Jeong-ju Jeong

Façade

Jeong-ju Jeong

Jeong-ju Jeong has spent most of his career creating works that explore the structure of contemporary buildings in compelling ways. Through the designs of contemporary architects such as Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, the conventional hexahedral structures of buildings have become diversified in an attempt to maximize spatial functionality, interior lighting (through light inducement and reflection), and the organic relationship between interior and exterior spaces. Today, every city is covered by the façades of such buildings, which serve as both ornamental surfaces and functional membranes, while also operating as visual symbols. Of course, we cannot help but recollect the historical, political, social, economic, and cultural memories imbued in these concrete cubes, where so many of the most important events in contemporary history have taken place.

In earlier works, Jeong constructed miniature buildings, which he then filmed with a small camera that moved through the structure on a rail. Like a cinema special effect, the resulting videos seem to have been shot inside huge, life-size buildings. Over the past few years, Jeong has begun introducing variations in the reflection and projection of light on the walls of his buildings, emulating the effect of the sun constantly moving along the ecliptic. Creating dramatic narratives through shadows cast by exaggerated light sources, the installations of the buildings emphasize darkness and night. The videos, on the other hand, represent daytime with a bright and optimistic array of light and color. With an abstract composition accentuated through numerous light sources and artificial editing, this temporality of light gives Jeong’s recent works a fantastic and subjective ambience, as seen in Haedeun Museum Lobby (2019).

Jeong’s abstract combination of architectural space and projected light recently entered a completely new stage with Façade2019, which juxtaposes various quadrilateral components and color planes of the same size, simultaneously evoking the minimalism of Donald Judd and the architectural modules of Le Corbusier. Connected side-by-side, the different cubic structures and color planes yield the sensation of a city street with multifarious façades. The artist previously achieved a similar effect in Tower (2017), in which miniature house modules were vertically stacked. The architectural context continues to become simpler and more abstract in the 2020 works, Horizontal Façade and Persfektive.

In some instances, Jeong has used the relationship between architectural space and projected light to evoke the historical memories of iconic buildings, such as Sangmugwan during the Gwangju Democratization Movement. At the same time, however, he continues to experiment with variations in the core elements of the interrelationship between space, plane, and light. Of particular interest is the way in which the “complex viewpoints” that are shown in detail in Jeong’s miniature buildings have lately become embedded, allowing his interest in “frontality” to take precedence. Through his complex compositions, the view from inside to outside is expressed as overlapping planes, all of which face the front, recalling cubism. Hence, for Jeong-ju Jeong, façade is indeed becoming a venue for new spatial-temporal combinations and entertainments.

Artistic Director Jinsang Yoo
Jeong-ju Jeong
b.1970
Solo Exhibitions
2020

Illumination, Kunstverein Haus der Kunst Enniger, Muenster

2019

Invisible Light, Gallery Chosun, Seoul

Radiance, Artkoco, Luxembourg

2017

Scenery That Occurs, Gallery Chosun, Seoul

2015

Invisible Light, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Gimpo

2014

Scotoma, Gallery Chosun, Seoul

2012

Strange Visit, Gallery Chosun, Seoul

2010

Illusion, Kim Chong Yung Museum, Seoul

City of Gaze, Gallery Chosun, Seoul

2008

City of Gaze, Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai

2007

InsideOut, Alternative Space Pool, Seoul

City of Gaze, Plus Gallery, Nagoya

2005

Strange Visit, Project Space Zip, Seoul

Bodyscape, Shinsegae Gallery, Gwangju

2003

Inner Brain, Gallery Brain Factory, Seoul

Schauhaus, Gallery Sagan, Seoul

2002

Turnhalle, Kunstraum Brussels, Brussels

2000

Schauhaus, Mehrwet e.v., Aachen

Selected Group Exhibitions
2020

To Reach a Star, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju

White Night Dark Day, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art

2019

Time Reality, Coreana Museum of Art, Seoul

Circulation Metaphor, Korea Culture Center UK, London

Light on the Move, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju

Phantom City, Sehwa Museum of Art, Seoul

The Third Image, Kim Chong Yung Museum, Seoul

Sky, Earth, Human, Haeden Museum of Art, Incheon

2018

Millennial Heaven Millennial Earth, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju

Phase of Light, White Block Art Center, Paju
Post88, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul
2017

Between Dreams and Truth, Gwangju Museum of Art-G&J Gallery, Seoul

Vision & Perspective, Busan Museum of Art, Busan
Dream on the Ground, SUENO339, Seoul
International Contemporary Art Project Ulsan, Taehwa Seowon, Ulsan
2016

The Future is Now, La Friche Belle de Mai, Marseille

The Discovery of Space, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan
Acts Festival, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju
Visible Air, Kyung Hee University Museum of Art, Seoul
2015

Sculptor Kim Chong Yung And His Era, Kim Chong Yung Museum, Seoul / Gyongnam Art Museum, Changwon

Transparent Passage, Nook Gallery, Seoul

New Media Art: Across Voices, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Gimpo

2014

Ode to Youth, Hongik Museum of Art, Seoul

Confessions of a Mask, Museum of Art Seoul National University, Seoul

2013

The Future is Now, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Gwacheon

Media Theater, Gallery Jungmiso, Seoul

2012

Media City Seoul-Spell on the City, Sangam DMC, Seoul

Metaphorical Space, Hanbit Media Gallery, Seoul

2011

Media Season in Heyri, Art Space with Artist, Paju

The Sociological Imagination of the City, Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, Seoul
2010

A Dialogue Between Art and Design, Hongik Museum of Art, Seoul

Yellow Gate, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju

Beyond Surface Culture, Space Can, Seoul

Digital Landscape, Creative Center of Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon

2009

Between the Border, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju

Cheongju International Craft Biennale: Dissolving Views, Cheongju
2008

Meme Trackers, Songzuang Museum, Beijing

Architectural Ceramics-OLD, Clayarch Gimhae Museum, Gimhae

2007

Thermocline of Art-New Asian Waves, ZKM, Karlsruhe

Propose7, Kumho Art Museum, Seoul

City Net Asia, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

2006

Artspectrum, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul

TranSpace, Kim Chong Yung Museum, Seoul
Urban Legend: Blurring Spaces, Ssamzie Space, Seoul
2005

Electro Scape, Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai

Against Translation, Total Art Museum, Seoul

Young Artist, Busan Museum of Modern Art, Busan

Portfolio, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

New Scape, Total Art Museum, Seoul

2004

New Face, Dukwon Gallery, Seoul

Ssamzie Open Studio, Ssamzie Studio, Seoul

Media Art Exhibition: Clash and Flow, Seodaemun Prison History Museum, Seoul

2003 Pleasure Factory, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
Prism of Dimension, Gallery Sagan, Seoul
2002 Bergische Kunstausstellung, Museum Baden, Solingen
2001 Jungerwesten, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Recklinghausen
Awards
2010

Artist of Today, Kim Chong Yung Museum

2004

New Face, Dukwon Gallery, Seoul

2002

Bergische Kunstausstellung, Museum Baden

2001

Jungerwesten, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen

Residencies
2009

Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, Seoul

2006

MMCA Residency Goyang, Goyang

2003

Ssamzie Studio, Seoul

Collections

ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

MMCA Art Bank

Seoul Museum of Art

Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art

Gwangju Museum of Art

Daegu Art Museum