In a world of digital civilization defined by the Internet and social media culture, how must contemporary artists address contemporary aesthetics and create their unique artistic languages? Though it may sound different from questions raised by artists of the analogue generation, this question is fundamentally similar to artists’ concerns in the past. We live in the so-called digital civilization, yet we cannot help but admit that the contemporary world is still in a transition phase between the analogue era and the digital era, considering that the shift towards the latter took place merely two decades ago. Human thinking and sensibility may quickly grow used to the remarkable technological developments that continue to advance every day; however, there is bound to be psychological resistance to new changes.
In this context, AV Modern & Contemporary presents the work of 9 artists standing between tradition and modernity among them: CHA Seungean, JUNG Hai Yun, KIM Hyung Dae, KIM Jong-Ku, LEE Jaesam, PARK HeeSeop, SHIN Meekyoung, YOO Geun-Taek & YOUN Myeung-Ro.
AV Modern & Contemporary is delighted to present his new contemporary exhibition titled Korean’s Spirit putting forth works of Korean contemporary artists.
Contemporary Korean art is closely linked to the country’s history, geography and politics. It was only with the arrival of democracy in 1987 that Korea was freed from dictatorial regimes. Within a few decades, it went from an autarky to a technological economy. With the spread of globalization and the advent of the digital era, its art milieu was turned upside down. However, in the mid-1990s, a group of artists launched a new artistic dynamic independent of the dominant contemporary Western culture.
The work of the nine artists presented - CHA Seungean, JUNG Hai Yun, KIM Hyung Dae, KIM Jong-Ku, LEE Jaesam, PARK HeeSeop, SHIN Meekyoung, YOO Geun-Taek, YOUN Myeung-Ro at AV Modern & Contemporary stands between tradition and modernity. Now aged between 40 and 80, these artists each create art forms that are “analogous” to those created manually in a world where digital civilization is dominated by the internet and social media.
These artists aimed to secure their identities as artists by creating and intensifying their unique artistic languages while maximizing the characteristics of painting and sculpture.