3 years ago
dillonk
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Jihyun Jung: Space Between Creation and Destruction
Jihyun Jung was born in Seoul, Korea, and received a Bachelors of Fine Arts at the Seoul Institute Of The Arts in photography in 2005. Jung received an additional B.F.A. in the department of photography at Chung-ang University, Gyeonggi-do, Korea Seoul in 2010. He completed his schooling with a Masters of Fine Arts in the department of photography at Chung-ang University in Seoul, Korea in 2012. Jung's series "Space Between Creation and Destruction" brings up interesting theories on urbanization in South Korea and its thriving cities and the destruction of the memories of those who once called these places 'home.' Let's take a look what Jung personally has to say about his work: " Space Between Creation and Destruction: “Topos koinos,” or the shared common space, is in danger of extinction. Cities are only used as indicators of economy or politics, and no longer function as a place of living, which used to be their essence. Blinded by extravagant plans of develop\-ment and a greed for money, people are giving up spaces for their lives, dashing toward the isolating urbanization of func\-tion hidden behind pieces of metal. My work documents the construction and demolition that lie beyond that metal barrier. Expressed in the images are spaces that briefly exist over the course of either creation or destruction, cut off so that we cannot approach, cannot recognize its form. I enter these urbanized and disconnected spaces in an exploration that targets the perspective of looking back at a place we once lived, after the urbanization race for “growth” has come to an end. Construction Site: A construction site is where the act of destroying nature collides with the act of creating a place to live. It does not exist until the apartments are completed and a functional space appears amidst high-speed urbanization. From the interiors of the structures, I was able to find a point that conflicts with the di\-chotomy of construction sites. Then, by interfering with the order of the functional matters and discovering their tranquil side, I tried to express this seemingly rational, objective construction site as a personal and emotional space. These images were taken while exploring the construction sites of large apartment complexes that are now complete and fully functioning as homes in Pangyo New City in Bundang, Cheongra New City in Incheon, and Shinnae Development sites in Seoul. Demolition Site: I sneaked into a building that was scheduled to be torn down, and painted the inner walls red before I photographed them. After the demolition I went in again, looking for traces of that red paint. By documenting the red walls that were broken down into smaller and smaller pieces as the building was de\-stroyed, I chased after the fate of this red room that would, in the end, disappear into the void as an anonymous piece of concrete. The red room was a private space that dissolved when faced with a system of redevelopment. I reveal what kind of space the city we are living in is, and how the city as a place of community is vanishing. It is how I raise questions about the rash thoughtlessness of urbanization. Finding the red room where traces of an individual’s life still reside from within the spectacle of demolition is a work to recover and recognize the city as a place for living. The photographs were taken at the demolition sites of Lu 1 City in Gajeong-dong, Incheon, and Deokcheonmaeul, Anyang. Neither site exists today."
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His idea that "Cities no longer function as a place of living, which used to be their essence," is interesting but might only apply to certain cities. I know that NYC has started a lot of projects to make the city more livable. New parks, closing entire avenues for bikes and picnic tables, etc
3 years ago·Reply
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To be honest, I feel like im missing his point. im having trouble seeing anything but the destruction
3 years ago·Reply
@caricakes Yes, but I wouldn't think of it in the context of an American mindset. Maybe not even a Korean mindset. @happyrock I guess this point goes for you as well. I think we can all just appreciate his point that he is making, whether we personally agree or not. In this case our opinions don't matter, this work is about his personal opinion, we are only asked to understand his viewpoint from his artist statement. I understand that it may be difficult sometimes to put yourself in someone else's shoes, but hey, art is just like anything else. You may like some of it and not understand other parts, I'm the same way
3 years ago·Reply
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@hunahuna I understand his artist statement, and I don't disagree with it, but I don't feel like I'm seeing the elements of it he hopes we see based on what he said. Maybe its just not meant for me to understand.
3 years ago·Reply
@happyrock To each his/her own. Maybe look through some of my other cards, you may find something you really enjoy!
3 years ago·Reply