Hues of the Wind

Installation view @SPACE SO. Image courtesy of GUEM MinJeong and the gallery.

樂古齋 [Rak-ko-jae], is literally ‘a house to enjoy the old’, restored by a Korean Human National Treasure Master Carpenter. And then, Mr. Ahn, who is a former computer engineer in the 80’s and presently a president of this old house since 2003 had recreated the lordful 130-year-old building, located in the heart of Seoul. Artist Guem Min Jeong has been staying in Rakkojae to rediscover the hidden charm in three Hanok compounds, one in a ‘ㄱ’ shape, one in a ‘ㄷ’, and one in a patio style. It’s been a best visited site for foreign people but also hotel residency you can book a room and taste a piece of the past with its welcome tea sets, antique collections, chirping birds, and the wind in peace.

Installation view. Image courtesy of GUEM Min Jeong and SPACE SO.

Guem Min Jeong’s work involves space. She discovers spaces from places and objects that she experienced with a focus on sensory perception and interaction, and then she creates a new space in front of viewers by adding her imagination. As a result, she has been displaying her ‘specific space’ through video-installations and video-sculptures. In Guem’s solo exhibition “Hidden Layers” in 2019, she displayed video-installations to collect emotional data of herself and others about Jeju-do’s forest and the sea and analyzes them to create into movements of scenery on the screen utilizing Machine Learning Algorithm in combination with charcoal and wood.

Guem intends to explore different kinds and depth of emotions by gazing at architectural elements of Hanok and its natural landscape from a psychological and poetic, not objective, perspective. After Guem recognizes the spatial features of Hanok she recalls people who stayed there by looking at its background at different times and then imagines the emotion of that person.

Installation view. Image courtesy of GUEM Min Jeong and SPACE SO.

“Painter’s house_shadow of the wind”, Guem presented a money box, which she had happen to see by chance while staying in Hanok.The two scenes that were used for the money box was playing on one screen as interior and external images of Hanok. Completely different spaces of Hanok were being displayed as a lid being the border that continuously opens and closes like a door.The two events coincided with each other in different places, black-and-white video of floor and the external image of casting wood shadow, were in parallel with each other through the money box as her medium enabling viewers to associate the connection between the two scenes.

Installation view. Image courtesy of GEUM MinJeong and SPACE SP

Guem works on creating images of videos by turning these emotions into electronic signals.Emotional values such as sadness, depression, sympathy, admiration, astonishment, etc., which was inputted into Algorithms, transform an original image into a new shape by twisting, blurring, or stretching its elements.The landscape that was created by encoding personal emotions offers an opportunity for the viewer to revisit the landscape of their perspective.

Installation view @SPACE SO. Image courtesy of GUEM MinJeong and the gallery.