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Folding Surface 1

Myung Jin Song2010

Korean Art Museum Association

Korean Art Museum Association

The stark white of the canvas has been covered with green paint. The touch of fingers creates creases. Going further, they can be seen to make hills, valleys and even mountains. Each fine crease folds and overlaps, creating a landscape. All of sudden, a swarm of red dots begin to invade the green landscape. With regards to a flat surface as a precondition of genre painting, this scene shows thin layers of paint and traces of brushstrokes on the (two-dimensional) surface. It can create illusions of three-dimensional imagery.

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  • Title: Folding Surface 1
  • Creator: Song, Myung Jin, 송명진
  • Date Created: 2010
  • Physical Dimensions: w1830 x h1420 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Acrylic on canvas
  • Critic's Note: A Narrative of Paintings within a Painting How Are Different Levels of Paintings’ Subject Matters Combined? ....Briefly, though addressing ‘flatness’ as an inherent characteristic of painting governed by Modernism, Myungjin Song suggested, as a sort of solution to the condition of painting, a reinforcement or intervention of a monotone surface through ambiguous forms that stir up the viewer’s thoughts instead of employing a high level of abstraction or an exploration into materiality. In , there are surfaces that seem to be turned over toward the backside on the entirely green canvas. Here, despite figurative depictions, her pictures were still conceptually conscious of flatness as an identity of painting. While flatness of painting played a primary role, figurative depiction served as a secondary motif and contributed to the entire composition by encompassing both levels of intellect and sensation. When looking at her recent paintings, we find that Song takes a bit of a different path from her earlier methodology in relation to meta-narrative and anecdotal images. Seemingly, Song’s work can look too obvious, but in actuality she tries quite a complicated attempt of associating these two different levels and constructs her own artistry….
  • Artist's Education: Hongik University. Seoul, Korea. M.F.A., Painting.

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