Tying by Yongju Kwon
DOOSAN Gallery New York is pleased to announce Yongju Kwon’s solo exhibition “Tying,” from September 7th through October 5th, 2017.
Yongju Kwon has been contemplating and studying the idea of survival through observing the moving routes of discarded objects as well as looking at the lives of blue-collar workers. In 2013, Kwon participated in an art project hosted by Jim Thompson, a textile mill in Thailand, and was able to research the cross cultural similarities among individuals working within specialized industries. In addition, by using his side job (one in which he needs in order to maintain his livelihood) as the content for his artistic practice, Kwon questions the value of the labor of an artist. Through this exhibition, the artist continues his exploration of revealing the various layers within the sentiments behind labor.
This exhibition centers around Kwon’s magnum opus Tying (2014-2016) and will also comprise of Multi-Use Wall (2014), as well as his new piece As Boring As Possible (2017). Tying consists of a video component along with a woven silk piece and a dyed thread installation. The 28-minute video footage includes the interview audio of the artist’s mother, who had worked at a Korean textile factory for over thirty years, and a factory worker from Jim Thompson. Differing from the 2014 version where the work was shown in three channels, the artist takes the content from both interviews along with the repetitive movement of the factory's machines and interchanges them within a single channel frame.