Monthly Archives: November 2013

Karen Kilimnik

Karen Kilimnik


During my college year, I had a lot of fun things, above all, I would say the one of the most valuable and precious thing was tutorial time. Through this time, most of students included me, could learn and ask any questions to them during their art works and tutors gave us counsel and suggestion of direction at the same time. Moreover, they gave us information about students did not recognize. When I had fist tutorial, I got suggestion about association and possibility between my career works and Duchamp‘s works which completed ready-made concept. Because of tutorial, I was convinced about my significant college life. At my second tutorial, tutor told me that I should study about Karen Kilimnik. While I studied her works, I was so pleasure that I almost cry out.

Let me talk about her briefly. She became famous artist in New-York, Zurich, and Dublin with her exhibitions not in France and other Europe Countries. She refereed freely to the not only modern art, but paintings from past great man such as Constable, Reynold, and Goya. Also she referred to the culture, music, ballet, and decorative art. Futhermore, she was inspired by children’s story or fairy tale, legend, and modern pop culture’s icon for her works. Her installation work that was strongly reminiscent of very decorative stage for a play, was a combination of drawing of painting, picture, light, and sound. Her work received both reviews as neo-Romanticism and neo-Kitsch, at the same time.

Her traditional paintings genre, such as, portrait, indoor pictures, landscape, and still-life painting. are consisted with fantastic and romantic images. In her works, these kinds of images and stereotype, for example, historical figure, Hollywood stars, fictional characters from literatures and television, English house surrounded by grassland, and France country house is located in Loire and Fontainebleau Forest, are coexisted.

Her works, freewheelingly deal with anachronism and genre formation as little bit rudeness method, expressed criticism about our generation mass media’s brevity with contrast incompatible things such as, ordinary and strange, highbrow arts and pop culture, reality and fiction, and original and duplication or copy.

As I see world of her works, I was easy to find connection between mobile phone work. one of parts of mass communication system, and my work that draw picture with a lots kinds of pictorial expression of inside of communication theme. Like my tutor’s advice for my work, my works had always same expression mode as a romantic drawing, or the frame that very familiar, looks like on frame of the commercial. All things taken together, tutor’s suggestion about studying Karen Kilimnik was very thankful to me.

More funny thing is the are that her works reached. In 2011, she was in charge of l’Opéra de Paris stage art, It reminded my stage art work that I have done few years ago. Me and her had different expression method and subject, however we had similarity that challenging to solve many kinds of problems based on interest of mass media.

One more similarity with Karen Killmnik with me is energy. she has energy that she can handle tradition ways sweetly with diversity of many kinds of media outlets.

Han River Project

Han River Project (3’26’’)

Han River Project

   Han River Project Public information image at Han River’s civic group

           <Image Project>

Director : Dong-Eun LEE

Name of Project :Change of writing in Chinese characters in Han river

Run time : About 3 minutes

Use : Opening image for discussion seminar

Purpose of project : With image, it can be a very effective way for the opening of discussion seminar. This seminar is about movement that change the symbol of Korean national identity Han river’s orthography to 漢江 → 韓江

Way of image production : Suggest rights for change 漢江 to 韓江 and in order to look back our national indemnity, emphasize the Korean historical side.

Content :

1. 漢城 → 首, 漢江 → 韓江

-Change Han Sung to Seoul, Changing and rewriting Han river to Han(韓) river represent the rights.


2. Are we the Korean race or the Chinese minority races among the more than 50 races?

Why do we still use Han river as a 漢江, even Han river was an living base after the period of the three states?

-Questionize and then conclude(covey the strong meaning with sound effect and caption)


3. Han river is our living base after the period of three states

* Cultual side: Apgujeoung, to Han nam through beautiful Han river, there are lots of works

– Image documenting about Korean poem of old artiest and Han river

* Economic sid : After the period of three states, Han river provide the economic development with water traffic

– Image of historic material date of Han river water traffic

* Historical side: As all world new cultual stats near the big river, our national history which is the period of the three states stats near the Han river. Every past countries’s raise and fall was depends on the area of Han river and inform the importance of Han river and historical meaning

– Show the view of Han river from past to now.


