Silence, Seoul 2017

Curated by Giuseppe Ruffo  

Jaeyong Choi, Luca Iovino, Nadia Al Issa, Hyom Kang, Sasha Kurmaz 

Paulina Otylie Surys, Grup Budapeszt                                                                                                       

August 5 - August 15, 2017

Opening  Tuesday, August 5, 5-8 pm

UNION SPACE

 7-1 Dorim-ro 126-gil, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

 

 

Silence can be originated from a condition lack of noises, chaos or commotion, and as a form of speech without words but perspicuous. It may thus constitute a particular strength, having explicit message. Leopardi imagines the silence coming that entity manages to go further to the human dimension and the perception of reality, until you get to a profound stillness in endless space. "Human silences, and deepest quiet I thought I pretend " (Leopardi, The Infinite).

Silence can be divided in two categories: the natural harmonic balance between product and living beings and the human silence, which may represent a behavior intended to indifference, evoking, and in some cases crossing the fine line that coexists between ‘human and inhuman (wars, racial discrimination, harassment).

The art is one of the most sublime human activity, a communicative capacity that allows even without the emission of sounds, succeeding to his time to arise emotional states.

The artworks can represent the artist's unconscious part what is out during the creative act, reflecting following their moral values, cultural and ethical.

Luca Iovino

Jaeyong Choi 

Sasha Kurmaz

Tweet your postcard, Naples 2017

Curated by Giuseppe Ruffo  

 

Jae Ahn, Jaeyong Choi, Luca Iovino, Hyom Kang, Morbh, Sasha Kurmaz,                      Paulina Otylie Surys,Marco Vacchi                                                                                                      

The postcard was born at the end of the 1800s, a piece of cardboard used for short correspondences with the intention of replacing the use of expensive letters.  Art over time has gone hand in hand with the development of the postcard.  In fact artists from several different movements, (Art Nouveau, Bauhaus, Futurism and Surrealism among others) have made many strong contributions to the realisation and dissemination of it.  In 1970 mail art was born with Ray Johnson who used postal objects as a form of artistic expression.

The postcard’s function for almost two centuries anticipated the concept of a "Tweet".  In Austria, at the end of the 1800s, a small piece of ivory coloured cardboard was produced, one side of which was intended for a message not exceeding twenty words.  Over the last 150 years the concept of communication has changed surprisingly little and yet, as the world has become more and more hyper-connected, the frequency of communications between people all over the globe has grown exponentially.  The tools that enable this gargantuan operation, in addition to their function of allowing us to communicate and connect to the world, have a subtle and persuasive affect on the user.

The proliferation of such tools as we currently have for mass communication can have strong consequences.  Real world problems like the exploitation of human resources and the exponential increase in waste production need only play a marginal role in our lives while we allow ourselves to remain unceasingly transfixed by perpetual communication.  Commercial advertising for instance, it keeps the population dazzled, feeding us an unending series of complex messages that render the individual a helpless consumer.  

"Tweet your postcard, Naples 2017" is a curatorial concept, a creative act utilising recycled paper in its realisation.  It provides a moment for reflection, analysis and response to the issues we face with modern communication.  The image printed on the front of the postcard effectively sanctions its communicative essence.  The back of the postcard features a frieze piece where you can enter a dedication, message or "paper tweet". with space set aside for an address and for postage.

Communicate freely, requesting your postcard free at grcontemporaryart@gmail.com

Jae Ahn

Paulina Otylie Surys