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ICON
Icon originated from the Greek word, eikon, meaning image. Plato distinguished mimesis as genuine imitation and fictional illusion. The former is eikon. From this idea, the concept of the icon as a representation of the original sacred being developed. As the meaning of the icon extends, an icon is also human. Not only as idols, but figures that connote characteristics of a period, era, or culture are called icons. Icons are also pictograms in computer monitors. They are analogical symbols that represent a collection of complex data into simple images. In the same context, metaphors and onomatopoeia are iconic articulations because they encompass multi-layered meanings and senses. The scene that a digital screen transmits is an iconic image. The empty spaces between each combination of pixels conclude as a shape in our minds through illusion or imagination. An iconic image stimulates the overall senses. It sparsely provides simultaneous information and enthusiastically demands the viewer’s emotional participation. Today’s landscape is iconic. The pandemic became our era’s icon, and the faces we meet without contact on the monitor are also icons. The global time that flows simultaneously and the image of Earth viewed through Google Earth are iconic. Awareness integrates with the senses every day. It even seems that time no longer goes by the same way as it did before. A day is reconstructed in social media’s timeline. Momentary news feeds are not listed in order but realigned according to the algorithm that recognizes the user’s preferences and tendencies. After knocking on the door to the 21st century, we started to perceive the world in a slightly different way. What and how does today’s art, which sees reality with one eye and the virtual with the other, record? Let’s take a close look at paintings by young artists based in Seoul. This exhibition calls up six human icons and explores their 34 icons.
Excerpt from "ICON" | Miran Park · Curator, Exhibition Director at Hakgojae Gallery
KIM Eun Jeong
Lesson on Plants

2021

Oil on canvas

130 x 194 cm

KIM Eun Jeong
Great Scarlet

2021

Oil on canvas

130 x 80.3 cm

KIM Eun Jeong
Greenhouse

2021

Oil on paper

130 x 80.3 cm

KIM Eun Jeong
Paper-Snowy Night

2021

Oil on paper

27.5 x 22 cm

KIM Eun Jeong
H

2018

Oil on paper

72.8 x 60.5 cm

KIM Eun Jeong
M

2018

Oil on paper

24 x 19 cm

KIM Eun Jeong
White Leeguyong and Three Fingers

2021

Oil on canvas

116.7 x 72.7 cm

KIM Eun Jeong
Dog and White Bird

2021

Etching, aquatint on paper (Ed. 1/5)

27.5 x 22 cm

KIM Eun Jeong
Snow, Rainy Day

2020

Oil on paper

27.5 x 22 cm

PARK Hyunjung
Image (109)

2021

Acrylic, acrylic gouache on canvas

116.8 x 91 cm

PARK Hyunjung
Image (108)

2021

Acrylic on canvas

116.8 x 91 cm

PARK Hyunjung
Image (106-12)

2021

Acrylic, pen on paper

60 x 55 cm

PARK Hyunjung
Image (106-11)

2021

Acrylic, acrylic gouache, pastel, pen on paper

60 x 55 cm

PARK Hyunjung
Image (106-10)

2021

Acrylic, pastel, pen on paper

60 x 55 cm

PARK Hyunjung
Image (106-9)

2021

Acrylic, pastel, pen on paper

60 x 55 cm

PARK Hyunjung
Image (106-7)

2021

Acrylic, acrylic gouache, pastel, pen on paper

60 x 55 cm

PARK Hyunjung
Image (106-5)

2021

Acrylic, pastel, pen on paper

60 x 55 cm

PARK Hyunjung
Image (106-4)

2021

Acrylic, pen on paper

60 x 55 cm

PARK Hyunjung
Image (106-3)

2021

Acrylic, pastel, pen on paper

60 x 55 cm

PARK Hyunjung
Image (106-2)

2021

Acrylic, pastel, pen on paper

60 x 55 cm

LEE Donh Hyuk
Pungent Chirping_5

2018

Oil on canvas

162.1 x 227.3 cm

LEE Donh Hyuk
The Lazy Tagger_2

2018

Oil on canvas

112.1 x 145.5 cm

LEE Donh Hyuk
Filled Navel

2021

Oil on canvas

72.7 x 50 cm

LEE Donh Hyuk
Filled Navel

2021

Oil on canvas

72.7 x 50 cm

LEE Jung Ho
One Rainy Day

2018

Oil, acrylic on linen

129.5 x 162.5 cm

LEE Jung Ho
Untitled I (P)

2019

Oil, acrylic on paper

56 x 76 cm

LEE Jung Ho
Untitled II (P)

2019

Oil, acrylic on paper

56 x 76 cm

LEE Jung Ho
Untitled III (P)

2019

Oil, acrylic on paper

76 x 56 cm

IM Sun Goo
The Mountain Drops Boulders to Collapse

2021

Mixed media on paper

280 x 146 cm

IM Sun Goo
The Mountain Drops Boulders to Collapse

2021

Mixed media on paper

280 x 146 cm

IM Sun Goo
The Mountain Drops Boulders to Collapse

2021

Mixed media on paper

290 x 146 cm

IM Sun Goo
Untitled

2021

Mixed media on paper

31 x 46 cm

IM Sun Goo
Land Without a Trace

2021

Graphite, mixed media on paper

48 x 42 cm

IM Sun Goo
Mini Babel

2021

Graphite on paper

44.5 x 39 cm

IM Sun Goo
Field of View that has Grown Later

2021

Graphite on paper

47.4 x 39.4 cm

JI Keun Wook
Actual Dynamics 2420

2020

Colored pencil on canvas

165 x 260 cm

JI Keun Wook
Diagonal Flow 005

2020

Colored pencil on canvas

110 x 110 cm

JI Keun Wook
Curving Paths 016

2020

Colored pencil on canvas

110 x 110 cm

JI Keun Wook
Curving Paths 037

2021

Colored pencil on canvas

90 x 90 cm

JI Keun Wook
Curving Paths 038

2021

Colored pencil on canvas

90 x 90 cm

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