Miss Baik’s curatorial project “Mayfly” serves to erase the boundary between artists and their ability to exhibit by taking an open-ended approach to jurying. “Mayfly” exhibitions become a point of rallying for artists who have found a platform for exposure and imperative for their networking. Celebrating a select few of recurring artists, this Mayfly-derivative exhibition shows what’s possible when artists have access to art spaces.
Taking place at the newly refinished Alternative Space LOOP, the exhibition consisted of work by 개토, 김도영, 서효은, 정주, 킹홍, and Unmaru.
김도영’s work compromised a sculptural installation and accompanying video piece that discuss human impermanence and the rituals we reserve for death. While exhibited work seen in a previous Mayfly exhibition, it took on a new scale as they were given room to breathe in the space which made his work undeniable.
킹홍 exhibited a vertical diptych in his dark, geometric style. Working predominantly in reds, his work stood over its viewer broodingly, while their shapes form a landscape both confusing and unsettling.
Taking up a corner space was the video work of Unmaru, which showcases process as its own art form and how it relates to the ways we consume media and information. Three wall-mounted televisions played work that expressed that notion while a small CRTV encouraged viewers to watch as an experience.
Exhibiting pieces from two different but related bodies of work was 개토, an artist who redefines the viewer’s relationship to artistic scale. Her small ink paintings express visual motifs that define the relationship between her different bodies of work and adjacent was her “Apparent Giant” series, massive acid-color paintings named after both their subjects and their scale.
정주 exhibited an interactive wall installation around the idea of second-hand clothing especially those that maintain remnants of their previous owners. The clothing had price tags with word associations to describe feelings or sensations by those who’ve worn the items or those merely looking.
서효은 suspended an installation as the centerpiece of the space. Her “pupas” hang from a branch as if being displayed in a woodland wardrobe adding a sense of mysticism, while an accompanying video shows her process in creating and shedding the cocoon.
Miss Baik strategically took advantage of the asymmetrical space and its high ceilings by focusing on artists’ series and large-scale installation creating a totally immersive environment. The event was sponsored by (wine) and later in the evening each artist gave a short oration about their work and process which was followed by the opportunity for discourse with artists and viewers which was richly utilized.