4. Even South Korea is in a Chines cultural are, Korea create the best letter Han Gul in the world. like this, with our spirit and root, Korea has to re-order the way of write Han River and fix Korean’s wrong history(Korea is the part of chinese).

– Conclusion : Image filming about move the Turtle ship from Icheon prot to Tongyeoung at November 9th. (Re open the ship’s course from Han river to the western sea course in 50 years)


5. 漢江 → 韓江

– Maximize the conclusion with sound effect and caption

Projecting the Future

Projecting the Future (4’25’’)

Projecting the Future

Produce thesis image at Ewha Women’s Art and design graduated School, “Projecting the future”

When you rub liquid form latex which is harmless to humans on your body about 15minutes, clothes that you could see body line as it is made.

The clothes with special quality of material and use for 15 minutes could absorb and reflect the lights. These clothes are like future clothes that we could see and imagine in SF movie. This is the theme of this image.

Also not only participate in image work but also paint work because I could paint personally before the liquid condition latex clothes change to clothes.

The Springtime of Daddy & 42.195…

The Springtime of Daddy and 42.195

The Springtime of Daddy (7’27’’)

Produce and direct an image picture at Duk Won Subscription valor season, part of Korean creation valor (Big Theater at Seoul Education Cultural center).

This is an image of Korean traditional one’s original dance performance. Theme is father’s who is a leader of family heavy and hard mind in IMF time at 1997.

This is one part of image use total 15 minutes in performance,


Produce and direct an image picture at Duk Won Subscription valor season, part of Korean creation valor (KBS Hall, Seoul)

This is an image of Korean traditional one’s original dance performance. Here is a theme. In 1936 11th Olympic Games in Berlin Germany, when South Korea was colony of Japan, even marathon player whose name is Ki Jung Son got fist gold medal and gave hope to all Korean people, he had to lower his head when he won the gold medal because on his heart there were Japanese flag instead of Korean flag.

This image is one part of performance that filming live for 15minutes.

Figure Drawing

Figure Drawing

Written by Peter Jenny

Subject of my art work is “communication”. Firstly, I search the meaning of “communication” for dictionary .Communication (from Latin commūnicāre, meaning “to share” ) is the activity of conveying information through the exchange of thoughts, messages, or information, as by speech, visuals, signals, writing, or behavior. It is the meaningful exchange of information between two or more living creatures.

Among that meanings,writing:Letter and signal evoke my inspiration of my art works.This book, Figure Drawing,  make me fulfill such my demands.

Basically,this book of contents suggests conceals ;abstracts and it remains intentionally metaphorical in the representation of human body,teaching the way to see diverse stuff with open mind,which is categorized in 22 different groups. Among them, two sections linked with my subject are introduced in here,my blog.

LETTER, The alphabet offers a set of forms that can be used for more than just written communication

UNCOVER : SIGNAL:PATTERN, Strains,jumbles of lines, and amorphous patterns entice us to create order.

Marcel Duchamp

Marcel Duchamp

Published by The Museum of Modern Art and Philadelphia Museum of Art

Edited by Anne D’Harnoncourt and Kynaston Mcshine

Leonardo Da Vinci, Cezanne, or Picasso? Who is most famous artist in western art history? It could be all three of them. However, at after 20th century, so as in age of modern art, the Marcel Duchamp is one of most famous and important artist. There are all kinds of extraordinary works of art of him, and one of most famous work is Fountain. As you see, this work is man‘s urinal. Will this art? So to speak conclusion first, the answer is “Yes”.

