Jae-eun Choi “Paper Poem”

Misa Shin Gallery

poster for Jae-eun Choi “Paper Poem”

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Jae-eun Choi was born in Seoul in 1953. During a visit to Japan in 1972, she became fascinated by ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, and decided to study under Hiroshi Teshigahara, the 3rd head of the Sogetsu school, learning how the art form transcends merely arranging flowers to embody concepts of space and a certain view of the universe.
Choi has been making artwork addressing questions of the life-cycle and time since the 1980s. The series of works that comprises this exhibition was produced between 2010 to 2016 while Choi was based mostly in Germany. Seeing a number of old books discarded outside her Berlin apartment, she brought them into her studio, where she removed blank pages such as the flyleaves, endpapers and so on, and produced collages from them. This paper manufactured in the late 19th century and 20th century was affected by exposure to light, which bleached its edges over time. The delicate gradations of the overlapping pages that come together inside the “frame” this bleaching creates are like layers of time stacked on top of one another. The compositions, which are reminiscent of constructivist collages, enhance these natural gradations, while also appearing much like the bird’s eye view of a city, with all its buildings lined up alongside one another.
This exhibition also includes a tree sculpture produced in conjunction with the Paper Poem works. Placed around the tree are scrunched up pieces of paper with poems written on them, and viewers are invited to pick those pieces of paper up to read the poems. When they finish reading them, they return them to the floor to be read by the next visitor. With all this touching, the texture of the paper will become softer, and by the time the exhibition closes, the poems will have evolved into different ones.



from October 20, 2017 to December 02, 2017
Closed on Sundays, Mondays and Public Holidays.

Opening Reception on 2017-10-20 from 18:00 to 20:00


Jae-eun Choi



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