MinJeong Guem

Hues of the Wind

MinJeong Guem

MinJeong Guem is a media artist who works with videos, but also explores three-dimensional space through architectural installations. To meticulously represent the space or structure of a building with a distinct history, she uses “one frame” videos that almost resemble photographs. These videos are projected onto or surrounded by large wooden or steel frames to create installations that viewers perceive as an independent whole. Because of the gaps and openings (i.e., doors and windows) in the frame structure, Guem’s works create the illusion of peeking into an existing space, a sense that plays an essential role in her art.

The title of the exhibition—Hues of the Wind—invokes the subtle movements within the screen that eventually permeate MinJeong Guem’s works. In many cases, a screen with a fixed image is accompanied by a video of a distant view, such as a landscape seen through the window, the reflections of passing clouds, or the serene sway of bamboo leaves. The movements in these videos are so slow or intermittent that they can easily go unnoticed, such that some viewers may not even realize that they are looking at a video. Barely pushing the clouds or branches, the mild wind does not blow in from somewhere far-off, but gently wafts within the landscape before scattering. The expression “hues of the wind” encompasses everything that Guem wishes to convey through her works: softness, static spatiality, the speed of movement, and the balance of shadow and light.

Featured in this exhibition is Guem’s series Painter’s House, which recreates the home of Hee-dong Ko, Korea’s first Western-style oil painter and a pioneer of Korean modern art in the early twentieth century. Portraying different landscapes as seen from various points of view within the artist’s house in Wonseo-dong, Seoul, the work vividly realizes the daily life of Korea’s first modern painter. Guem has also produced works based on the house of Inje Paik (founder of Paik Hospital) and the Rakkojae traditional house in Bukchon Hanok Village. Driven by her deep interest in hanoks (Korean traditional houses), the artist sometimes incorporates actual rafters, pillars, and crossbeams taken from demolished traditional houses. Inside her hanok installations, these architectural materials might be used to make independent sculptures or relief sculptures that hang on a wall by a don-gwe (traditional lockbox).

The true value of the spatiality of the hanok is embodied by the concept and practice of chagyeong, or “borrowed scenery.” MinJeong Guem’s works are ultimately realized through the relationship between the immobile structure and the immaterial images that surround it, including unique shadows cast by the hanok itself, bright sunlight between the shadows, the distant landscape seen through the perforated door frames, tree branches outside the window, passing clouds, and air flowing through the yard and porch. Like the open structure of a hanok, Guem’s works continuously generate “borrowed scenery” through the combination of the sparse materiality and the landscapes in the videos. Together, the almost frozen videos and the minimal space of the hanok enact the ideal stage for the spatial and temporal affect that is the core of Guem’s art, a conception that is beautifully expressed by Hues of the Wind.

