We are thrilled to announce that Shinuk Suh as been selected to be our next Solo Artist in Residence. For three months he will be working in the studio above the gallery space and as part of the Solo Residency exhibition he will present a new body of work in November 2019. We welcome studio visits by appointment, please request.
Congratulations again to all the applicants, the quality was very impressive.
Shinuk Suh, Made in South Korea (Ideological State of Apparatuses), 2019 (detail)
“My work begins with examining the ideology that my family, church, school, and the army (the state apparatus) in South Korea infused into me. I felt a sense of deprivation in feeling the difference between my character and the ideological human image imposed on me. I seemed like a person who had fallen out of society. This ongoing sense of deviation often makes me flee from reality. By analyzing myself voluntarily, I could get a view point from which I can see the situation on a macroscopic level.
Furthermore, I wanted to express the ironies created by the ideology and the time period of those who have been contemporary with me in a visual language as an artist. For me, visual expression is a multidimensional area, and it is an infinite space within which I can express many repressed emotions. I realized that the humourous and exaggerated behaviours expressed in the animated movies that I encountered in my childhood are extremely relatable to adult human behaviour, and so not just cartoon fiction. I have related many of these exaggerated behaviours to my own situation, and then expressed them in my work.
In reality, the cruel and tragic scenes in animation, which in life we wouldn’t find amusing, become a comic factor that induces audience laughter. Comedy in animation has a limited laugh allowed within it. However, if these same dark situations are seen in reality, they turn into a definite tragedy. Why am I accepting the misfortunes of others and finding them comic in animation? And why does the comedy become a tragedy in reality? I have not found the answer. These questions are key points that I am exploring in my practice.”