Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Land Sand Strand by Suki Seokyeong Kang at Bluecoat as part of Liverpool Biennial

'Conceived as a visual translation of the Korean musical notation ‘Jeongganbo’, Land Sand Strand is a new multi-part installation by Suki Seokyeong Kang. The work transforms the exhibition space into a grid. 















Building on the concept of the hwamunseok – a traditional Korean woven mat, interpreted as the minimum space provided for each individual in society – it is activated by performers and the audience. 


The choreography, inspired by the Spring Oriole Dance and traditionally performed on the hwamunseok, is shared with visitors. 














The movements on the mat serve as the blueprint for the wider installation consisting of painting, sculpture and video.'


I found Suki Seokyeong Kang's installation at Bluecoat a visual delight. 


I took pleasure from the formal qualities in the work; the subtle use of colours and the combination of traditional Korean materials along with painting, sculpture and video. 


I appreciated the way that the video transformed my understanding of the work presented in the gallery space; static elements are activated through movement and sound.


'Suki Seokyeong Kang (b. 1977, Seoul, South Korea) lives and works in Seoul. Kang deploys various media including installation and video to seek a synesthetic expansion of painting. 





Through movement and rhythm, she creates an environment that guides the direction of her painting, which she uses like a visual musical score. 




Her practice is situated between the abstract and figurative, the organic and geometric, creating a visual language of balance and harmony.'


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