Artistic Director Jinsang Yoo
Min Jeong Guem
Solo Exhibitions
2020 Hues of the Wind, SPACE SO, Seoul
2019 Hidden Layers, Noblesse Collection, Seoul
Hidden Layers, Gallery Art Doo, Jeju
2018 Flow, Again, Oil Tank Culture Park, Seoul
2017 Invisible Forest, SPACE SO, Seoul
Heterotopia: Silent Wall, Art Space WATT, Seoul
2016 The Wall of Art Museum, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea-Media Wall, Seoul
2015 Min Jeong Guem’s Solo Exhibition, Sheraton Hotel Songdo, Incheon
The Rules of Life, KAIST Research & Art Gallery, Seoul
2014 Separation Walls, Gallery Sejul, Seoul
The Cold-hearted Bottom, Seoul Art Space Hongeun-Gallery H, Seoul
2013 Breathing Wall_Abstract Breathing, Culture Station Seoul 284 RTO, Seoul
2010 A Breathing Life, NanJi Gallery, Seoul
2009 Kumho Young Artist: A Breathing View, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul
2007 Breathing Room, Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul
2006 The House, Shinhan Gallery, Seoul
Selected Group Exhibitions
2020 Changwon Sculpture Biennale: Non-sculpture Light or Flexible, Seongsan Art Hall, Changwon
Geumgang Nature Art Biennale: Neomixed Era with Neobalanced Encounter, Yeonmisan Nature Art Park, Gongju
21C Watercolor, Yangpyeong Art Museum, Yangpyeong
2019 Night Sense: Sound, Scent and Memories, SPACE SO, Seoul
The Cross Section of Korean Modern Sculpture, Seosomun Shrine History Museum, Seoul
Work in Process, Gallery Planet, Seoul
Water, Life, Imagination, Chosun University Museum, Gwangju
Kumho Young Artist: The 69 Times of Sunrise, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul
Dream of Dream, Yellow Plastic, Seoul
2017 The Art of Arranging the Invisible in the Air, Ilwoo Space, Seoul
P-15, Fujifilm Space X, Seoul
Korea Tomorrow, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul
Arts, Ask about Asia, Daegu Art Factory, Daegu
Trans-space, Art Space Grove, Seoul
WATT Supporters, Art Space WATT, Seoul
Straniamento Familiar or Unfamiliar, Le Murate, Progetti Arte Contemporanea, Florence
2016 Jikji, The Golden Seed, Cheongju Art Center, Cheongju
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland-Virtual Reality, Suwon Museum of Art, Suwon
Something that Alice Observed in That Place, Gyeongnam Art Museum, Changwon
Up Beat, Seoul Dance Center, Seoul
2015 The Space Above the Road, JCC Art Museum, Seoul
The Garden of Artificial Light, Art Space Gallery Jungmiso, Seoul
SeMA Media Salon, Buk-Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
2014 Home, Where the Heart Is, ARKO Art Center, Seoul
Mind Space, Clayarch Gimhae Museum, Gimhae
Korea-Finland Media Art: A View from the Otherside, Moonshin Museum, Seoul
Gwangju Media Art Festival, Gwangju
Green River Project, Stone & Water, Ansan
Green River Project, Tamsui Historical Museum, Taipei
3gongsa-1 Project, Seoul Art Space Hongeun, Seoul
Artist’s Present, Gallery Sein, Seoul
2013 The Museum is Alive, Yangpyeong Art Museum, Yangpyeong
10 House, Shinhan Gallery, Seoul
Special Exhibition for the Mullae Art Festival: GanGaek, Mullae Art Factory, Seoul
Art Peace: How to Heal Your Inner Peace with Art, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul
Dream: Act 1, Kyungpook National University Art Museum, Daegu
Go to the Museum for Playing, Shinsegae Gallery, Gwangju
Birth, Yangpyeong Art Museum, Yangpyeong
2012 Space-scape, Lotte Gallery, Goyang
Make Shop ‘Top10’, Makeshop Art Space, Paju
No. 45 Kumho Young Artist, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul
2011 Poster Poster, Interalia Art Company, Seoul
Media Art Castle, Garden 5, Seoul
2010 SeMA Chasm in Images, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
Strange Apple, Hello Museum, Seoul
The Re-composition of Landscape, Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju
Unfamiliar Time, Familiar Space, Interalia Art Company, Seoul
Form of Science and Art, Gwacheon National Science Museum, Gwacheon
First Decade, Gyeonghuigung of Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
A Dialogue Between Art and Design, Hongik Museum of Art, Seoul
Random Access, Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin
Invitation to a Wondrous House, Nam-Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
2009 Look & Pick, Hello Museum, Seoul
Variety, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Gwacheon
Propose 7. Vol. 4, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul
Illusion, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Seoul
The Irony, KiMi Art, Seoul
Partner, Kring, Seoul
Metaphorical Playfulness, Next Door Gallery, Seoul
New Daily Object, H Gallery of Hyundai Department Store, Seoul
2008 Creation Anatomy, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan
Your Mind’s Eye: Digital Spectrum, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
Exciting Art Museum: Imagination Workshop-The Story of Our House, Gyeongnam Art Museum,
Art Studio Network, Bongsan Cultural Center, Daegu
Archetype, Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul
Open Studio-Goyang Part 1&2, The National Art Studio Goyang, Goyang
2007 Intro, MMCA Residency Goyang, Goyang
Water-Loo, Gallery Zandari, Seoul
Crisis, Cube Space Gallery, Seoul
It Takes Two to Tango, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul
2006 Dream Work, Nam-Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
A Drift Diary, Dongduk Art Gallery, Seoul
Wall-A Story Behind That, Gallery Zandari, Seoul
2008 Kumho Young Artist Award, Kumho Museum of Art
2014 Green River Project-Korea-Taiwan Exchange Artist Residency, Tamsui
2013–14 Seoul Art Space Hongeun, Seoul
2009–10 SeMA Nanji Residency, Seoul
2007–08 MMCA Residency Goyang, Goyang

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Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology-College of Administration

Samsonite Korea Co.

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