and colonial history. It is from this experience that Hands Across the Water finds its basis.
For this exhibition, Ahmad Zakii Anwar (aka. Zakii), has prepared 6 panoramic black and white charcoal drawings, of the Haenyo women of Jeju Island. These women appear in cinematic compositions as heroines of a 1950s sci-fi movie. Zakii captures the fish in great detail, ruminating on his taste of Korean cuisine. His meticulous drawings enliven and eulogize these powerful women, recalling the great tradition of matrilineal legacies and legends of the island.
Zakii is is a prominent Malaysian artist with a strong command of several artistic mediums and modes of figurative representation. A graduate of the School of Art and Design, MARA Institute of Technology Malaysia, Anwar began his career in advertising as a graphic artist. He is renowned for his photo-realistic, largescale charcoal drawings of male nudes, solidly constructed and oriented toward a palpable solipsism that lies just below the articulated musculature of his figures. His work has been exhibited internationally in New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Manila. Zakii currently lives and works in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Kow Leong Kiang is a young artist from Malaysia, who graduated from Kuala Lumpur College of the Arts in 1991. He received the ASEAN Art Award from Philip Morris in 1998. While sharing the psychological mood of Zakii’s portraits, Kiang’s portraits also capture a softness and warmth. Kiang’s blurred outlines lend the figures in his paintings an elevated poetic quality. He has resurrected a faith in painting even in an era when the “death of painting” is looming large. He is based in Selangor, Malaysia with a studio in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Kiang will debut 5 new paintings of contemporary Seoul women. He accentuates the extraordinary banality of these women, caught in poses that remind us of scenes near bus stops, on subways, and along the city streets. Even while these figures appear in a void, their specific localities are still utterly prevalent. Kiang’s subtle eye for detail and his deft strokes situate these women in Seoul, preserving the palpable memory of their original setting.
Choi Tae Hoon will present a series of sculptures created with the aid of an invented pressurizing machine. With the force of gravity, Choi Tae Hoon has symbolically compressed time and history, to render everyday objects like rice bowls, spoons, and teapots into flattened souvenirs, from conversations shared till dawn and ruminations among friends.
Choi is a sculptor from Seoul, South Korea. He received his MFA from Kyung-Hee University. His life-size metal works are intricately incised and laboriously crafted to render its conventionally rigid form malleable and organic. His Dual Skin Project is perhaps most emblematic of the artist’s innovative approach to his medium. Choi is renowned for his plasma torching technique, which is a steel cutting technique that is deployed with the use of compressed air, which creates tiny holes in the steel plate. The artist’s work has been exhibited throughout South Korea, and has even traveled to Paris, France. He currently lives and works in Seoul.
Heri Dono is a reputable Indonesian artist who has exhibited and traveled worldwide. He is renowned for his installation-based experiments that explore popular forms of Javanese Folk Theatre – the waywang kulit, a form of traditional Indonesian puppet theatre. He deploys this medium to satirize political and social issues of contemporary Indonesian society. He is the recipient of the Academic Art Awards (presented by the Yogyakarta and Jogja Gallery), the Second Annual Enku Grand Awards (presented by Gifu Prefectural Government, Japan), the UNESCO Prize for the International Art Biennial (Shanghai, China), and the Prince Claus Award, in Recognition of Exceptional Initiatives and Activities in the Field of Art and Development (The Netherlands).
Han Yong Jin is a seminal figure in the world of Korean contemporary sculpture. He has been a leader in bringing Korea's tradition of direct stone carving out of figuration into a refined abstraction following the Korean War (1950-53). Yong Jin Han is committed to distilling the truth in his use of materials, seeking an authentic engagement with stone as a substance that is both ancient and alive. His works are included in museums and private collections worldwide. Major commissions have been endowed by the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, the city of Redding, California, and the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seoul. He currently lives and works in New York.
For this exhibition, Han Yong Jin has prepared a series of sculptures carved from lava stones native to the island. In a recent interview, the artist elaborated on the significance of his medium: “Humans have coexisted with stones since the beginning of the universe and the start of history. From a young age, I have been listening for the sound of the universe in the stone, and I have yet to hear it.” Drawing inspirations from the spirit and tradition of Jeju Island, Han considered rituals such as the yearly Tamra Cultural Festival and the prominent legacy of shamanism while carving these pieces.
• Ahmad Zakii Anwar's CV – 49kB PDF, requires Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader 5.0 to open
• Kow Leong Kiang's CV – 53kB PDF, requires Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader 5.0 to open
• Heri Dono's CV – 42kB PDF, requires Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader 5.0 to open
• Choi Tae Hoon's CV – 55kB PDF, requires Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader 5.0 to open
• Han Yong Jin's CV – 40kB PDF, requires Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader 5.0 to open