Kukje Galleryis pleased to present AhnKyuchul’s solo exhibition Words Just for You from Feb 21 to Mar 31, 2017. The artist’s practice of using everyday objects and language as hisprimary mediumsallowsthe audience to encounter his work thatframes both theirrationalities and paradoxes of the universe—finally opening up a space to contemplate them.AlthoughAhnis well known as anaccomplished conceptual artist,this exhibition pushesbeyond his familiar idioms,refusing to be confined under a single title or organizing principle. Words Just for Youunveils the full complexity ofAhn’sdiverse milieu by juxtaposing worksfrom different interests of his.
Throughout the showthe artistendows objects with new meaning through minimum alteration, intervention, and transposition—allowing the original form of the objectsto bepreserved.The exhibited works may seem rooted in his “object sculpture” in the early 90s. However, unlikethe everyday objectsthat frequently appeared in his early works,his new work presented in this exhibitionis inspired byprimary forms such as circles, spheres, and lines. For example, round-shapedWords Just for You (2017) offersnot only a blackhole-likeenvironmentthat engulfs the audience’s wordsbut also a spacewhere the audience mayfindcomfort. Another installation Lingering Time I (2017) consists of a gently sloped wooden track, designed forwoodenballs to roll. The work suggests that we should bravely follow our own path, like the balls that try to reach the bottom of the track, regardless of its destined route and velocity.At the same time, it can be construed as a metaphor fora life,in that it frames many twists and turns that govern life, poetically illustrating the movement of the rolling balls lingering in time that, if dropped, would take less than a second in free-fall.
In addition to his largeinstallations, the exhibition featuresa selection ofnew oil paintings. While Ahn iswell-known for his drawings, whichare used for designing and planning his work, he has produced several new oil paintings for this exhibition includingThe Way to Draw the Moon II (2017). In this work, which consists of twelve pieces, the artist explores his interest in acceptingthe destined failure yetmaintains his optimism and continuouspursuit of realistic representation—reveling inthe blurred boundary between the actual light and the painted light.Ahnhas alsocreatedsmall models of hislarge-scale installations reduced to a scale of one-fortieth of the original size such as 1,000 Scribes (2017). This interest in depicting an idea using numerous scales and materials can also be seen in the artist’s drawings and their relationship to his installation—an ongoing inquiry where Ahncontinually adds layers to his investigation on the relation between concept and representation.
Born in Seoul, Korea in 1955, AhnKyuchul received his BFA in Sculpture from Seoul National University andworked as a journalist for Art Quarterlyuntil 1987.He then moved to Germany andstudied atStaatliche Akademie der BildendeKünste Stuttgart until 1995.Since 1997, he has taughtat the School of Visual Arts, Korea National University of Arts.Major solo exhibitions of hisinclude Invisible Land of Love (2015) at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, All and but Nothing (2014) at HITE Collection,Seoul, and Forty-Nine Rooms (2004) at Rodin Gallery, Seoul. Ahn has participated in multiple domestic and international group exhibitions including the 9th Gwangju Biennale (2012) and Parallel Life (2005) at Frankfurter Kunstverein. As a writer, he has also published several booksincluding Nine Goldfishes and Water in the Distance (2013), The Man’s Suitcase (2001), and Museum without Painting (1996).Ahn’s works are included in thecollections of major institutions including the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea; Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art; Amore Pacific Museum of Art; and Wooyang Museum of Contemporary Art (formerly Art Sonje Museum).