Let’s take a look one by one, how could this urinal be a art work. In 1917, this work exhibited at Salon des Artistes Independents hosted the United States independence artist association. This work was enough to be the talk of the town as it is now. At fist time, this work flatly refused to exhibit from the host, because this work can be seen for fun. Even though, in Salon des Artistes Independents, anyone can participated in if they pay exhibition expense 6 million dollars, after long discussion, operation committee member decide that this work is not for Salon des Artistes Independents.(In 1917, this first work remain just as picture by photographer whose name is Stieglitz, second one is in 1951, and Third 8 works that ordered as limited edition remain until now.) Duchamp signed ‘R. MUTT 1917 in urinal, instead of his name, R. MUTT is the name of manufacturer of lavatory products who made this urinal.

Duchamp hide himself completely, because the only thing he does that he gets existing urinal, signed it and he turn that in, so we can not blame him. Prior to this, Duchamp already has done his work that he does not make it by himself. These are Bottle Rack in 1915 and the work name of “In Advance of the Broken Arm.” The one is as it says wine bottle rack and the other one is big spade when you shovel the snow. Urinal, bottle rack, and snow spade are mass-produced ready- made goods from the factory.

Duchamp put ready made goods as a work of art after he sign on goods. The fact that ready made goods has some artist’s signature, that means common subjects move to art area. The role of traditional artist is that reproducing some subjects or situations as realistically. However, after Duchamp’s attempt, now artist does not remain just reproducing, artist being dispread that they has to speak and suggest actively.

Once we step into the 20 century , art field was changed due to appearance of Marcel Duchamp. Before Marcel Duchamp, artists just revive situation and objects with painting and sculpture in their art works. However, after Marcel Duchamp, art works do not reappear as traditional and direct of painting and sculpture any more, but actively suggest. It means that the creative act is not performed by the artist alone. Artist and viewer has to be together, and because of that communication can be possible. In other words, the age that artist and viewer can communicate with art work as a media, opened.

Let’s back to Fountain. Fountain has shape that man’s urinal lay down at an angle of 90 degree on the pedestal. Regarding this way, Duchamp identify ready made products with the statue. Also, he puts urinal on the pedestal, and tries to look like as statue. On statue, pedestal is tool that like the frame in painting that make art work more like artistic. More over, Duchamp raises a question about some specific area exhibition center. When urinal is in the toilets, it works good as it is, however when urinal is in the exhibition center, with artist signature on it, people thinks differently. In other words, viewer regard urinal as an art work. Interesting points in here, if we

drop the prejudice about urinal, and just look as a object, it could be seen attractive. Just do not think function of urinal, and take a look as essential form of object. Smooth surface and soft curves evoke massing, and it is enough attractive and comparable to fair free-from sculpture.

Duchamp has already known all about that. This is provocative problem presentation about institutionalized and formatted art system. Get out of shown on art, require of communication between artist and viewer. What is art and what is not art? I admire Duchamp’s informal idea that incapacitate formatted art system. His talented imagination verger modern art’s spectrum to infinity.

Introduction of Phone Museum

Introduction of Phone Museum

This story is of my family .

Director of Phone museum (my father)have collected mobile phones for 15 years now. It all started unexpectedly when he lost an old mobile phone that he had kept as a memento. He tried looking for the same kind at flea markets, but it was nowhere to be found. Later he found out that old mobile phones were disassembled and thrown away. Only the necessary, reusable parts were kept. As a child, he had visited many museums and read many archaeology books. To him, throwing away old, vintage phones was like losing part of the world’s history. He asked the merchants at the flea market, and they said they had never seen anybody collect mobile phones. He came home that day and talked with his family. It would be challenging and it would require much money, but his family and he decided to collect mobile phones. They believed that mobile phones represented the culture of the 20th century. In January of 2008, they opened the Phone Museum, and luckily it was recorded the world’s first Mobile Phone Museum.

