Myung Jin Song2006

Korean Art Museum Association

Korean Art Museum Association

There are several trees with red colored tips on the tentacle-like green leaves. This scene could arouse two kinds of feeling, beauty and brutality. The latter is related to an old story that early mankind could hear the screams of rice stalks when they were cut down with a sickle during harvest. It implies how closely the early people communed with nature. However, it seems that now we treat plants just as decoration.

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  • Title: Gardening
  • Creator: Song, Myung Jin, 송명진
  • Date Created: 2006
  • Physical Dimensions: w2606 x h1940 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….
  • Collection: Kumho Museum of Art
  • Artist's Education: Hongik University. Seoul, Korea. M.F.A., Painting.


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