KWANGYUP CHEON: OMNI BLUE n RED
- 09 June - 10 July 2022
KwangYup Cheon explores the essence of paintings under physical conditions such as planes, paints, and supports, using the most basic elements of "circle." The wave and variations of the circles, which is the main theme of the work, are presented by attaching punched circles or the punched frame onto the canvas and painting other circles on top of them. By sandpapering the finely convex circles or creating colorful optical illusions, he constructs a "stratum of painting" with numerous layers.
Cheon tries to express "omni," which means "every" and "all" with the simplest circles, everything that is simple but not simple, paradoxically revealing the intention of expressing "nothing."
Displayed along with the paintings are objects implying the artist's working process. The pigment powder peeled off during the sandpapering was slowly sunk and accumulated in water, making it look like a geological structure. The uniqueness of paintings, that is, the planarity, is ironically presented in three-dimensions. Existing as visual deposits from time and space, they decode the artist's painting alchemy.