The first US museum presentation of Seoul-based artist Suki Seokyeong Kang opens at ICA Philadelphia (@icaphiladelphia) this Friday, April 27!
SUKI SEOKYEONG KANG @sukiskang
Black Mat Oriole (2016)
Gwangju Biennial Installation view, 2016 / Courtesy of the artist and the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania.
Suki Seokyeong Kang’s ‘Black Mat Oriole’ (2018) is an expanded approach to painting and an activation of space through a choreographed installation and video triptych. In the video, Kang creates a narrative influenced by the flow and movement found within classical Korean poetry, calligraphy, and dance but is firmly rooted in the contemporary landscape. Specifically inspired by the choreography found in the historical Korean dance “Chunaengmu,” which was performed for royalty and adhered to strict codes of court etiquette, Kang explores how a space can be divided into grids whether with regard to systems of power, cultural customs, or artistic lineage. In the installation, the exchange of movement and interplay can be navigated through freestanding frame-like structures fashioned into geometric patterns and abstract paintings. Both immersive and interactive, audiences are urged to step into and activate a fluid environment, navigating the shifting relationship between their own bodies and the objects.