If you look at the painting closely, you’ll notice the finger people are working hard trying to find some important secret or message on the unusual monument. However the engraved texts have a very simple message such as “No Graffiti” or “No Smoking”. It seems that the work of the finger people is in vain since there isn’t an important hidden message. This series of paintings represents a kind of satire about how ridiculous and reckless human beings can be.


  • Title: Soft Monument 3
  • Creator: Song, Myung Jin, 송명진
  • Date Created: 2008
  • Physical Dimensions: w1303 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….
  • Artist's Education: Hongik University. Seoul, Korea. M.F.A., Painting.

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