Roentgen's Garden

Han, Ki Chang2003

Korean Art Museum Association

Korean Art Museum Association
Seoul, South Korea


  • Title: Roentgen's Garden
  • Creator: Han, Ki Chang
  • Date Created: 2003
  • Physical Dimensions: w2600 x h2200 cm
  • Type: X-ray Painting, Installation, Photograpy
  • Medium: X-ray film, LED light box, mixed media
  • Korean Artist Project: Han, Ki Chang is one of 21 outstanding artists selected by the Korean Artist Project. The Korean Artist Project is a global online website which aims to promote Korean contemporary artists hosted by the Ministy of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of Korea and organized by the Korean Art Museum Association. KAP has launched with a three-year plan spanning from 2011 to 2013. At the first step in 2011, art professionals and critics selected 21 artists, and curators from 13 private art museums organized their virtual solo exhibitions. KAP would love to introduce a diverse spectrum of Korean contemporary art to the global audience. Through these efforts, KAP will play a significant role in the promotion and development of Korean contemporary art. Also, the KAP will become a useful platform, which will serve as a stepping-stone to create cultural exchange and global networks with diverse art people. Please visit www.koreanartistproject.com
  • Critic's Note: The Beautiful Garden of Roentgen Ki Chang Han works on X-ray films. He has obtained the X-ray films by handing around hospitals. He gets them difficultly some times and easily other times as if he collects the inventions of Roentgen and collects the already dead images as if he embraced the traces of the wound of many men and animals. The images inside the physical bodies drawn with colors having the strong permeability look pale as if they had already lost the liveliness. It is the reality of the inside of body to take picture to cure through finding out the diseases and wounded parts but it is not easy to find out the significance of the cure in the castoff X-ray films. But Han hugs such castoff films again. For it is the memory filled with the pains of sickness and with the hope of cure for all the sick persons. What do we desire at the moment when we lie down on the X-ray bed and the whole body is scanned only bones being remained? ... With such echoing and thinking. X-ray films which are collected like this are adhered onto the panaflex cloth which is used as advertising plates. And after opaquely coating on it with aryl, scoop out with knife the outline of new image. One the whole, the outline of new image is the figure of beautiful plant. Not known flowers, flower buds, thin branches and hang down grasses make white shapes. Multishaped X-ray films are adhere again to the white plate like mosaic. Finger pictures, animal head pictures, backbone pictures, the pictures showing the iron stuck in bone, the pictures showing crumbled bone and the pictures showing the transformed regions of body are being made again into the figures of beautiful plants. Subsequently, make form of advertising plate which used fluorescent lamp by this screen. When electricity is given after putting the fluorescent lamp into the place, X-ray films receive the ray to show up the shape. And then finally, there is the finishing work giving the effect to the adhesion of X-ray films and making the ray spreading up the picture look more soft. Shallow matiere effect is being made above the screen making warm are entirely. On the wickedness and chilliness of X-ray, we see the immerge of the reserved death of alive men and the lonely and ill luck of lively things having only bones. Everyone who has the experience of taking X-ray films might feel the same. We should do as we are told by the X-ray technician asking us for breathing and stopping breathing at the X-ray room. At that moment, all should be dead for while. Of course, the X-ray technician desires to get the exact and best films but it has become one of symbols. And yet, we desire, penetrating the image of death. We are to cultivate our willpower for living by seeing such chilly shadows. That is why Han gathers the shadows of the haggard death longing for life. Many injuries adhere to the shadows are patted and embraced by his hands to the born again. The pictures which were made in hospitals and abandoned by them are born again as light and are formed as beautiful flowers, plants and landscapes. The scene reminds us of the garden with beautiful and brilliant atmosphere at moon night. Perhaps it seem they are going to give the gift of the garden to Roentgen, and invitro of X-ray. Maybe it can be possible. The image of the flowers and the plants in garden are very rhythmic and line-oriented, and are drawn with the dynamic feelings having not so strong movement. So delicate taste and formative freshness are displayed at the same time. Especially, we can have the bigger delightfulness in the effect of the beautiful transformation of X-ray films and humorous revers turn. (This is an excerpt from an original text.)
  • Artist's Education: Chugye University for the Arts. Seoul, Korea. B.F.A., Korean Painting.Korea University. Seoul, Korea. M.A., Art Education.Dankook University. Seoul, Korea. Doctorate Course in Formative Arts.

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