컨셉 없는 컨셉. Kiss Gallery. Seoul, 2017.
Few days ago, I got a text from Han-wool Kim, the planner of the exhibition titled <Conceptless concept>. ‘Professor,could you write us an introduction for our group exhibition? It will be meaningful if you write one’ No teacher will turndown such a request from students. Besides, isn’t it a meaningful exhibition not only for the artists but me? 15 artists ofthe exhibition are all my students of the class <Seminar on exhibition plan>. Though they do different genres such aspainting, installation, three-dimensional structure, and nationality, age, sex, the experience is different for each, they haveone thing in common. They all are passionate about art and have the challenging spirit of seeking ways to survive as anartist. On the day of the beginning of the semester in May, I asked students about their motives for taking < Seminar onexhibition plan>. Mostly they said “What is the driving force that encourages artists to make a living and create art worksconstantly?”, “How do I get artist support fund to keep working?”, “What are the methods on how to access an exhibitionspace, promote own works and have good relationships with curators, critics, gallerists?” In other words, to find thesolutions to pursue the essence of creation of art, maintain the balance between real life and creating works, detect theproblems from everyday work, they got to take the class. Was the desperate desire reflected? Not one student was absentor late for the class. Then one day in April, students gave me a surprising news. With the help of Kyung-ryul Yang whohas not a few exhibition experiences compared to others, students got a chance to have an exhibition in Kiss gallery.Hearing that news, we all gave a shout of joy. From that day on, students shared roles rapidly and effectively on theexhibition. Under the direction of Yoon-young Jung, 15 artists including Ju-yon Kwak, Bo-kyung Kim, Han-wool Kim,Jae-hyung ryu, Tae-min Son, Ji-yeah Sim, Kyung-ryul Yang, Ji-eun Oh, Chae-youn Lee, Hye-jeon Lee, Hae-mi Jang, Ki-beom Joo, Mi-sook Han, Christina Nunez from Venezuela have successfully managed the whole exhibition includingpromotion, printing and even display plan. They have achieved a little miracle only in 2 months. I believe <Conceptlessconcept> has given courage and hope to banish the uncertainty of art activities, doubts and fear. The artists have surelygot the confidence to believe that we can do it, which is a necessary trait of an artist. Young artists, congratulations on theself-exhibition. Well, let us shout. We can do it!
By 이명옥 교수님
Russell Teapot I. Ink on plastic. 45 x 45 x 6 cm. 2017. Cristina Nunez.