Jang Kwang Bum
The Gallery Françoise Livinec is pleased to welcome you to 24, rue de Penthièvre, for the exhibition « Jardin d'eau » by Jang Kwang Bum.
Born in Seoul in 1972, Jang Kwang Bum belongs to a double Korean lineage (Dansaekhwa) and French (Impressionism).
Here he pays tribute to the water garden of Giverny, questioning in turn the frontier between the art of the garden and the pictorial art, beyond figuration and abstraction. This installation opens us to a new poetry by the use of reflections and liquid mirrors.
Jang Kwang-Bum earned a BA in Plastic Arts in Seoul and went to Paris (where he has lived since 2007) to continue his studies, passing by practice to theory, with a doctorate in aesthetics. The artist belongs to a double filiation, both Korean and Western. His works are related to the monochrome, abstract and meditative movement of Dansaekhwa. At the same time, he gets his inspiration from Monet's Impressionist painting through the observation of nature and its many variations of color. His obsession with the visibility of the time that runs out leads him to accumulate many layers of acrylic on the same canvas, and then pursue a thorough work of sanding and removing material. Beyond the wonderfully aesthetic, time materializes and moves before the viewer.
« For me, the image of time is close to the image kept in memory; It is the imprint left by events in our minds, the image of a past reality. My discovery, one day, of the different applied layers of paint on the walls of the studio of an art school fascinated me. They were traces accumulated over time, stacked, forming subtle circles, like those that can be seen on a cut tree trunk. These traces reminded me of the usury of things and of beings. They are formless and elusive, they represent time and make visible "the present past", also suggesting a new reading of time. »
Jang Kwang Bum