Sea

Choi Jun Kun

Sea

from February 26th to 04.09.2016

Galerie Penthièvre

The landscape of Choi Jun Kun consists of many frames, or it is one whole single frame. The frames compose a frame of the coast of Jeju Island. Nonetheless, the landscape does not necessarily claim to be the coast of Jeju Island. It can be the landscape of the inner of the painter - the inner landscape. But, is it so? It does not matter though because it can also be a landscape of whom sees the frame - a viewer's landscape. The landscape is from nobody and at the same time from everybody.

The black rocks are painted using Chinese ink. Choi use small brushes for his painting. Painted once, twice, and over and over, layers of brush paths reveal rocks. His painting process is the instructions let the rocks to find their positions. The instructed rocks stand still. What compose a frame are the white background and the black hard rocks.

Choi's painting erases the presence of objects at the same time allows them to exist. In this contradiction, the rocks have lost their rock-ness rather claiming black-ness. The background, in the same way, claims not to be the sky or the sea, but only the white color. And then the black-ness becomes a rock and the white becomes the background. His painting is positioned in between the two achromatic colors. In contrast to his paintings in the past, these paintings exhibit more succinctness and more simplicity. This simplicity is the consequence of the power of elapsed time.