What is the Best Way to Keep Your Conceptual Art?
What is the meaning of ‘authenticity’ in art? Do artists have to make art by themselves? Could copies by the artists or others be as ‘authentic’ as originals? Pioneers of the contemporary art — Donald Judd and Dan Flavin challenge this core idea by their both minimal and conceptual artworks.
Upon this notion, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York has received $750,000 US dollars from the Mellon Foundation grant to hold the project of preserving 350 works of seven great names from Minimalism and Conceptual Art: Dan Flavin, Robert Irwin, Donald Judd, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Lawrence Weiner, and Doug Wheeler.
However long might it be, the exhibition can keep the physical form of the artworks for a limited time. But the essence of Conceptual Art — the concept, is best preserved by brains. The more the idea has exposed to the world, the more the people it could enlighten, hence the more it would be remembered. In our digital age, the art should not be confined in actual arenas like the museum. The best way to keep a concept — to spread a concept, is certainly via online platforms.
BBuzzArt is such an online art platform which has now received ideas from over 14,000 artists. Today, we are proud to present one of our conceptual artists — Kanghoon Lee.
Visual artist Kanghoon Lee has lived and studied in Korea, Japan, and the United States. His conceptual artworks focus on questioning the essence of human being rooted in human relationships.
Even though we do co-exist, we cannot truly understand each other because we cannot perfectly share the senses and perceptions of others.
According to his statement, “Human relationship itself is essence of human being. The conscious, ‘I’ can only establish its existence through interrelation with others and the characteristics of individuals are determined, however indirectly, by the being of others.” And he reinforces that the being, ‘I’, is not a fixed entity, but rather an ever-changing one which is reformed continuously as relationship expands its boundaries. Within this unsolvable paradox of essential human nature, Kanghoon is continuously trying to develop his world of art.
In his series of Composition, the artist tries to represent the essence of humanity based on human relationships through the metaphor of ‘door’. Connected to the premise on the understanding of ‘difference’ during communication, the fundamental contradiction of the ‘door’ opens and closes on the assumption of ‘separation’. It depicts a paradox between the way human being exists, and the way they relate to one another. Using pixels as the units of visual language, the division and integration of space through repetition and arrangement of ‘doors’ in the series of works indicate the paradox. It is an attempt to visualize the interrelation between self and others through the composition of physical objects and the relative dimension they imply.
Inspired by the same thinking, Lee’s another series Individual Reality asks the basic question: What is real? — the word, ‘reality’ that we use on a daily life literally means ‘fact or state that actually exists at present’. The artist believes that everything perceived through the human sensory system is felt as if they exist in ‘reality’ as intuitive objects. From an epistemological point of view, however, they are all subjective objects that reflect the relationship with ‘I’ rather than the independent objects. In other words, all cognitive subjects cannot perceive the state of the world that has excluded their own intervention; there is no objective reality everyone truly shares though their experiences can seem to be the same. Under such theory, the world of ‘I’ and ‘you’ cannot be the same or different. It is because the objects that cannot be shared are impossible to compare from the beginning.
Where is the world we recognize through the five senses between reality and illusion?
The series Individual Reality is the result of thinking about such a dualistic recognition world between self and others. The images to which a particular viewpoint and vanishing point are applied can be recognized as ‘real’ or ‘virtual’ depending on the observer’s point of view. ‘Optical illusion’ by itself implies imperfection of human sensory system and cognitive system. Reality and illusion are always on the same line, and ‘reality’ is only a relative and concrete representation floating in such uncertainty. Lee keeps raising questions about the coordinates of self-consciousness in each reality.
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