             The first collection at the Phone Museum was the Korean mobile phones for the people in Korea. This time, it was not for a hobby that he was collecting mobile phones; He did it to protect world’s heritage, so He was more systematic and calculative. He also had various thematic exhibitions in mind as he collected Korean mobile phones. Korea is the country of the most various cell phones production, so it was difficult to collect everything; however, he had collected 99.5% of all mobile phones that had existed in Korea. For important mobile phones, over 10 of the same category were collected and displayed in different themes. For example, 8 of the world’s first 10 million pixel camera phones made by Samsung Electronics were collected and displayed at four different themes. The four themes were First of the World, Phones Recorded in the Guinness World Records, History of Camera Phones, and Chronology. Two of the eight phones were placed in each theme. This was so that the visitors can view both the front and the back of the phone, since they are untouchable due to the display cases that surround them. For the same phone, if the colors were different, then those were collected as well.

             The second collection at the Phone Museum was the Korean mobile phones for export. These mobile phones used different communication methods, so they were not the same as the cell phones made for the people in Korea. Because there exists only one Museum for mobile phones, this Mobile Phone Museum is important for foreigners as well. Collecting Korean mobile phones for export was even more difficult than collecting those made for people in Korea. Nonetheless, enough was collected to write the history of Korean phone exportation. They became so important in Korean history that the Cultural Administration suggested registering these cell phones as cultural assets.

             The third collection at the Mobile Phone Museum was the foreign products. The book about the history of mobile phones in the world is yet to be written. No one has yet to study the history of mobile phones in a systematic way. And so I had to search on the Internet for a long time, reading and collecting writings and essay papers on mobile phones. From the pieces of information I had collected, I sorted out hundreds of mobile phones that had made an impact in the world. Western countries have different viewpoints on the history of mobile phones. Regarding the world’s first mobile phone and the world’s first smart phone, they think differently from Koreans. Keeping such differences in mind, I designed this collection so that everyone can positively view it whether he is American or European. With SCR-536 handie-Talkie-the world’s first radio telephone-as the starter, I collected 80 different ‘world’s first cell phones.’ They were divided into 4 different themes: Telecommunication System, Function, Form Factor, and Smart Phone.

At the phone museum, the visitors especially gets surprised by the phone called 0-generation, its uses MTS and IMTS systems of car phones, and it’s a variety and marvelous of 1st generation initial portable phone. These collections are the part where even Samsung engineers gets amazed by. Not only phones are at the phone museum. Starting with Alexander Graham bell’s liquid phone L.M. Ericsson’s desktop phone, wall-mounted phone, France mother-in-law phone, very first Strowger dial phone etc. wire phones are historically decorated systematically. Also there are different kinds of pictures, books, pamphlets about Mores, Operator Switchboard, payphone, character phone, military phone, phone booth. All of these relics are total of 6043points. Devices are total of 4629 points (Morse 32, Switchboard 26, wire phone 171, cell phone 4400), relics associated with these such as (materials, pictures, accessories etc.) are total of 1414 points (Mores 7, Switchboard 7, wire phone393, cell phone 1007).

             As <US Today> survey, mobile phones and the internet is the biggest part of the change in the humankind lives since the industrial revolution. Motorola is a number 1 mobile phone company for 14 years since 1983. Then Nokia became number 1 for 14 years since 1997. Now Samsung is in number 1 since 2012. Korea is a number 1 in mobile technology and sale. The world’s only phone Museum has 20~21st century cultural heritage are organized in chronological order and 40 different themes.

Phone museum, director Byungchul Lee profile

*1950 Jan 20th born in Seoul

*1969 Graduated Seoul Whimmon High school

*1973 Graduated department of Korean Literature in Dongguk University

*1973~1975 ROTC members of 11th, Front line platoon commander and noncommissioned officer academy instructor

*1975 First lieutenant discharged from army

*1975~2005 Journalist as well as reporter (The Chosun Ilbo, The Kukmin Ilbo, The Sisa Journal)

*2008 Jan Foundation of the phone Museum in Gyeonggi-do Yeoju-gun Jeomdong-myeon dangjin-ri

*books; (1985) <Seokjoo myung Critical Biography>, (1988) <The Great Discovery>, (1996) <A History Expedition in the World 100>, (2002) <The Beautiful Challenge>, (2005) <The Correct Korean>, 10 books etc.