The Surface of Landscape
: Feather Camouflage
JUNE 27 - JULY 9, 2018
Gallery Madison Park
Exhibition: JUNE 27 - JULY 9, 2018
When looking at Jeong Jihyun’s works, an immediate feeling of dizziness quickly evolves to a comfortable space that invites to change position. Although tension between artwork and viewer is still trendy and relevant, Jeong forsakes the mere awareness of spectatorship as an objectified process to be observed. Instead, she invites us to diffuse the boundaries between self and otherness by offering a sensorial space in order to inhabit as one entity through perception. The exhibition presents itself as atmospheric scenery of hybrid embodiments and a slow motion feeling that sets up the illusion of constant transformation.
The composition of the images normally reinforces the elusiveness of perception. Composed by hybridising representations of life forms and preconceptions of beauty, ugliness, pleasure and disgust, Jeong’s works become alive entities, making difficult to pin down their nature. With allusions to animal and plant, reality and fantasy, beautiful and grotesque, the work is in permanent movement despite the medium. Through impeccable technique, Jeong plays with sensorial displacement, melting both concepts and representations of body organs, plants and animal references.
Standing on the shaky grounds of uncertainty and imprecision, Jeong‘s work has solid references to the notion of change, permeability, self and otherness. Something that ‘is being’ implies to be positioned in an a-temporal instance, as every occasion one tries to pin it down, it’s gone already. This has implications in the existence of reality. If everything is in permanent change, reality then becomes a mere illusion. They constantly transform into each other and it is not possible to snatch them in order to define them. In the same way Jeong keeps pointing out the flowing nature of perception and physicality. Within the flow, a psychological journey is exposed, plenty of strangeness, trauma, awakening and awareness.
An intimate inner-self endures an everlasting state of revealing and transforming. Prompting consciousness towards the crucial importance of perception as constant change, Jeong’s works position the spectator in a constant state of dislocation leaving the viewer immersed in permanent motion and perpetual state of becoming.
Lucía Gómez-Mejía Du Silence (Philosopher and Artist)