Exhibition: 4-13 Nov 2016 11:00AM-7:00PM
Opening: 3 Nov 2016 6:00-8:00PM
Unfolding Spaces, a solo exhibition by Korean contemporary artist Byung Jae Oh, is the artist’s first ever solo show in Hong Kong. With a continuous focus on “perspectives,” the artist considers other perspectives in addition to his own. He believes that “what one sees” cannot be defined solely by one’s own perspective, which always reflects the perspectives of others.
The artist explored this viewpoint by taking Korean brick houses as his subject matter in the series Patterned Place. During Korea’s rapid urbanization in the 1980s, red brick houses were mass-produced and became the typical residential homes. In Patterned Place, the artist created a cityscape through diverse combinations of multiple canvas pieces.
Although the cityscape shows the houses from the outside, the artist considers the viewpoints of their inhabitants. The paintings reflect both perspectives, maximizing the effect of the reverse perspective.
Although each piece of canvas can be complete on its own, a new cityscape forms when they are connected to one another. Two canvases, four canvases, or six canvases are interestingly conjoined to portray new scenery. Byung Jae Oh’s depiction of spaces from the reverse perspective makes viewers question the way they see things.