Koh Myung-Keun “A Blending Space”

Tokyo Gallery + BTAP

poster for Koh Myung-Keun “A Blending Space”
[Image: Koh Myung-Keun, "Taipei 10-3 (Ed. 1/3)", 2011, Digital film, 3D-collage, 80 x 42 x 42 cm]

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Koh uses photography, a two-dimensional medium, but transforms it into three dimensional artworks by employing a unique technique: he makes digital prints of his photos onto film, which he then laminates with clear plastic, and constructs into three-dimensional forms using a heat gun. The semi-transparent photographic layers have been constructed as if they were the walls of a building, but not as an attempt to recreate the structure of the subject. What we see is a paradoxical space, where the interior seems to be the exterior itself. Koh has been using this method since the 1980’s, creating series based on three main subjects: nature, architecture, and the figure. This show will exhibit works based on photographs he has taken of cities in Asia. The architecture, with its profound expression of cultural heritage, and the thin, transparent images work together to create an extraordinary space. On the other hand, the series titled “Chamber” proposes a space that maintains a more intimate distance with the human figure. The image creates an illusion of contact between the viewer and subject based on the “viewed/viewer” relationship.

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from November 02, 2017 to December 30, 2017

Opening Reception on 2017-11-02 from 18:00 to 20:00
Venue: Tokyo Gallery + BTAP

Artist(s)

Koh Myung-Keun

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