My Home Sweet Home
sound 4’45”, star-light(bulb), acrylic on polystyrene and waste-vinyl, 245x520cm, 2012
My Home Sweet Home
Artist KIM Soohwan in his work gives an honest account of the house he lived in when he was a child along with memories of his childhood and his family. His story described on the surface of vinyl with ease then forms in a giant knitting ball, tangled all over on a single plane. Toward that hot reality, the artist’s own humming of “Sweet My Home” echoes throughout the exhibition hall. KIM is known for the art series which reflected the changes that laborers’ family in Incheon underwent under the big power and the social structure. Based on this personal history, he came to perceive the big picture of history of world civilization which underwent a rapid development through its great interest in labor and tools, leaving humans to be abused for the other’s desire, leaving people to lose the true meaning of life. Such has become the theme of his art work. In the same context, the latest exhibition which holds a rather paradoxical title, too contains a voice of criticism against the capitalist society.
As mentioned beforehand, KIM’s drawings and images which appears to be drawn with ease and, reinforces honesty and candidness within, prevents his work from turning dark and melancholy but nicely wrapped up to show KIM’s style of wit and humor. Just like Marx defined in his book on 「Capitalism」 that labor is one of the processes between human and nature in which humans intervene, regulate and control, KIM seeks the meaning of human existence in primitive happiness of labor. At the same time labor is also the source of his disappointment in life, a key of hope due to series of truth and strength. By closely observing his memory and stories, this is how KIM manages to explore the origin of human existence and its meaning under the desire-laden country, society and city. The exhibition title which is borrowed from the famous song that everybody knows, reminds us once again that we, how have left home has no where else to go but to return home, after all.
- Hye-Mi OH / Incheon Art Platform Curator