Ensemble - odysseys of lights
By Byungtae Kim and J.M. Yang
On the occasion of ‘KARIBU KOREA’, the Embassy of Korea presents “Ensemble : odysseys of lights” This exhibition originally took place in Daegu, Korea, hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Kenya in the Republic of Korea to celebrate the 56th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Korea and Kenya. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this exhibition was only allowed in public for a few days. The Embassy of Korea would like to re-introduce the two artists’ work online.
The Face : The Kenyan Odyssey
Artist Byung Tae Kim has lived in Kenya for 27 years. He explores nature not just as a form of art but as a medium of conveying fundamental oriental philosophy. In this series, ‘the Faces’, he tries to manifest souls and spirits beyond faces; invisible may be more valuable than visuals surrounded by discrimination and bias. Those faces, standing in front of a black background, are his neighbours and friends. By their closed eyes, cultural influences are removed from the models and audiences could focus solely on the model’s faces. The artist challenges the notion that the eyes are the gateway to the soul.
MooMong (舞夢, dancing the dreams) : The Korean Odyssey
A Korean artist, J.M.Yang interprets Korean traditional dances into abstract images.
With slow shutter speeds the movements of the dancers turn into sequential images.
Yang’s body of work proves how well his artistic intuition can capture the aesthetical and emotional aspects of Korean traditional dances: dresses wave gorgeously, colors fly vaguely but harmoniously, fingertips gently and delicately show up and disappear, breaths slowly warm up the space, fever urges for high spinning of dancers, and all comes to a standstill next moment, just like nothing exists. His works somewhat resemble oriental ink-and wash paintings.
Yang showed his identity through Blue Journey exhibited in 1994, joyfulness and excitement from Heavenly Dream in 2016, dynamic and vigor from Arirang Fantasy in 2018, and his recent work, Cheoyong Narsha shows large-minded generosity and faithfulness to the motherland.
His journey continues until The Korean Odyssey is achieved.
Professor at the Photographic Art Center of Shingu College
Advisor to the Photo Artist Society of Korea
His works are owned by the Government Art Bank of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art; Art Valley of Crown Haetae; Art Space Gallery; WA Gallery; and NAIROBI National Museum