This scene looks like it is imitating nature with artificial plant-shaped objects. We can see green tentacle-shaped leaves, sharp blades of grass and other bushes that seem to be like combed hair. This shows that the plants contain an animal spirit. The small blades of grass made by cutting into the green layer are standing up like flags, revealing the flat, white canvas underneath. They seem to be saying that this landscape can be just an illusion of a thin layer of paint on a canvas.


  • Title: The Field of Landscape
  • Creator: Song, Myung Jin, 송명진
  • Date Created: 2005
  • Physical Dimensions: w4546 x h1620 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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