When Play Becomes Art
- 2020.02.28 ~ 2020.07.26
- Admission Fee
- 1,2 gallery Gwangju Museum of Art
- Gwangju Museum of Art
Number of Works
This exhibition is designed to approach the extension of an aesthetic territory through playful consolation and unlimited imagination triggered by art and play on the border between the two
This exhibition is designed to approach the extension of an aesthetic territory through playful consolation and unlimited imagination triggered by art and play on the border between the two. It consists of sections subtitled Imagined Ideas, Discovery of Play, and Moving Art.
The first section titled Imagined Ideas mainly features works inspired by unlimited imagination. Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) states in Funes the Memorious (1944) that “our imagination comes into being from memory and oblivion.” Everyone has at some point wandered and dreamed in the sea of imagination that was shaped in the process of overlapping one’s own memory and oblivion as a child. The artists involved in this section have incarnated their fairytale-like fantasies through artworks, breaking away from the preexisting frame in terms of subject and expression.
The second section titled Discovery of Play features artworks that express a variety of play methods through modeling variations using things that are easily found in our surroundings but which we often pass by with indifference. These works cross the boundaries between the everyday and art as well as play and art. Play in the sphere of everyday life is newly represented as an artwork in the domain of art through boundless imagination. The process of making such an artwork is essentially a form of play and a completed artwork turns into another play space.
The art of our times tends to display the process of creating indeterminate artworks as works instead of showcasing any consequential results. The third section titled Moving Art consists primarily of interactive works that involve viewers in the process of completing artworks. Thus, an artwork can be seen as completed when viewers take part in it. This section asks viewers to carry out their active, playful actions as a viewer’s positive practice can also turn into art. The art museum becomes a playground while the viewer becomes the artist through such an artwork.
This exhibition is expected to serve as an opportunity for viewers to break away from the perception that art is difficult to understand while turning the museum into a type of playground. It is hoped that viewers will have fun and feel a sense of delight at the museum.
Choi soon im, Choi moon seok, Ji yong ho, Lim hyun chae, Kim taik gi, Seong tae jin, Roe dong sik, Suh hai young, Kim gae hyun, Jin young sup, Jin si yon, Son mong joo, Kim chang kyum, Cho se min, Lee jo heum, Oh chang geun, Joo hong