The 18th FINA World Championships Gwangju - Gwangju Design Biennale 2019 < Visual Delights >
- 2019.07.02 ~ 2019.11.03
- Admission Fee
- Gwangju Museum of Art Main Building Exhibition hall 1,2
- Gwangju Museum of Art
Number of Works
Approximately 100 works
The Gwangju Museum of Art unveils Visual Delights, an art show to mark the 18th FINA World Championships Gwangju 2019 and Gwangju Design Biennale 2019. Our society’s food culture has recently been revealed on mass media through a wide array of activities such as gourmandism, Sikgaek, meokbang, cookbang, and honbap. Our food culture takes up a significant portion of our lives. Thanks to its fertile land, the Honam region of Korea is home to the country’s granary areas and has boasted an advanced food culture since ancient times. A variety of dishes have developed in this area thanks to the influence of nature including mountains, fields, the sea, and mudflats. Gwangju, a place where many different fresh ingredients can be found, has naturally developed into a place where the food of Namdo is aggregated. “Gwangju’s taste” came into being after the so-called “flavor made by a mother’s hand” was added to the mix.
In general, the five representative cuisines of Gwangju are hanjeongsik, bori-bap, ori-tang, tteok-galbi, and kimchi. Seven dishes—rice balls, barely rice, duck soup, fried foods wrapped in lettuce, tteok-galbi, meat griddle pancakes, and hanjeongsik—were chosen to represent Gwangju at the Gwangju Food Contest and the Gwangju G-Food Festival held last May. As can be seen, Gwangju cuisine features abundant and diverse flavors. The area’s hanjeongsik consists of seasonal dishes made with fresh in-season ingredients and includes the heart of the chef who adds “flavors from the hand”, hinting at the inimitable affection of Gwangju.
We expect that the exhibition will make us feel as though our lives are abundant and ample through works featuring food from an artist’s perspective. The taste of food can indicate people’s warmth and affection. In this exhibition you can experience the world of flavors offered on Gwangju’s dining tables.
We cannot forget to mention Yeongheung Restaurant, a bistro which had once served as a salon for artists in Gwangju. The exhibition Visual Delights has reconstructed artistic flavors and tastes from participating artists in an archival manner to reproduce the bistro’s space. Lim Namjin, called the artist of Yeongheung Restaurant, portrays his memories of this humble restaurant.
Every bistro in Gwangju has their own uniqueness and idiosyncrasy, that is, their own flavors, be they ever so humble. These flavors are in sync with those that come from art. Kim Youngtae has captured scenes of these shabby bistros in photographs. This is an artistic flavor that can be tasted only in this region. Having a meal is the minimum needed to sustain life while the meal itself is a symbol of one’s will for life. Each of Lee Jonggu and Lim Oksang’s dining tables are laden with the preciousness of meals, love, and the hearts of those who hope to have an inviting dining table.
The Pleasure of Sensing
Food can be enjoyed with one’s eyes and tasted with one’s mouth. Lee Leenam represents a rice ball, a typical food of Gwangju, and maximizes its symbolism. In his video he displays a meal table with a colossal waterfall form. Haru. K portrays memories and emotions pertaining to places as edited landscape lunchboxes. Kim Jaeyong’s doughnuts that brought happiness to us in rough times have us feel visual desire, comfort, and happiness. Yoon Byungrock’s apples contained in a large box have us buoyed up with Lee Jungki’s apples, Chug Chungsik’s watermelons from Mudeungsan, Hwang Junghoo’s fabricated fruits, and Koo Seongyoun’s colorful candies offer viewers the pleasure of visual tastes.
A Touch of Gwangju
The best dishes in Namdo focus on skate. The representative food in Gwangju hanjeongsik is hongeo samhap, and skate stew is especially delicious. Skate cuisine is primarily served at banquets and used during ancestral rites. Park Munjong’s portrayal of skate dishes is, in a sense, desperate. Yoon Nameung depicts scenes from Gwangju’s conventional markets. Market scenes including wooden boxes for fish, rice soup, and rice puffs are featured in his works on show at the exhibition. Shin Yangho, an artist who deals with upcycle art, breathes life into cutlassfish using her whimsical imagination and ideas that tap into broken, deconstructed shards.
Another distinctive food of Gwangju is gullbi jeongsik. Park Yoah has worked on paintings of dried corvinas for decades. The source of Namdo’s abundance lies in the rice produced in the Honam Plains. Lee Hayoon Jay puts emphasis on happiness, love, and coexistence with her installations using rice, a symbol of prosperity and fecundity.
Kim Young-tae, Lee Jong-gu, Lim Nam-jin, Lim Ok-sang, Yeongheung Restaurant Archives (Kim Byung-taek, Ri Il-cheon, Cho Jeong-tae)
The Pleasure of Sensing
Koo Seong-youn, Kim Jae-yong, Yoon Byung-rock, Lee Lee-nam, Lee Jung-ki, Chug Chung-sik , Haru K, Hwang Jung-hoo
A Touch of Gwangju
Park Mun-jong, Park Yo-ah, Shin Yang-ho, Yoon Nam-eung, Lee Ha-yoon